Violation and activation of gender expectations: Do Chinese managerial women face a narrow band of acceptable career guanxi strategies?

Zhu, Yunxia, Konrad, Alison M. and Jiao, Hao (2015) Violation and activation of gender expectations: Do Chinese managerial women face a narrow band of acceptable career guanxi strategies?. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 33 1: 53-86. doi:10.1007/s10490-015-9435-y


Author Zhu, Yunxia
Konrad, Alison M.
Jiao, Hao
Title Violation and activation of gender expectations: Do Chinese managerial women face a narrow band of acceptable career guanxi strategies?
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1572-9958
0217-4561
Publication date 2015-10-24
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10490-015-9435-y
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 53
End page 86
Total pages 34
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract We proposed a conceptual model arguing that stereotype violation and stereotype activation combine to create a narrow band of acceptable career strategies for women in management. Utilizing a sample of 324 Chinese managers (162 pairs of women and men matched on education, years of work experience, and employing organization), we examined the effects of gender on three career development outcomes: number of subordinates supervised, life satisfaction, and career satisfaction. Results indicated that being female had a significant negative main effect on all three outcomes. Ten significant interactions supported the theoretical effects of both stereotype violation and activation on women’s managerial career development, consistent with our conceptual model. The findings suggest that Chinese women in management face a narrow band of acceptable career strategies, especially in the area of creating social capital. The results highlight the importance of testing both stereotype violation and stereotype activation effects and of creating social capital through appropriate networking.
Keyword Chinese women managers
Gender roles
Guanxi
Human capital
Social capital
Stereotype activation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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