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Modifying best practices in women's advancement for the Latin American context

Modifying best practices in women's advancement for the Latin American context Purpose – To stimulate research on Latin American businesswomen's career development and help human resource practitioners design culturally‐adapted advancement programs. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 27 interviews with human resources professional from US Fortune 500 companies with business in Latin America undertaken during 2001‐2003 are the basis for reporting on women's advancement programs in Latin America. A survey of literature on culture in Latin American work organizations provides basis for suggestions about cultural adaptation of these programs. Latin American businesswomen's perceptions of their own career development, recorded in interviews with over 100 businesswomen in six Latin American countries in 2002 by participants in the Women Business Leaders in Latin America project, corroborate these suggestions. Findings – Women's initiatives imported from the USA to Latin America are likely to suffer several shortcomings unless modified to accommodate several common cultural attributes of Latin American work organizations. Practical implications – Provides a guideline for developing gender diversity practices specifically suited to the Latin American context. Originality/value – Major cross‐national projects on women, culture and leadership in business to date tend to neglect the Latin American region. This research begins to highlight and remedy that lacuna. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Women in Management Review Emerald Publishing

Modifying best practices in women's advancement for the Latin American context

Women in Management Review , Volume 20 (4): 13 – Jun 1, 2005

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0964-9425
DOI
10.1108/09649420510599070
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Abstract

Purpose – To stimulate research on Latin American businesswomen's career development and help human resource practitioners design culturally‐adapted advancement programs. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 27 interviews with human resources professional from US Fortune 500 companies with business in Latin America undertaken during 2001‐2003 are the basis for reporting on women's advancement programs in Latin America. A survey of literature on culture in Latin American work organizations provides basis for suggestions about cultural adaptation of these programs. Latin American businesswomen's perceptions of their own career development, recorded in interviews with over 100 businesswomen in six Latin American countries in 2002 by participants in the Women Business Leaders in Latin America project, corroborate these suggestions. Findings – Women's initiatives imported from the USA to Latin America are likely to suffer several shortcomings unless modified to accommodate several common cultural attributes of Latin American work organizations. Practical implications – Provides a guideline for developing gender diversity practices specifically suited to the Latin American context. Originality/value – Major cross‐national projects on women, culture and leadership in business to date tend to neglect the Latin American region. This research begins to highlight and remedy that lacuna.

Journal

Women in Management ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2005

Keywords: Women; Culture (sociology); Leadership; Business environment

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