Reputation and social capital: A hammer for the glass ceiling
Through a case study of the DeGroote Women’s Professional Network of the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, this article investigates how and to what extent women’s networks can contribute to building the female leadership pipeline by combating women’s barriers to obtaining leadership roles. Supported by a thorough review of literature, the study examines the perceived and potential value members acquired from the Network. The results reveals while the DWPN may have the structure to support these elements, both network facilitators and members must consciously use the network strategically to support their advancement. Further study insights included seven recommendations on how networks can build members social capital and five pillars a network must incorporate to be positioned to support the advancement of women.
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