Are Corporate Career Development Activities Less Available to Female Than to Male Expatriates?

Jan Selmer*, Alicia S M LEUNG

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    Despite the growing interest in female expatriates, few empirical studies have focussed on corporate career development activities available to women. Given the faltering corporate support for female business expatriates in general, one may presume that such organizational activities are less available to women than to men. To test this proposition, a large number of Western female and male business expatriates assigned to Hong Kong responded to a mail survey. Controlling for differences between the two gender groups, three significant gender differences were found, all indicating a lower availability of these corporate activities to women than to men, partially supporting expectations. These corporate career development activities were fast track programs, individual career counseling and career planning workshops. Implications of these findings for globalizing firms as well as for their female employees are discussed in detail.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)125-136
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Business Ethics
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Business and International Management
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Law

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Career development
    • Corporate activities
    • Expatriates
    • Female
    • Globalization
    • International management


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