Gender Egalitarianism and Career Expectations: Comparing China, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, and Turkey

By Veronique Goehlich, Kirsten Wuest and Sabine Palm.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

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Gender egalitarianism is a subject of growing importance. In January 2012, we conducted a survey with a sample of 193 students of economics from China, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, and Turkey. The focus of this study was to investigate how nationality and gender influence students' career expectations. A further aim was to examine whether the results correlate with Hofstede’s masculinity/femininity dimension and with the two GLOBE study sub-dimensions of gender egalitarianism regarding “society values” and “society practice.” We found that our results did not correlate with Hofstede's except for one country (China). The correlation with the sub-dimensions of the GLOBE study was, with one exception (Russia), much higher, which indicates that the masculinity/femininity dimension articulated by Hofstede needs to be questioned.

Keywords: Gender Egalitarianism, Intercultural Dimensions, Career Expectation, Globalization, Accessibility and Accommodation

The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 15, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 330.598KB).

Dr. Veronique Goehlich

Professor, International Business, Pforzheim University, Berlin, Germany

Dr. Kirsten Wuest

Professor, Quantitative Methods, Pforzheim University, Pforzheim, Germany

Sabine Palm

Research Assistant, International Business, University Pforzheim, Pforzheim, Germany