What is it about?

The purpose of this paper is to explore the transition of midlife women from employment in organizations to self-employment. It examines how midlife women account for their transition from organizations to self-employment; why they opted for self-employment rather than simply changing organizations and their experience of self-employment.

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Why is it important?

Silence about midlife women leaving organizations perpetuates high costs for both the organization and the individual involved. Organizations need to address the negative and discriminatory perceptions about midlife women and recognize the trend towards more, not fewer, older women in the workplace and value the experience, skills and knowledge they bring.

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The paper is original in that the focus is on women in midlife, which is unique, as previous research about women in organizations has rarely encompassed the experiences of this group of women moving into self-employment.

Professor Julie Hodges
Durham University

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This page is a summary of: The transition of midlife women from organisational into self‐employment, Gender in Management An International Journal, May 2012, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/17542411211221277.
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