HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

The perception of the glass ceiling in high technology companies

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2005

Publication Title

Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies

ISSN or ISBN

1548-0518

Volume

12

Issue

1

First Page

16

Last Page

23

Description

In recent years, there has been increasing concern that gender bias has prevented women from advancing as rapidly and as frequently as men into management positions. Although the number of women managers has increased, they may experience difficulty moving into upper management positions. The purpose of our research was to study employee gender and the positions held in high technology companies. A number of variables were considered which were tested to uncover the perception of a glass ceiling which may affect female employees' opportunities for advancement. Using a sample of 318 full-time employees from seven different high-technology companies, the results indicated that position held was significantly different for male and female employees. The results also indicated that neither male nor female employees appeared to notice the apparent glass ceiling within their companies. Implications are discussed and recommendations provided. Key Words: Gender Bias in Position, Glass Ceiling, High Technology Company

DOI

10.1177/ 107179190501200103

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