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Experiences of Matrilineal Solomon Islands Women Leaders in the Formal Sector

This thesis explores Solomon Islands women leaders working in the formal sector of the Solomon Islands, and how they perceive their matrilineal cultural heritage has influenced their career progression. This study is motivated to give empirical substance to address issues of women’s invisibility in the formal sector of the Solomon Islands. Qualitative research methodologies, specifically, in-depth interview and narrative inquiry were utilised to capture the stories of 14 women, from their matrilineal upbringing, through to their respective careers in the formal sector. All the participants are employed in either the public sector or the Government sector and are based in the capital of Honiara, Solomon Islands. Appropriately, critical feminist theory was employed to analyze and uncover elements of my data that best depicts the women’s authentic experiences, challenges, and successes. The key findings of this study found that the women do attribute certain ideals within their matrilineal upbringing to their career progression, but acknowledge that regardless of this, there are still barriers and challenges present within the formal sector that continues to impede the participation of women in the managerial roles of organisations.
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Teaheniu, D. K. (2016). Experiences of Matrilineal Solomon Islands Women Leaders in the Formal Sector (Thesis, Master of Management Studies (MMS)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/10781
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