Does Gender Stereotyping exist? A case study of Bangladeshi organisations.

Naznin Tabassum, Muhammad Moshfique Uddin, George Lodorfos

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the antecedents of gender stereotyping in Bangladeshi organisations. To achieve this, the factors of gender stereotyping were serialised using gender stereotyping theories and tested in the context of Bangladeshi organisations.

Design/methodology/approach – The study conducted questionnaire survey with 620 participants in 102 listed companies on Dhaka Stock Exchange in Bangladesh. The confirmed factors from doing factor analysis were used to check the association between the factors and Think manager - Think male phenomenon by using PLS-SEM path analysis and the extent of the association was checked by using multiple regression models.

Findings – The findings suggest significance of cognitive, social, cultural and organisational factors to influence the Think manager – Think male perception in Bangladeshi PLCs, however, social and cultural issues stand out as the most significant factors. Therefore, it can be said that social and cultural issues - culture, upbringing, religion and education are positively associated with gender stereotyping in Bangladeshi public limited companies.

Research limitations/implications – This research contributes to theory by providing new perspective on the study of gender stereotyping as an outcome of cognitive perspectives as well as socio-cultural and organisational factors. It allows the academics to view social role theory from a different perspective by validating the phenomenon with empirical data. This study only considered public limited companies listed on Dhaka Stock exchange therefore, future research activities should consider public limited companies on other stock exchanges and private companies as well in Bangladesh and determine any potential boundaries of this findings.

Practical implications – The practical implications of the study are pertinent in the world’s new sustainable development goals to enhance women participation in decision making positions. This study provides guide to Policy makers to develop or revise women empowered legislations to eradicate gender stereotyping behaviours at workplaces.

Originality/value – This study is first to examine the perceptions of professionals in Bangladesh in relation to antecedents of gender stereotyping in senior management positions. As far as known, no research has been undertaken in Bangladesh considering such issue from an organisational perspective using questionnaires that were improved with alignment to the current time and Bangladeshi culture.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2019
EventWomen's Leadership Symposium in Oxford - Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 Jul 20192 Aug 2019


ConferenceWomen's Leadership Symposium in Oxford
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Gender Stereotyping
  • Women in management
  • Organisations
  • Bangladesh


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