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ERIC Number: EJ797881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
Gender, Age, and the MBA: An Analysis of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Career Benefits
Simpson, Ruth; Sturges, Jane; Woods, Adrian; Altman, Yochanan
Journal of Management Education, v29 n2 p218-247 2005
Against the background of an earlier study, this article presents the findings of a Canadian-based survey of career benefits from the MBA. Results indicate first that gender and age interact to influence perceptions of career outcomes and second that both men and women gain intrinsic benefits from the MBA. However, intrinsic benefits vary by gender: Men in the study were more likely to gain confidence from having a fuller skill set, whereas women were more likely to gain confidence from feelings of self-worth. In addition, men emphasized how they had learned to give up control, whereas women argued that they had gained a voice in the organization. The role of the MBA in career self-management and in the acquisition of key skills is examined, as well as the implications for the design of programs in meeting the varied needs of men and women in different age groups. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada