Gender, globalisation and development: a re-evaluation of the nature of women’s global work


Hutchings, Kate, Pamela Lirio, and Beverly Dawn Metcalfe. 2012. "Gender, globalisation and development: a re-evaluation of the nature of women’s global work." The International Journal of Human Resource Management 23 (9): 1763–87.

Authors: Kate Hutchings, Pamela Lirio, Beverly Dawn Metcalfe


Though women remain under-represented among expatriate managers due to a range of organisational and cultural barriers in selection and individual relocation concerns, they have begun to pursue alternative routes towards a global career such as frequent travel and undertaking domestic positions with international development and community development responsibilities. In this paper, we explore the perceptions that Middle Eastern and North American women have of traditional and new trajectories in global work and careers and conclude that increased flexibility allows women to pursue global development opportunities differently throughout their lifetime careers, permitting them to adapt to work–life circumstances. Thus, our research provides new insights into the nature and dynamic of the nature of women’s global work and careers.

Keywords: development organizations, global careers, middle east, North America, women

Topics: Development, Economies, Gender, Women, International Organizations, Livelihoods Regions: Africa, MENA, Americas, North America

Year: 2012

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