The Glass Ceiling: Existence Barriers Affecting Women’s Career Development
Purpose: The primary aim of the study was to investigate and analyze the barriers to women's career development. Design/Methodology/Approach: The overall study is a structure based on the conceptual framework created using the relevant literature review, analyzing and researching more about the women career development influenced by Internal Business Structural Barriers, Societal Barriers, Governmental Barriers, Situational Barriers, Personal Barriers, of "Glass ceiling" (GC) in the private sector, in the hospitality industry. The data were collected from 150 women employed in the hospitality industry, while 132 out of 150 responded to the questionnaire. Findings: From the analysis of the general findings of the study, it can be concluded that referring to the purpose of the study, the influence of "Glass ceiling" barriers on the WCD were achieved, and the influence of GC barriers on WCD was also identified, which enables the women career development in the private sector of the hospitality industry in Kosovo. Practical implications: Although women already make up a significant contribution to the business world and the hotel industry workforce, men continue to take up most managerial positions. Despite their academic advancement and interest in managing this sector, they are still influenced by "Glass Ceiling" as a barrier for women to advance in their careers at senior levels of supervisory and managerial positions. Originality/value: Due to the lack of research on the "Glass Ceiling" such a problem has not been researched in Kosovo. This study contributes to the literature on the challenges and barriers faced by women in developing in their careers.