The present study aimed to understand the influence of organisational family friendly policies on female managers’ careers. Since the literature seems rather ambiguous, a systematic literature review (SLR) was the method used to find the answer to the research question. This involved the extraction, analysis and interpretation of research papers published in the last 5 years. The SLR sample included, therefore, 14 peer-reviewed articles, whose selection followed the SLR protocol, and a content analysis was used to make sense of the results. These suggest the existence of a contextualised influence of family friendly policies on female managers’ careers. This is to say that in organisations where gender stereotypes are predominant as is the norm of the ‘ideal worker’, the policies are not influential and could even be detrimental. It is, however, in organisations where there are larger number of female employees that they are more beneficial. If such is the case, then this means that human resource management has a vast field to work on. Thus, human resource management can create the conditions for real equality of opportunity for all workers, regardless of life styles, gender or any other biological attributes.
|Date of Award||7 Jul 2020|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||Maria Isabel Guimarães (Supervisor)|
- Organisational family friendly policies
- Female managers’ careers and systematic literature review
- Mestrado em Gestão de Recursos Humanos