Women in international managementAll around the world, the contribution of women towards management is fast taking shape. Countries are moving away from gender discriminative society to one that allows women to maximize their potential. Today’s world boasts of renowned world leaders, such as Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, Johnson Sirleaf, Zipi Livni and many others. What remain to be established are the reasons why, women are still left behind in terms of getting the top management jobs, both in Business. This has been a major issue that has raised a lot of controversy, as far as management is concerned.
So many have come up with myths as to why women are not given the opportunities to serve, as international managers in foreign countries. Cultural factor in Women’s Contribution to international managementThe values and the expectations that regards women’s role in the society in a great way, affects the movement of women up the ladder of management. For some time in the Japanese cultures, women have been left out of the upper cadre jobs, due to cultural beliefs towards their role. Since, women were seen as the ones to take care of the family, while the husband is away, many women could not be allowed to climb up the ladder of management.
They were only confined to the clerical and part time jobs, so that they could find ample time to deal with domestic family matters. Employers due to these could not facilitate the training of women for the top management jobs as they were part of the culture. As such many women were locked out of the managerial and supervisory posts. In order to accommodate more women in international business management, there is need for cultural change.
This means that efforts should be made to do away with stereotypes on women and leadership. This requires efforts from various stakeholders. These stakeholders could include: state governments, business organizations and international world bodies such as the United Nations (Ferguson, 2005). Women need to also take the front position in advocating for their rights. They should be in a position to unite them and lobby their home governments, to provide favorable environment for women, both in their local country and in foreign missions.
The potential of women in management is high, but only if it can be nurtured through this necessary environment. Limited Women expatriate managers Models Role models play a great role in bringing up the zeal to achieve something in life. Given that men are dominating the number of expatriates in the world, does not mean that women are not so successful in being expatriate managers. This is mainly because of enough examples on those that have succeeded in being top manager expatriates. This puts the women at a vulnerable position, one that gives room for accusation of incompetence (Meyer, 2008).
The young generation has however played a key role in changing the trend in management positions to accommodate women. Given that the younger generation is more accommodative to change, 60 percent of the Japanese women are employed. The level of competitiveness in businesses has also seen several large companies in Tokyo, taking up women in managerial positions, so as to facilitate positive public image of companies and attract more customers. However, what remains to be a challenge is that still the disparity in the number of men and women is still large in the top most positions.