Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding Gender Roles in the Workplace: A Qualitative Research Study
by Michel, Andrea, M.S., Pepperdine University, 2020, 71; 28086466
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study explored female leaders’ experiences with gender norms, implicit bias and microaggressions that they have experienced over the course of their careers. Research questions explored what gender norms exist, how they show up behaviorally in the workplace, and how gender norms, implicit bias and microaggressions impact women. 12 women participated in the study and were asked 12 interview questions. Participants’ answers to these questions were coded to highlight themes. Themes were identified as communication, diplomacy, leadership style, family commitments, physical appearance, and pink roles for data analysis. Key themes were summarized, and key research findings were discussed. Key recommendations for organizations and OD practitioners highlight the need for organization members’ awareness on current gender norms, bias, and microaggressions, learning and development for all levels of leadership to prevent and address issues, and ways to review current organization structure barriers and creating opportunities for representation within an organization.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Feyerherm, Ann, Mangiofico, Gary
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior, Gender studies, Womens studies
Keywords: Gender bias, Gender norms, Implicit bias, Microaggressions, Women's leadership
Publication Number: 28086466
ISBN: 9798662575240
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