Is it the human resource policy to blame?

Abdulfattah Yaghi
  • Gender in Management An International Journal, October 2016, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/gm-11-2015-0094

What is it about?

This paper tries to examine whether public policy causes women leaders to quit their jobs. Very often researchers and practitioners argue that when governments adopt HR policies, such as localization of workforce, the policies must protect women and prevent them from quitting or changing jobs.

Why is it important?

This paper is important because it reports that while HR policies are important and governments should continue to implement policies that protect women at work, the policies alone does not guarantee a full protection or empowerment for women. There are many other factors that are important for women to remain in leadership positions, such as the organizational culture, organizational practices, and women's ability to fight back.


A Yaghi
UAE University

I think this paper is a genuine academic effort to broaden our perspective when we discuss women issues and other difficulties that women may face in the workplace. It also calls for better understanding of the workplace and the necessity to create organizational cultures that support women based on their merits, rather than their mere gender.

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