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Women in business: Barriers faced by women and how to overcome them in leadership roles in Thailand

Samthong, Neungruethai (2022) Women in business: Barriers faced by women and how to overcome them in leadership roles in Thailand. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Purpose - This study explores barriers faced by women in leadership roles and solutions to overcome them in business in Thailand. In addition, to investigate the opinions of others who have experience in working with/for females in leadership roles and to encourage more women leaders into Thai society, which in the future may help to close the gender gap in Thailand.

Design/methodology/approach - A qualitative research with open-ended questionnaires. The sample group is divided into two groups, namely: women in leadership positions and people who have experience working with/for women in leadership roles in Thailand, in order to understand insight of this topic.

Findings - Barriers do exist for female leaders in business in Thailand. Female leaders accepted the existence of the following barriers; glass ceiling, gender stereotyping, sexual harassment, social structure and limited support or promotion from managers/companies. The degree of impact depends on each leader. Male-dominated industries have more of barriers for female than other industries. Therefore, the solutions recommended by women leaders are education, support from government and other agencies, including women's groups, private groups, employers, personal strength and social awareness. Another part of the findings are the perceptions others have of female leaders, with advantages and areas for improvement of having female leaders.

Originality/value - This study gains knowledge of barriers faced by female leaders as well as solutions to overcome barriers in Thai society. As the researcher believes there was research done to investigate barriers for female leaders in Thailand, but not many have offered solutions to overcome barriers. The research uses the literature and identifies barriers faced and solutions female leaders believe can help to break or prevent barriers which should be beneficial to women and other researchers in the future.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Female Leaders; Thailand; barriers; solutions; people’s perceptions
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > Leadership
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Leadership
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Classes of Labour > Women and Work
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2022 15:38
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2022 15:38

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