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Joining the Dark Side: Women in Management in the Dominican Republic

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  • Jenny K. Rodriguez


Address for correspondence: Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, Armstrong Building, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, England; e-mail: jenny.rodriguez@ncl.ac.uk

Abstract

This article presents evidence of the challenges faced by women in management in their interactions with men and other women, contesting the idea that men organizationally oppress women and suggesting instead that both men and women can be organizational oppressors of women. Using empirical evidence, this article provides new insights into the working lives and challenges of women in a Latin American and Hispanic Caribbean context. The article highlights struggles of power and credibility in women in management's relationships with men and other women. It draws on findings of research conducted in the public sector in the Dominican Republic, where in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with professional men and women. This article has significant implications for advancing understanding of the dynamics of gender and organizations in developing countries, in particular, the experiences of women in management.

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