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The Existence of the Glass Ceiling and the Impact on the Participation of Female Executives in the Vietnamese Banking Sector


The glass ceiling is a multifaceted phenomenon because it effects multiple factors. Vietnam is a developing nation. Their culture perceptions toward gender equality have impacted the barriers that Vietnamese women meet in their career progression in the Vietnamese banking sector: the study investigates the glass ceiling existence, participation of female executives, and the relationship between gender and leadership effectiveness. A total of 27.9% of respondents identified the lack of female role models as an obstacle. Women’s lack of ambition in comparison with men was an obstacle for 29.4% of participants. Managerial implications and conclusions are also included.


Andries J. du Plessis, Thi Thu Thao Tran, Jeffrey R. Marriott, and Patrick Dodd

Journal Volume

Asia Pacific Journal of Business and Management, 2015, Volume 6(1/2), 32-48