Other Research

AWESOME collects news about significant studies related to women’s leadership in supply chain and in other fields to help network members keep up with developments in the changing environment for women leaders.

You will find other items of interest about women’s accomplishments and trends in women’s leadership in these sections of the website: Insights, Words of Wisdom, News

Research

McKinsey & Co. studies why gender inequality in the workplace is so persistent

— February 13, 2017 News
In a study conducted with LeanIn.org, McKinsey asked over 34,000 men and women in more than 130 companies why the good intentions of so many companies aren’t translating into a truly inclusive work environment. For example, McKinsey research found that, despite attention from business leaders and media, corporate America promotes men at 30 percent higher rates than women during their early career stages.
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Researchers study if gender and marital status affect career-enhancing actions

— February 10, 2017 News
A recent study by researchers at Harvard, University of Chicago and Princeton found that single women tend to downplay their ambition when publicly stating their career goals. The results were published in a study titled “Acting Wife: Marriage Market Incentives and Labor Market Investments.” continue reading

Corporate America has stalled in progress on gender diversity.

— January 4, 2017 AWESOME Insights
A podcast presented by McKinsey & Co. reveals the results of a study undertaken jointly by McKinsey and LeanIn.Org. The primary takeaway was that “corporate America has really stalled in progress on gender diversity,” and that it would take over 100 years to reach parity in the C-suite for women and men. continue reading

Why women may get less engaged as they advance to more senior roles

— November 10, 2016 AWESOME Insights
Results of a BCG study on employee engagement as a critical factor of a company’s success found that in companies with lower overall engagement, “senior women feel the pain disproportionately.” continue reading

Childcare options leave families struggling

— November 6, 2016 AWESOME Insights
According to an article in the October 13 issue of Time magazine, “nearly two-thirds of mothers with children under age 6 work, and families with a working mother spend nearly twice as much on child care as they did 30 years ago, according to the U.S. Census.” continue reading

Pressure to look perfect hits girls’ confidence

— October 13, 2016 AWESOME Insights
A recent study in the UK by the organization Girlguiding found that girls’ attitudes about themselves are even more based on appearance than where they were five years ago. In the age group 11 to 20, 80% felt their looks were the most important thing about them and 93% agreed women were judged more on appearance than ability. continue reading

“Organizations that only take a ‘cookie-cutter’ approach may be likely to find their diversity efforts are not only ineffective, but counterproductive.”

— August 24, 2016 Words of Wisdom
An article on Fortune.com reports on a study exploring why some diversity programs don’t work. The research was conducted by two professors, one from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the other from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. continue reading

17 Reasons Women Make Great Business Leaders

— July 28, 2016 AWESOME Insights
An article on Fortune.com reports on a study exploring why some diversity programs don’t work. The research was conducted by two professors, one from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the other from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. continue reading

AAUW recommends steps to close women’s leadership gap

— July 22, 2016 AWESOME Insights
The American Association of University Women has released findings of its study “Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership,” focusing on women in politics, education and the workplace. continue reading

The challenge of retaining women in tech fields.

— June 23, 2016 AWESOME Insights
An article on Huffington Post, written by Jenny Dearborn, Chief Learning Officer at SAP, reveals that “U.S. women working in science, engineering and technology fields are 45% more likely than their male peers to leave the industry within a year.” (This statistic comes from an article in Harvard Business Review titled, “What’s Holding Women Back in Science and Technology Industries.”) continue reading

Alternatives to being penalized for being “too assertive” at work

— June 2, 2016 AWESOME Insights
A recent report identifies alternative non-verbal expressions of leadership women can use to sidestep the prejudices that make it hard to keep the respect and admiration of their team. The findings, a synthesis of 71 studies testing reactions to people who behave assertively, are the bright spot alongside confirmation that women were disparaged more than men for identical verbal assertive behaviors. continue reading

Report suggests it’s up to women to save the global economy

— May 27, 2016 AWESOME Insights
A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute finds that the world economy would become $28 trillion richer by 2025 if women would participate in the global workforce at the same rate as men. As reported in Fortune, the group’s research extends to developing countries but also points out that a smaller percentage of American working-age women are in the labor force today than were 15 years ago. continue reading

Analysis of new study leads to recommendations for increasing women’s leadership in supply chain

— May 19, 2016 AWESOME Insights
Results from a survey conducted by Gartner among AWESOME network members and others in the industry confirm some widely-held concerns. The study found that the percentage of women in leadership positions decreases as the corporate ladder rises and that many companies are still not taking steps. The report can be downloaded here. continue reading

New study compares views and concerns of male and female Board Directors

— May 13, 2016 News
A 2016 Global Board of Directors Survey, conducted by Spencer Stuart, the WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) Foundation and several academics highlights ways in which individual board members think differently, including whether the director is a man or a woman. continue reading

“I think it’s possible to have flexibility while also having career advancement.”

— April 2, 2016 Words of Wisdom
— One of the respondents to a recent survey conducted by Crain’s Chicago Business and The Chicago Network to find out why women leave their jobs. The most prominent reason was that women felt they weren’t being paid as much as their male counterparts, but recognition, culture, and opportunities for advancement were other key factors. continue reading

Is attitude more important than IQ?

— January 21, 2016 News
According to Dr. Travis Bradberry, writing for Forbes.com, it is. He writes about a new study conducted at Stanford University showing that attitude is a better predictor of success than IQ. The difference, explains Bradberry, has to do with a person’s mindset – which is either a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. continue reading

Research cites agile learning as a key leadership trait

— August 21, 2015 Future Leaders, Leadership Development
The Korn Ferry Institute has found that being able to navigate through novel situations and learn from the experience without becoming rigid makes “agile learners” more able to work through complex problems, drive innovation and grow a bottom line. continue reading

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