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Doctor of Business Administration


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First Advisor's Name

Miguel Aguirre-Urreta

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Second Advisor's Name

Atilla Hertelendy

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Third Advisor's Name

Jayati Sinha

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Fourth Advisor's Name

Chaitali Kapadia

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female underrepresentation in business, female representation, gender underrepresentation, women in business, women leaders, female leaders, women in management, females in management, female, women, lack of women, lack of females

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This study examines contributing factors that affect female underrepresentation in management, in the United States (U.S.), within the U.S. workforce. The primary variables of interest are intrinsic motivation, work life balance and organizational climate support, which have typically not been reviewed in depth, in prior research.

Using a framework of varied theoretical approaches, this research studies the relationship between the above-mentioned constructs and gender effect, as related to interest in career advancement opportunities and female leadership underrepresentation within organizations.

The results of this study further validate existing research and highlights the importance of establishing programs, geared towards shifting mindsets and utilizing the valuable skill sets and experiences of females within the workforce.





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