Monday, January 12, 2015



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Institute for Workplace Studies-----------------Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

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New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


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[full-text, 44 pages]


Press Release 12 January 2015

Global momentum means more women move into management

New study shows positive link between female leadership and business performance and urges boost from current 5 per cent of women in top positions.


[excerpt from report]

The report underlines the fact that women’s presence in the labour market is

increasingly significant for economic growth and development at both national and

enterprise levels. It seeks to demonstrate the benefits that enterprises stand to gain

in recognizing and supporting women’s talent. As women surpass men in educational

attainment in most regions, they represent an incredible talent pool and national

resource. Women are running more businesses, and consumer-spending decisions

are increasingly in their hands. These realities often seem to be overlooked, even

though there is an intensive search for global talent and skills as economies are based

increasingly on knowledge and technology.


The report shows that women still have to deal with a number of hurdles to reach

positions as CEOs and company board members. While they have advanced in business

and management, they continue to be shut out of higher level economic decisionmaking

despite the last decade of activism to smash the “glass ceiling”.



Background 7

The business case for advancing women in business and management 9

“Glass walls”: Women concentrated in specific management functions 12

Barriers to women’s leadership 15

Glass ceiling still intact and female talent underutilized 17

An expanding pool of female talent 18

Getting rid of the glass ceiling and glass walls 25

What can companies do? 28

Role of advocacy 35

Role of national employers’ organizations 36

The way forward to promoting more women in business and management 38



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