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The Changing Face of Women Managers in Asia

1st Edition

By Chris Rowley, Vimolwan Yukongdi


288 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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The influence of Asian cultures and religious traditions has often been used to explain Asian women’s under-utilisation and under-representation in management. This book examines the influence of culture and tradition on organisational and management practices, and how these affect the progress of women in management in Asian economies. This book, written by prominent scholars of the Asian region, explores which organizational and management practices are universal, and which other aspects (such as human resource practices) are culture specific, and how these in turn affect the advancement / representation of women in the Asian region.

Higher educational levels, falling fertility rates and sectoral changes have contributed to women’s increasing participation in the labour force. As women become more educated and qualified for managerial positions, the number of Asian women managers and executives is predicted to rise over the next decade.

The Asian economies covered by this up-to-date collection have undergone rapid economic transformation. Until now, most research on contemporary women managers has been drawn from studies conducted in developed countries. Covering case studies in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, this book uses different perspectives to examine the constraints, opportunities and challenges for women managers in the Asian context and presents an update on their progress in management.

Table of Contents

1. The Changing Face of Women Managers in Asia: Issues and Challenges (Vimolwan Yukongdi & Chris Rowley) 2. The Changing Face of Women Managers in China (Fang Lee Cooke) 3. The Changing Face of Women Managers in Hong Kong (Catherine W. Ng & Evelyn Gaik-Hoon Ng) 4. The Changing Face of Women Managers in Japan (Masae Yuasa) 5. The Changing Face of Women Managers in Malaysia (Azura Omar) 6. The Changing Face of Women Managers in Singapore (Hwee Hoon Tan) 7. The Changing Face of Women Managers in South Korea (Joohee Lee & Chris Rowley) 8. The Changing Face of Women Managers in Taiwan (Wen Chi Grace Chou, Chih-Chieh Chen, Patricia Fosh, Deborah Foster) 9. The Changing Face of Women Managers in Thailand (Vimolwan Yukongdi) 10. The Changing Face of Women Managers in Vietnam (Anne Vo) 11. Conclusion (Chris Rowley & Vimolwan Yukongdi)

About the Authors

Chris Rowley is the inaugural Professor of Human Resource Management at Cass Business School, City of London University, UK. He is the editor of the leading journal Asia Pacific Business Review. Recent publications include (as co-editor) Globalization and Labour in the Asia Pacific Region; Managing Korean Business; The Management of Human Resources in the Asia Pacific Region and Globalization and Competition: Big Business in Asia; (and as author) The Management of People: HRM in Context.

Vimolwan Yukongdi is Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Central Queensland University, Australia. She recently co-edited a Special Issue of the Asia Pacific Business Review on ‘Women in Asian Management’ which has been published in book form.

About the Series

Working in Asia

This series is designed to offer a fresh and added dimension to the standard academic texts in the area of Asian Business. The titles in the series aim to show how corporations in Asia work in practice, and how change is being experienced by individual members of these organisations. The series will be of interest to students and also to new managers assessing the Asian job market and working environment. Working in Asia is designed to:
* provide readable texts illustrating topics relevant to studies of contemporary business management in Asia
* take an insider's view of changes impacting on the experience of working in corporations in Asia
* illustrate how and why these changes are occurring
* illustrate vividly how individual members of these corporations are recognizing opportunities arising from change
* make general predictions on how working in and with corporations in Asia will change in the near future.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General