Boardrooms nowadays are no longer men's preserve. This is also true in Asia. As Asia's workforce now embraces more well-educated women, an increasing number of women are calling the shots in companies.
But under the shining and high-powered fa?ade, women mangers face no easy life. First and for most, finding a balance between work and life remains a perennial quest that never delivers results. Women managers should always be ready to prove they are head and shoulders above men to show who is in charge.
Compared with their western counterparts, women managers in Asia may find it even more difficult to get to the top. Entrenched ideas about women's role in family and society means level playing field in workplace is constantly out of reach. A lack of social support and relevant laws in Asian companies has also meant these ideas show no sign of waning in the foreseeable future.
So why is the number of women managers on the rise in Asia? What does it take to become a woman manager in Asia?
Ni hao, you're listening to People In the Know, bringing you insights into the headline news in China and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing. In this edition of the show, we'll take a look at women managers in Asia.
Today, we are joined by Chris Rowley, Professor of Human Resource Management at City University London, also co-author of the book: The Changing Face of Women Managers in Asia, and Fang Lee Cooke, Professor of Human Resource Management and Chinese Studies at RMIT University, Australia.