Gender equality in firm leadership worldwide: Where are we now and how do family and non-family firms differ?

Ahrens, Jan-Philipp ; Onneken, Freya ; Rottler, Maren ; Strohmeyer, Robert ; Torchia, Mariateresa

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Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication Online: 2023
Book title: Women in family business : New perspectives, contexts, and roles
Page range: 1-33
Publisher: Barrett, Mary ; Huybrechts, Jolien ; Lee, Jean
Publishing house: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN: tba
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Mittelstandsforschung u. Entrepreneurship (Woywode 2007-)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (ifm)
Subject: 330 Economics
Keywords (English): gender equality , equality in leadership , sustainable development goals , family firms , non-family firms , global overview
Abstract: This research is an overview of the status quo of gender equality in firm leadership in over 30million large family and non-family firms in 103 countries on the basis of big data and algorithm-based identification. The documented perturbations of gender equality in leadership positionsacross the planet, and the implied ignorance of the principle of selecting the best leader from ajoint pool of men and women, provide a science-based affirmation that human societies need tocontinue to develop towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 5 “genderequality” in order to further unfold human progress and potential. From a planetary perspective,we show that leadership equality at the top management level is higher in family firms comparedto non-family firms and that there is high heterogeneity across countries.

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