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Career Decisions of Indian Female Talent: Implications for Gender-sensitive Talent Management

  • Purpose: Talent scarcity in emerging economies such as India poses challenges for companies,and limited labour market participation among well-educated women has been observed. The reasons that professionals decide not to pursue a further corporate career remain unclear. By investigating career decision making, this article aims to highlight (1) the contextual factors that impact those decisions, (2) individuals’ agency to handle them, and (3) the implications for talent management (TM). Design/methodology/approach: Following a qualitative research design, computer-aided analysis was conducted on interviews with 24 internationally experienced Indian business professionals. A novel application of neo-institutionalism in the Indian context was combined with the family-relatedness of work decisions (FRWD) model. Findings: Career decisions indicate that rebellion against Indian societal and family expectations is essential to following a career path, especially for women. TM as part of the current institutional framework serves as a legitimising façade veiling traditional practices that hinder females’ careers. Research limitations: Interviewees adopted a retrospective perspective when describing their career decisions; therefore, different views might have existed at the moment of decision making. Practical implications: Design and implementation of gender-sensitive TM adjusted to fit the specific Indian context can contribute to retaining female talent in companies and the labour market. Originality/value: The importance of gender-sensitive TM can be concluded from an empirical study of the context-based career decision making of experienced business professionals from India. The synthesis of neo-institutionalism, the FRWD model and the research results provides assistance in mapping talent experiences and implications for overcoming the challenges of talent scarcity in India.

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Author:Nicole BöhmerORCiD, Heike SchinnenburgORCiD
Title (English):Career Decisions of Indian Female Talent: Implications for Gender-sensitive Talent Management
Parent Title (English):Employee Relations: The International Journal
Publisher:Emerald Publishing Limited
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2020
Release Date:2020/08/25
Tag:Family-relatedness of work decisions; Gender; India; Neo-institutionalism; Talent management
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Faculties:Fakultät WiSo
DDC classes:300 Sozialwissenschaften / 330 Wirtschaft
Review Status:Akzeptierte Fassung
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell 4.0 International