EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The Attraction and Retention of Black Woman Actuaries

Lettie Basani Phume and Anita Bosch

Global Business Review, 2020, vol. 21, issue 2, 392-403

Abstract: The STEM disciplines are characterized by a shortage of women and actuarial science is no exception. This phenomenon is even more prevalent where black women are concerned. The purpose of this study was to investigate the internal and external factors that contributed to black women in South Africa choosing mathematics in school and actuarial science at university, and ultimately qualifying and persisting in the field. This multiple case study investigated the experiences of six black women qualified actuaries in South Africa. Narratives and interviews were used to collect data detailing experiences in three phases: choosing mathematics in school, choosing actuarial science at university and persisting with their studies, and persisting in the field. Thematic analysis was conducted. The results indicate that there were multiple external factors that had contributed to their choices, but the greatest determining internal factor was self-efficacy. Aspects that enhance self-efficacy are discussed from which management practice recommendations are made.

Keywords: Actuary; female; women; gender; black; South Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
References: View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0972150918778908 (text/html)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:sae:globus:v:21:y:2020:i:2:p:392-403

DOI: 10.1177/0972150918778908

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in Global Business Review from International Management Institute
Bibliographic data for series maintained by SAGE Publications ().

 
Page updated 2020-09-26
Handle: RePEc:sae:globus:v:21:y:2020:i:2:p:392-403