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Towards mentoring the Indian organizational woman: Propositions, considerations, and first steps


  • Haynes, Ray K.
  • Ghosh, Rajashi


The globalized Indian economy creates employment opportunity for educated Indian women and increases gender diversity in Indian Enterprises (IEs). Increased gender diversity presents myriad challenges for integrating women into the managerial ranks of IEs. We highlight these challenges, offer propositions on the Indian culture, the status of women within IEs, and formal mentoring as a human resource development initiative. Further, we use social identity theory as a lens for understanding these challenges, and integrate knowledge from the Western literature on mentoring women. We conclude by suggesting first steps for developing formal mentoring programs aimed at the Indian organizational woman.

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  • Haynes, Ray K. & Ghosh, Rajashi, 2012. "Towards mentoring the Indian organizational woman: Propositions, considerations, and first steps," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 47(2), pages 186-193.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:47:y:2012:i:2:p:186-193
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2011.04.005

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    1. Pawan S. Budhwar & Debi S. Saini & Jyotsna Bhatnagar, 2005. "Women in Management in the New Economic Environment: The Case of India," Asia Pacific Business Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(2), pages 179-193, June.
    2. Deborah O’Neil & Margaret Hopkins & Diana Bilimoria, 2008. "Women’s Careers at the Start of the 21st Century: Patterns and Paradoxes," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 80(4), pages 727-743, July.
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