The Effectiveness of Negotiation Skills Training in Advancing the Status of Women in Male Dominated Fields: An Evaluation of CWSE-ON's Negotiation Skills Training Workshop

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Title: The Effectiveness of Negotiation Skills Training in Advancing the Status of Women in Male Dominated Fields: An Evaluation of CWSE-ON's Negotiation Skills Training Workshop
Authors: Shaw, Jerie
Date: 2014
Abstract: Gender equality has been linked to several positive organizational outcomes, including improved overall organizational performance (Dezsö & Ross, 2012). Yet, several fields in Canada, such as technology and engineering, remain male-dominated (Statistics Canada, 2009). Men and women communicate differently, and women's communication styles are sometimes perceived as weak, particularly in male-dominated fields (Carli, 2001). Women's preference for a more communal communication style also manifests in negotiations: women are less likely to negotiate, and when they do negotiate they are less direct and ask for less than men do (Babcock & Laschever, 2003). In order to help women develop the skills they require to advance their status in male-dominated fields, the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering delivered five negotiation skills training workshops for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Ontario. This thesis evaluates this training program using Kirkpatrick and Kirkpatrick's (2006) four-level training evaluation model, with questionnaires and qualitative semi-structured follow-up interviews as the main data collection methods. Ultimately, the thesis concluded that CWSE-ON was successful in creating a training program that produced positive results at multiple levels of the Kirkpatrick model. The program was particularly effective at encouraging participants to transfer their new skills back to the workplace and actually change their negotiation behaviours. The implications of these findings for training professionals is explored in depth.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/31853
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-6751
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