Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Prof., Industrial Management department, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran

2 MSc. Student of Public Administration, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran


In recent years, women’s presence has increased in society and in work spaces. Nevertheless,
the rate of their promotion to high ranking managerial positions does not correspond to their
educational developments in most of countries, especially in Iran due to some barriers which
are different in different societies and companies and at different times. The aim of this
survey is to identify and prioritize the barriers keeping women away from managerial
positions (in oil industry). In this research the barriers of women’s presence in managerial
positions identified using a qualitative method and interview with 47 experts and mangers of
oil industry in Tehran. Then the barriers prioritized from the viewpoint of women and men
using Analytic Hierarchy Process. The results show men consider the individual barriers more
important and have a negative attitude towards women's capabilities and capacities, while
women consider the individual barriers less important.


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