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The Glass Ceiling: Structural, Cultural and Organizational Career Barriers for French and Turkish Women Executives

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  • Cansu Akpinar-Sposito

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    (Centre de Recherche Magellan - Université Jean Moulin - Lyon III : EA3713)

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    Abstract: This study is particularly focused on the glass ceiling issues and the main career obstacles for female executives based on the findings of a cross-country comparative study between Turkey and France. Prior to collecting the required data, a review was carried out in both countries, the current available and attitudinal studies related to the concept of the 'glass ceiling'. A comparative descriptive analysis was conducted to show differences in career barriers for women between countries. The field study of this project generated 20 semi-structured interviews with 12 main questions concerning their career background and the glass ceiling syndrome with staff from 12 international companies in both France and Turkey. Interviews lasted approximately for one hour and were conducted in French, Turkish and English. After successively analyzing all the transcripts of the interviews, three ideological approaches have been identified from the field study. The three main topics that were mentioned by the women interviewed in both countries were personal Compromises, Career Encouragers, and Corporate Culture. These findings indicated that there were several similar approaches to helping the career advancement of women in both countries and also different approaches which are unique to each country involved in the study.

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    Date of creation: 20 Nov 2013
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    Publication status: Published - Presented, Le 24ème congrès de l'AGRH 2013, 2013, PARIS, France
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    Keywords: Career barriers; glass ceiling; women in management; Turkey; France.;

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    1. Manuel F. Bagüés & Berta Esteve-Volart, 2007. "Can gender parity break the glass ceiling? Evidence from a repeated randomized experiment," Working Papers 2007-15, FEDEA.
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