AWESOME/Gartner Research

AWESOME and Gartner study women’s supply chain leadership

The complete report of the 2018 Women in Supply Chain Survey is now available for download.

AWESOME and Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory company, are collaborating on research that will shed light on and track progress toward the advancement of women in supply chain leadership roles. Women continue to be underrepresented at senior levels, even though companies are competing for the best supply talent and utilizing women’s talents is increasingly a source of competitive advantage.

In 2016, AWESOME and Gartner set out to establish a baseline, and in 2017 and 2018, tracked women’s progress in the field and assessed goals and strategies being applied by companies to improve opportunities for women.

2018 Study

The 2018 Women in Supply Chain survey collected and analyzed responses from supply chain leaders in manufacturing, retail, and other companies managing complex supply chains. This year’s survey also include companies that provide logistics services integral to supply chain, such as third-party transportation and logistics, consulting, and technology providers.

The 2018 survey gives us valuable insights to help make a difference for women’s leadership in supply chain. Results were presented at the 2018 Symposium by Dana Stiffler, Research VP, Gartner. 2018 AWESOME Gartner Report

2017 Study

The second AWESOME/Gartner survey was launched in February 2017 to assess progress made in the past year and also identify barriers or enablers contributing to that progress. Participants in the study were supply chain leaders in manufacturing, retail, or other companies managing complex supply chains.

Results of this survey were reported by Dana Stiffler, Research VP, Gartner, at the 2017 AWESOME Symposium, May 3-5 in Chicago.

Key findings include:

    • Among different kinds of companies, consumer goods continues to lead in its progression of women leaders, while the industrial sector has edged up slightly.
    • Organizations are embracing recruiting and broader pipeline planning – practices that lead to more substantive results than employee workgroups and leadership training.
    • Executive focus and action, recruiting policy changes, and high visibility of senior female leaders are the primary reasons companies make progress.

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2016 Study

The first AWESOME/Gartner survey was conducted in 2016 to determine the representation of women leaders in those leadership roles. The research also set out to highlight specific activities companies are engaged in to better attract, develop, retain and advance women in supply chain organizations.

According to Dr. Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director, “One of the most surprising findings is that although there is a general perception that women are gaining higher levels of leadership in supply chain, the survey found that actual progress is much slower than that perception would suggest.”

“This study gives a foundation to work from so we can measure actual progress going forward,” she added.

Results were released at the AWESOME Symposium in May 2016 and the report can be downloaded here. The research also was described in an article in Supply Chain Management Review written by Dr. Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director, and Dana Stiffler, Research Vice President at Gartner Research.


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As a follow-up, one-on-one interviews were conducted with some of the original respondents to further explore their experiences and their insights into effective company strategies to advance women.

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