Female part-time managers: Networks and career mobility
Durbin, S. and Tomlinson, J. (2010) Female part-time managers: Networks and career mobility. Work, Employment and Society, 24 (4). pp. 621-640. ISSN 0950-0170
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017010380631
This paper explores sixteen female part-time managers’ promotional prospects, mobility and experiences of networking in relation to their career progression. It attempts to explain the labour market position of female part-time managers comparing their employment experiences, career progression and networking while working full and part-time. Findings reveal that the majority had successful career histories while full-time but that these careers stalled once a transition to part-time work was made, women voicing frustration with their employment prospects in terms of mobility and promotion. Mobility was particularly limited given the perceived lack of quality jobs at managerial level in the external labour market. There was recognition that networking had made an important contribution to career progression but for most women, the transition into part-time employment meant that opportunities to network decreased due to time constraints.
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