A qualitative exploratory inquiry of male automotive manufacturing managers' perceptions of the glass ceiling

by Easter, Jacqueline C., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2016, 165 pages; 10242924


Research on the glass ceiling generally has focused on the perception from women’s point of view. Little is known about the glass ceiling from men’s perception, particularly in the automotive manufacturing industry. The glass ceiling is a metaphor used to describe the invisible barriers that keep women from ascending into senior leadership positions. Through this qualitative exploratory study, the researcher investigated how sex role stereotyping by male managers in automotive manufacturing might perpetuate the glass ceiling. Using interviews with a sample of male managers working or retired from the automotive manufacturing industry, the results of this study showed that the men’s perceptions of the glass ceiling are not too different from women’s perceptions. The perceptions of male managers in this study abetted the perpetuation of the glass ceiling in that they passively agreed to organizational discrimination status quo. Although the participants agreed that women face bias, sex role stereotyping, and inequality when attempting to ascend the leadership ladder, for various reasons men hesitate to take action against it. The implication of the study results indicates people’s actions are motivated by their perceptions. Men’s perceptions of the ideal characteristics of leaders motivate them to take action or not take action. Organizational leaders desiring to remove gender inequality within their ranks may use these results to assist in dismantling the glass ceiling.

AdviserJudith L. Forbes
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Gender studies
Publication Number10242924

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