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Title: Gender, age and the MBA: An analysis of extrinsic and intrinsic career benefits
Authors: Simpson, R
Sturges, J
Woods, A
Altman, Y
Keywords: MBA; Gender; Career benefits; Management education
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Journal of Management Education. 29(2): 218-247
Abstract: Against the background of an earlier UK study, this paper presents the findings of a Canadian based survey of career benefits from the MBA. Results indicate firstly that gender and age interact to influence perceptions of career outcomes (young men gain most in terms of extrinsic benefits of career change and pay), and secondly that both men and women gain intrinsic benefits from the MBA. However, intrinsic benefits vary by gender: men in the study were more likely to say they gained confidence from having a fuller skill set while women were more likely to say they gained confidence from feelings of self worth; men emphasised how they had learned to give up control while women argued that they had gained a ‘voice’ in the organization. The role of the MBA in career self- management and the acquisition of key skills are examined as well as the implications for the design of programmes in meeting the varied need of men and women in different age groups.
ISSN: 1052-5629
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Brunel Business School Research Papers

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