Glass ceiling in Nigeria’s banking sector: perspectives of senior male employees

Dennis Pepple, Raphael Oseghale, Elly Nmecha

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Abstract
Purpose: This study examines senior male employees’ perspectives on glass ceiling in the Nigerian banking sector.
Methodology: The data were collected qualitatively using interviews with 43 senior male employees in four Nigerian banks.
Findings: This study finds that senior male employees acknowledge the challenges their female counterparts face concerning promotion. Senior male employees’ views on the value of gender-diverse leadership underscore the illusion of a ‘level playing field’ because of a gender-neutral performance policy and a family-friendly policy for women. Nonetheless, the study notes a divergence in senior male employees' perspectives about the professional progression of female employees (based majorly on age and ethnicity). Our study concludes that the organisational culture and leadership that underpin poor female career progression are embedded in and driven by the culture in our empirical context.
Originality: Our examination of senior male employees’ perspectives on glass ceiling in the Nigerian banking sector offers significant theoretical and practical contributions to the extant literature on gendered occupational segregation by providing unique insights into how patriarchal societal and occupational culture, as well as (limited) family-friendly policies for women, influence the configuration of men’s views of gendered occupational segregation in the Nigerian banking sector
Original languageEnglish
JournalGender in Management: An International Management
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Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2024

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