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Title: The challenges faced by women in management within a financial institution
Authors: Borg, Carmen Marie (2021)
Keywords: Women middle managers -- Malta
Work-life balance -- Malta
Stereotypes (Social psychology) -- Malta
Sex discrimination -- Malta
Issue Date: 2021
Citation: Borg, C. M. (2021). The challenges faced by women in management within a financial institution (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: The scope of this study is qualitative research is to explore the challenges and hinderances that women in middle management encounter within a financial institution in Malta. A look is also taken at the factors that enable women in their career progression within this organisation and the attitudes towards gender quotas. The study is based on Acker’s (1990) Theory of Gendered Organisations and the perception of the “ideal worker”. To accomplish the aim of the research, eight semi-structured interviews were held amongst four female and four male informants who hold top managerial careers within the organisation. The Thematic Analysis approach (Braun & Clarke, 2006) was used to collect data and to analyse the data. The research highlights three leading obstacles that are hindering women from making it to the top management positions of a financial institution. These are; 1) The gender roles and guilt feelings 2) stereotyping and discrimination 3) Lack of Networking and Mentorship. Also highlighted within the research are factors which enable women’s progression and the attitudes towards gender quotas within the organisation. The factors identified in facilitating career progression are: 1) Academic achievements through lifelong learning 2) Flexibility. Attitudes to quotas findings have shown conflicting views on quotas with half of the respondents considering quotas as an accelerator towards C-suite positions. The interlinking factors of gender roles, guilt feelings, stereotypes and lack of mentorship contribute to creating an imperceptible barrier towards woman’s career advancements.
Description: B. WHR(Hons)(Melit.)
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - CenLS - 2021

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