The More, the Merrier? Women in Top-Management Teams and Entrepreneurship in Established Firms

Jacob Lyngsie, Nicolai Juul Foss

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    Abstrakt

    We study the association between firms' entrepreneurial outcomes and their gender composition. Though highly topical, there is little solid empirical knowledge of this issue, which calls for an inductive approach. We match a paired-respondent questionnaire survey with population-wide employer-employee data, and find evidence that the presence of female top managers is positively related to entrepreneurial outcomes in established firms. Yet, this relation is conditional on the proportion between male and female top managers. Another finding is that the overall proportion of women in the firm's workforce negatively moderates the relation between female top managers and entrepreneurial outcomes. We discuss various mechanisms that can explain these findings, and argue that they are best understood in terms of the dynamics of social categorization.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftStrategic Management Journal
    Vol/bind38
    Udgave nummer3
    Sider (fra-til)487–505
    Antal sider19
    ISSN0143-2095
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2017

    Emneord

    • Female leadership advantage
    • Gender composition
    • Top-management teams
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Social categorization

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