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Factors influencing the career success of professional and business women in South Africa

Marianne Doubell, Miemie Struwig
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 17, No 5 | a514 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v17i5.514 | © 2014 Marianne Doubell, Miemie Struwig | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 January 2013 | Published: 28 November 2014

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Marianne Doubell, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Miemie Struwig, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

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Abstract

This article reports on an empirical study that investigated factors influencing women’s career success. Statistics relating to the field of women in management indicate that, worldwide, women are underrepresented in executive and decision-making positions. Women face unique challenges in their career pursuit that may prevent them from moving up to executive positions. A framework to investigate the factors influencing career success indicates that factors such as demographics, personality, culture, barriers, external and internal support impact on the career success of women. This study surveyed a sample of 301 professional and business women in South Africa. The results of the empirical survey showed that there are statistical significant relationships between groups of women based on their demographics and their perceptions of the factors that influence their career success.

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