1st Edition

Women Leadership in Emerging Markets Featuring 46 Women Leaders

Edited By Shireen Chengadu, Caren Scheepers Copyright 2017
    350 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    350 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book focuses on the increase in female leadership over the last fifty years, and the concrete benefits and challenges this leads to in organizations. It moves beyond the typical focus on developed, Western contexts and answers the call for research on how women in emerging markets rise above the proverbial “glass ceiling”.

    The authors integrate two underdeveloped topics that are highly relevant to modern business: women in leadership roles, and women in emerging markets. They examine how women leaders in a range of professional services—including accounting, consulting, law, engineering and medicine—have managed to navigate their careers while considering the role emerging markets play in their work. Based on cutting-edge research, the topics are brought to life through examples and profiles of leading women across Africa, the Middle East and the Far East. These narratives, told in the leaders’ own words, are key to understanding women’s achievements and the barriers they face.

    Students of leadership, diversity, gender studies, and human resource management will learn much from this insightful book.

    Foreword: Women’s Leadership in Emerging Markets Kathryn Kolbert and Prof Nick Binedell

    Overview and Orientation to the Book Shireen Chengadu and Caren Scheepers

    1. Macro-level Perspective on Women Leadership Shireen Chengadu and Pravina Makan-Lakha

    2. Women Leadership in Context Caren Scheepers

    3. Women Movements in Emerging Markets Caren Scheepers, Sonja Swart; Kelly Alexander and Hema Parbhoo

    4. Women Leaders in Education Sunny Stout-Rostron

    5. Institutional Level Interventions on Women Leadership Desray Clark and Verity Hawarden

    6. Workplace Barriers Faced by Women Leaders in Emerging Markets Ashleigh Shelby Rosette and Jasmien Khattab

    7. Women Leadership in Entrepreneurial Contexts Yogavelli Nambiar and Renuka Methil

    8. Women in Professional Services Cecily Carmona

    9. Women Leadership in Corporate Enterprises Maxine Jaffit and Kelly Alexander

    10. Women on Boards Shirley Zinn, Mpho Nkeli, Cecily Carmona and Hema Parbhoo

    11. Conclusion Caren Scheepers, Shireen Chengadu and Kerry-Lee Durant


    Shireen Chengadu is an adjunct faculty member at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria and Founding Director of Chengadu Advisory, both in South Africa. Her advisory business and lecturing expertise lies in unlocking full leadership value through the intersectionality of gender, race and class, and business, government, and society.

    Caren Scheepers is Senior Lecturer on Contextual Leadership and Organizational Development and Change at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Psychology and is an accredited professional coach with the International Coaching Federation.

    "Chengadu and Scheepers have written an important and innovative book, bringing to life the often unheard voices of female leaders in emerging markets and challenging the dominant narrative of Western and Eurocentric leadership paradigms. Through thisframework, the editors skillfully illuminate the resilience of these pioneers and the trends they are setting."

    Debora Spar, President, Barnard College, USA