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ERIC Number: ED311343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 19
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Women in Management: Some Yesterday, More Today.
Alexander, Martha A.
Although historically the number of men in management has outnumbered women, the number of women is increasing. However, attitudes in general still presume that men are more competent for managerial roles than are women. The purpose of this study was to examine how business and management students view women's personal attributes for management; the extent to which sex-role stereotypes influence students' attitudes toward women managers; and the extent to which students' attitudes toward women in management mirror those of students in the 1960s and 1970s, which could be summed up in the phrase, "think manager, think male." During the academic year of 1986-87, students (N=119) in a college of business at an urban, commuter university completed a questionnaire in which they identified skills they considered requisite to managerial success and indicated their perceptions as to selected behavioral components were more typical of female managers, male managers, managers in general, or neither male nor female mangers. Students also indicated their preference for a male or female manager and perceptions of their own managers. In general, findings suggest favorable attitudes toward women by students and less observable sex-typing of the managerial roles as masculine. The majority of students did not perceive women as unsuitable for managerial jobs. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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