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Women’s lack of managerial advancement: An unlikely case of victim mentality

Maria Metz

ANZAM | Published : 2003


Advancement in organisations can be limited by a variety of internal and external factors. Attribution theory suggests that people are more likely to attribute failure experiences to external than internal factors. This tendency can lead to a "victim mentality", particularly in women, who have been traditionally under-represented in management. A victim mentality can be problematic because it would hinder women's efforts to address the individual factors, if these were the true barriers. Over 1000 employees in one large multinational organisation were surveyed. The results do not provide evidence of a victim mentality, because the women in this sample are strikingly similar to men in terms o..

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