Constraints facing working women in Lebanon: an insider view

Jamali, Dima, Sidani, Yusuf and Safieddine, Assem (2005) Constraints facing working women in Lebanon: an insider view. Women in Management Review, 20, (8), 581-594. (doi:10.1108/09649420510635213).


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Purpose: the ascendancy of women to top management positions is a perennial problem plaguing organizations worldwide. The purpose of this paper is to present some insights relating to this pervasive phenomenon from a Middle Eastern context by exploring the constraints reported by Lebanese women managers throughout their careers.
Design/methodology/approach: literature review and qualitative research methodology consisting of interviews with 62 Lebanese women managers in different fields of occupation.
Findings: the findings suggest that the constraints reported by Lebanese women managers are similar to those reported worldwide. The main differences revolve around the strongly felt salience of cultural values and expectations constraining women to traditional roles and a more accentuated sense of patriarchy.
Originality/value: the value added of this research is to present an insider view and fresh perspective into career constraints facing women from a non-traditional context, namely Lebanon. In view of the Western-centric nature of academic publication on the topic, there is a real need and added value in empirical research stemming from an Arab-Middle Eastern context

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1108/09649420510635213
Additional Information:
ISSNs: 0964-9425 (print)
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Keywords: careers, gender, lebanon, middle east, women, women executives
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 47711
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2005Published
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:23

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