Beyond the glass ceiling: The glass cliff and its lessons for organizational policy

Bruckmuller, Susanne, Ryan, Michelle K., Rink, Floor and Haslam, S. Alexander (2014) Beyond the glass ceiling: The glass cliff and its lessons for organizational policy. Social Issues and Policy Review, 8 1: 202-232. doi:10.1111/sipr.12006

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Author Bruckmuller, Susanne
Ryan, Michelle K.
Rink, Floor
Haslam, S. Alexander
Title Beyond the glass ceiling: The glass cliff and its lessons for organizational policy
Journal name Social Issues and Policy Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1751-2395
Publication date 2014-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/sipr.12006
Open Access Status
Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page 202
End page 232
Total pages 31
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract It has been almost 30 years since the metaphor of the "glass ceiling" was coined to describe the often subtle, but very real, barriers that women face as they try to climb the organizational hierarchy. Here we review evidence for a relatively new form of gender discrimination-captured by the metaphor of the glass cliff-that women face when they obtain positions of leadership. Such positions often prove to be more risky and precarious than those of their male counterparts. We summarize evidence demonstrating the existence of glass cliffs in business and politics as well as experimental work that identifies a number of factors contributing to the phenomenon. We then discuss implications for policy and practice, highlighting the importance of understanding women's and men's experiences in the workplace rather than treating gender diversity as merely "a numbers game."
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