The career success/personal failure phenomenon as perceived in others: Comparing vignettes of male and female managers

Mina Westman*, Dalia Etzion

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Abstract

The present paper reports results from a study aiming to explore perceived gender-related attitudes toward career success and personal failure. Participants in the study were 233 management students and executives who were requested to give their reactions to four versions of a vignette describing a successful manager. Results show, on the whole, that career success was perceived as a major cause of personal failure, the reasons being hard work and long hours, rather than obsession with material gain. The personal price paid by successful individuals was perceived differently depending on their gender and initial marital Status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-224
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1990

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