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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

On-line version ISSN 2071-0763
Print version ISSN 0258-5200


LEWIS-ENRIGHT, Karen; CRAFFORD, Anne  and  CROUS, Freddie. Towards a workplace conducive to the career advancement of women. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2009, vol.35, n.1, pp.136-144. ISSN 2071-0763.

The aim of this study was to start designing a workplace conducive to women's career advancement. Appreciative inquiry was selected as an appropriate methodology, given the slow progress that has been made in addressing gender equality at work. Seventeen men and women working in the finance division of a large organisation were invited to participate in an appreciative inquiry workshop. This was followed by interviews with four leadership team members. While no original ideas or solutions emerged from the interventions, participants of the appreciative inquiry process demonstrated a shift in thinking, more positive emotional responses, a shared vision for the future and improved willingness to assume accountability for change.

Keywords : career advancement; women and work; workplace design; leadership; inquiry workshop.

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