Academy of Strategic Management Journal (Print ISSN: 1544-1458; Online ISSN: 1939-6104)


Societal and Cultural Barriers Impact on Womans Contribution in the Private Service Sector

Author(s): Adel Mahmoud Al Samman, Mahmoud Khalifa, Mahmoud Abdelsaheb

Even though there had been a substantial advancement regarding the gender parity and women’s empowerment, there are still cultural and societal challenges down the road. This paper aims to investigate the impact of such challenges. The study encompasses workers of the private service sector in Bahrain. 182 questionnaires were distributed, using a simple random sample, to employees of different specialties. Simple and multiple regressions were used to analyze the data and test hypotheses. The main findings of the study reveal a statistically significant effect of the social barriers of women's work in its various dimensions on the work of women in commercial companies in the private sector, where the most influential dimensions were the social status of women, followed by society's view of women's work and women's involvement in leadership positions. The research recommends working to improve the society's negative view towards working women, which would broaden the society's vision of Bahraini women in assuming leadership positions in the private sector.

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