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Common Careers, Different Experiences: Women Managers in Hong Kong and Britain [Hardcover]

Common Careers, Different Experiences: Women Managers in Hong Kong and Britain [Hardcover]

By Katharine Venter (Author)
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This book explores the lives and careers of women managers in Hong Kong and Britain and documents two important findings: first, the pattern of women's careers and how these are affected by differences in culture; second, the way in which women managers experience their work and their world. Comparative analysis of women managers in Britain and Hong Kong reveals very significant differences in both these spheres. These have profound implications for our conceptualization and contextualization of culture and women's experiences. The empirical foundation of these arguments is based on results from over 400 questionnaire responses for men and women managers in Hong Kong and Britain and 45 in-depth interviews with women managers in the two societies. The book reports the research findings and explores their implications for understanding the position of women in management.

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Studio: University of Washington Press
Pages   245
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   1.03 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   University of Washington Press
ISBN  962209547X  
ISBN13  9789622095472  

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How do they differ?  Aug 7, 2003
In science, one often strives to conduct experiments where you have 2 sets of similar subjects, and you vary the environments in different ways, to see what transpires. That is the spirit of this fascinating treatise. The authors contrast the experiences of female managers in Britain and Hong Kong. Both groups are well educated (usually with an undergraduate degree at least) and are middle class to upper middle class. Plus, both countries are developed.

They found some striking differences. In Britain, if you are a middle class woman, chances are, so too were your parents. Courtesy in part of the British class structure. But in Hong Kong, due to the rapid postwar industrialisation, there is far less correlation, and a greater belief by the women in meritocratic advancement.

The authors go on to discuss other factors. An interesting sidenote is the availability of servants to the Hong Kong women, due to an endless supply of uneducated labour in Guangdong. This lets women maintain a career path soon after childbirth. A harder option in Britain, despite maternity leave legislation.

All in all, a good comparison of the female struggle for careers and achievements across cultures.


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