Advanced search
1 file | 522.18 KB Add to list

Do gender differences in career aspirations contribute to sticky floors?

Author
Organization
Abstract
Purpose – This study tests hypotheses regarding the importance of employee preferences in explaining Sticky Floors, the pattern that women are, compared to men, less likely to start to climb the job ladder. Data/methods – We use original data obtained using a survey and a vignette study in which participants had to score the likeliness with which they would accept job offers with different promotion characteristics. Findings – The main findings are that female young professionals have a less pronounced preference for more demanding and less routinary jobs and that this effect is mediated by the greater risk aversion and anticipated gender discrimination among women. No gender differences were found in the relative likeliness to apply for jobs that involve a promotion in terms of job authority. Limitations – The vignette method assumes that artificial settings with low stakes do not bias results. Another limitation follows from the focus on interorganizational promotions among young professionals, which raises the question to what extent the results can be generalized to broader settings. Originality/value - This article contributes to the literature on gender differences in careers by measuring the impact of employee preferences on gender differences in career decisions.
Keywords
Preferences, Lab experiment, Gender, Promotion

Downloads

  • s1-ln241761701063468757-1939656818Hwf-1677928935IdV-70824944724176170PDF HI0001.pdf
    • full text
    • |
    • open access
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 522.18 KB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

MLA
Deschacht, Nick, Ann-Sophie De Pauw, and Stijn Baert. “Do Gender Differences in Career Aspirations Contribute to Sticky Floors? .” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANPOWER 38.4 (2017): 580–593. Print.
APA
Deschacht, N., De Pauw, A.-S., & Baert, S. (2017). Do gender differences in career aspirations contribute to sticky floors? . INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANPOWER, 38(4), 580–593.
Chicago author-date
Deschacht, Nick, Ann-Sophie De Pauw, and Stijn Baert. 2017. “Do Gender Differences in Career Aspirations Contribute to Sticky Floors? .” International Journal of Manpower 38 (4): 580–593.
Chicago author-date (all authors)
Deschacht, Nick, Ann-Sophie De Pauw, and Stijn Baert. 2017. “Do Gender Differences in Career Aspirations Contribute to Sticky Floors? .” International Journal of Manpower 38 (4): 580–593.
Vancouver
1.
Deschacht N, De Pauw A-S, Baert S. Do gender differences in career aspirations contribute to sticky floors? . INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANPOWER. 2017;38(4):580–93.
IEEE
[1]
N. Deschacht, A.-S. De Pauw, and S. Baert, “Do gender differences in career aspirations contribute to sticky floors? ,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANPOWER, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 580–593, 2017.
@article{8045252,
  abstract     = {Purpose – This study tests hypotheses regarding the importance of employee preferences in explaining Sticky Floors, the pattern that women are, compared to men, less likely to start to climb the job ladder.

Data/methods – We use original data obtained using a survey and a vignette study in which participants had to score the likeliness with which they would accept job offers with different promotion characteristics.

Findings – The main findings are that female young professionals have a less pronounced preference for more demanding and less routinary jobs and that this effect is mediated by the greater risk aversion and anticipated gender discrimination among women. No gender differences were found in the relative likeliness to apply for jobs that involve a promotion in terms of job authority.

Limitations – The vignette method assumes that artificial settings with low stakes do not bias results. Another limitation follows from the focus on interorganizational promotions among young professionals, which raises the question to what extent the results can be generalized to broader settings.

Originality/value - This article contributes to the literature on gender differences in careers by measuring the impact of employee preferences on gender differences in career decisions.},
  author       = {Deschacht, Nick and De Pauw, Ann-Sophie and Baert, Stijn},
  issn         = {0143-7720},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANPOWER},
  keywords     = {Preferences,Lab experiment,Gender,Promotion},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {580--593},
  title        = {Do gender differences in career aspirations contribute to sticky floors? },
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJM-10-2015-0171},
  volume       = {38},
  year         = {2017},
}

Altmetric
View in Altmetric
Web of Science
Times cited: