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South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2222-3436
Print version ISSN 1015-8812

Abstract

DOUBELL, Marianne  and  STRUWIG, Miemie. Perceptions of factors influencing the career success of professional and business women in South Africa. S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. [online]. 2014, vol.17, n.5, pp.531-543. ISSN 2222-3436.

This article reports on an empirical study that investigated factors influencing women's career success. Statistics relating to the field of women in management indicate that, worldwide, women are underrepresented in executive and decision-making positions. Women face unique challenges in their career pursuit that may prevent them from moving up to executive positions. A framework to investigate the factors influencing career success indicates that factors such as demographics, personality, culture, barriers, external and internal support impact on the career success of women. This study surveyed a sample of 301 professional and business women in South Africa. The results of the empirical survey showed that there are statistical significant relationships between groups of women based on their demographics and their perceptions of the factors that influence their career success.

Keywords : women management; gender parity; career success.

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