RIWAC Research Institute for Women and Careers JAPAN WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY


【Report】 Symposium : “Why don’t women want to become managers?”

Date : 16th December, 2017

Place : Shinsenzan-kan   Japan Women’s University (Mejiro campus)   2-8-1 Mejirodai,Bunkyo-ku,Tokyo

In population declining society, women’s labor participation is considered indispensable. In the workplace, expectations for women are increasing more and more due to lack of human resources. However, the proportion of female managers is still low and women are said to be reluctant to become manager. The Symposium theme is “Why don’t women want to become managers?” and we think about its cause based on research results of psychology and sociology and also have a view of new leadership image beyond gender difference.

Part 1: Keynote lecturer

Emeritus Professor Michiko Homma of Japan Women’s University gave a Keynote Lecture on the theme of “Why don’t women want to become managers?” Based on the research of social psychology, she gave us her presentation about the problems of women’s leadership (motivation for promotion), leadership conformity, and new leadership oriented in social changes towards a new era.

Part 2: General Discussion

Two panelists reported on the theme of “Why don’t women want to become managers?” based on the research of sociology and on that of social psychology respectively.

Prof. Nami Otuski, University of the Sacred Heart, gave a lecture about “Management intention of young adult men and women segment”. She reported the reason why Japanese enterprises have a low number of female managers, and some research results about management intention of men and women getting a job in an employment ice age, and also about that of new employees (the first year and the second year after joining a company.

Prof. Kiriko Sakata, Hiroshima University, gave a lecture about “Psychological and social factors refusing women’s promotion”. She reported some factors refusing women’s motivation for advance and some issues to heighten women’s motivation, and effectual leadership.

At the end, the General Discussion started with answers to questions from the floor. The above Professors and Coordinator, Prof. Machiko Osawa, Director of Research Institute of Women and Careers gave detailed answers from their own respective viewpoint.