Career Success Factors of Women in the Public Sector: An Empirical Analysis of the Korean Central Government

  •  Yujin Choi    


The present study examines why some women are more successful in their careers than others. Althoughconsiderable research has been conducted on determining factors in women’s career success in the private sector,those factors in the public sector remain under-researched. Two main goals of this study are (1) to investigate thefactors affecting the career success of women in the public sector and (2) to assess the relative importance ofpersonal factors and situational factors for women’s career success. This study empirically tests a comprehensivemodel of career success that includes both objective and subjective elements using a survey of female publicofficials in the Korean central government. The results reveal that personal factors are associated more withwomen’s objective career success than situational factors, and situational factors are related more to thesubjective career success than personal factors.

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