International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Gender-Based Stereotypes and Managerial Careers in Diverse Socio-Economic Environments: The Cases of Greece and Nigeria
Dimitrios M. Mihail, Christiana O. Ogbogu

This study investigates business students’ attitudes towards women’s ability to lead as managers in two countries with diverse socio-economic environments (Nigeria and Greece). It also indentifies the factors that shape such attitudes. A structured questionnaire was administered on 310 business students from Nigeria and 305 from Greece. Results of the ANOVA, MANOVA and univariate F tests analyses performed revealed that male students in both countries expressed negative stereotypic attitudes towards women as managers compared to their female counterparts. Gender was dominant and emerged as the most significant source of stereotypic attitudes towards women’s ability to take up managerial responsibilities. The study submits that ‘think manager-think male’ is a global phenomenon which is consistent with gender-centered perspective. Given the dearth of research on stereotyping and women’s career prospects in Greece and Nigeria, this study contributes to debates in the academia on the issue of analyzing empirically stereotypic attitudes toward women as managers.

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