Women and the New Corporate Governance: Pathways for Obtaining Positions of Corporate Leadership
33 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2006
A comprehensive study of how women managers perceive the pathways and obstacles to economic and business leadership would inform the strategic planning of both business organizations and individuals. Such a study should be sensitive to the complex nature and history of the issue, and, to be comprehensive, it should employ analytical tools from disciplines that address different perspectives on how and why women succeed in business. The focus of this Article is to begin that study by identifying some of the major pathways for women to obtain positions of leadership in business and corporate governance.
In Part I, we provide some of the historical background relating to women in business. Part II focuses on the extant sources of data and theory associated with the phenomenon of women in the global workforce, and more specifically that of women in positions of economic and business leadership. Part III follows by examining the role of mentoring as a pathway of success for women in the corporate hierarchy. In Part IV, issues of gender and ethics, specifically involving whistleblowing, are considered. Conclusions are provided in Part V.
Keywords: corporate governance, leadership, gender studies, women, corporations, discrimination
JEL Classification: K22, K31, J78
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