Romantic relationships at work and attributions for the occupational success of participants
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
The research on romantic relationships at work was extended in two studies. In Study 1, 102 working people provided information about their experience of organisational romance in New Zealand. The results revealed many similarities to the findings of studies conducted in other countries. In Study 2, in an experiment, 144 students completed the Women as Managers Scale and made attributions for the promotion of stimulus managers who were involved in a workplace romance. As hypothesised, female subjects with more positive attitudes toward women in management tended to attribute the promotion of a female manager to internal factors rather than to external factors. Contrary to predictions, female managers were more favourably evaluated than male managers. However, as expected, there was a tendency for women to be more derogated than men for being romantically involved with a high status partner rather than a low status partner. The results were explained in relation to research on sex biases in evaluation. The implications of the findings for women and the management of organisational romance are discussed.