Jamali, Dima, Sidani, Yusuf and Safieddine, Assem
Constraints facing working women in Lebanon: an insider view
Women In Management Review, 20, (8), . (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
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