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An exploratory study of sexual harassment in Pakistani organizations

Ali, Faiza, Kramar, Robin (2014) An exploratory study of sexual harassment in Pakistani organizations. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 32 (1). pp. 229-249. ISSN 0217-4561. E-ISSN 1572-9958. (doi:10.1007/s10490-014-9380-1) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Despite prior research on the influence of national regulatory and cultural factors on sexual harassment (SH) in the workplace, few studies have examined SH, its impact on victims and redress processes in Muslim majority countries (MMCs) such as Pakistan. This study uses neo-institutional theory to develop a more comprehensive framework to explore SH experienced by women in the workplace in Pakistan. Qualitative methodology is adopted to examine employees’ and managers’ perceptions of SH. Drawing on interviews with working women and human resource managers in six Pakistani organizations, this study demonstrates that even when there are formal policies designed to prevent SH, cultural factors influence policy implementation. It reveals that there is a tension between traditional culture and behavior consistent with SH policies in the workplace. This study identifies three major factors which influence SH redressal; these are socio-cultural factors (e.g., female modesty), institutional factors (e.g., inappropriate redress procedures), and managerial expertise/bias.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10490-014-9380-1
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Faiza Ali
Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 13:20 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:37 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41195 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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