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Right time to join? Organizational imprinting and women's careers in public service organizations

Ashworth, Rachel ORCID:, Krøtel, Sarah Maria Lysdal and Villadsen, Anders R. 2023. Right time to join? Organizational imprinting and women's careers in public service organizations. Gender, Work and Organization 30 (3) , pp. 773-792. 10.1111/gwao.12911

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Women across the economy continue to encounter difficulties in progressing their careers as occupational segregation and precarious conditions symbolized by the “glass ceiling” and “glass cliff” indicate. Theories of imprint‐organization fit indicate that organizational munificence at the time of appointment may be an important influence on individual careers. Prosperous conditions at the time of hire might generate confidence and capability, whilst scarcity may prompt resourcefulness and resilience. While these effects have been examined in small private firms, they have been relatively unexplored in the context of public service organizations. Moreover, there has been little attention to the study of organizational munificence in the context of women's careers. Drawing on the Integrated Database for Labor Market Research in Denmark, this study evaluates the impact of organizational munificence at appointment on subsequent financial career benefits for women in Danish public services. Results indicate that resource scarcity at the time of appointment is related to enhanced career outcomes, and that the influence of conditions at the outset of a woman's career is more pronounced for women with lower levels of experience and education. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
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Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0968-6673
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 October 2022
Date of Acceptance: 11 August 2022
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 23:20

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