Applying a capital perspective to explain continued gender inequality in the C-suite

Fitzsimmons, Terrance W. and Callan, Victor J. (2016) Applying a capital perspective to explain continued gender inequality in the C-suite. Leadership Quarterly, 27 3: 354-370. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2015.11.003


Author Fitzsimmons, Terrance W.
Callan, Victor J.
Title Applying a capital perspective to explain continued gender inequality in the C-suite
Journal name Leadership Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1048-9843
1873-3409
Publication date 2016-01-15
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.leaqua.2015.11.003
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 354
End page 370
Total pages 17
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract Women are still not progressing into executive, CEO or board roles in substantial numbers. We argue that gendered forces operating at societal, organizational, and individual levels inhibit the accumulation of valuable career capital. These forces, typically in combination across a variety of contexts in the life-cycle, create substantial and cumulative limitations upon the ability of women to access and to accumulate the capital required to progress into executive roles in firms. We define this valuable capital for the role of the senior executive and explore the timing and interplay of critical forces that limit the acquisition and development of valuable capital for women. In particular, it is proposed that these forces can be mitigated by the corporate elite who, as board chairs and CEOs, can enhance the ability of middle and senior female managers to access and to acquire the additional valuable career capital required to progress to executive leadership roles.
Keyword Capital
Career
Childhood
Gender
Leadership development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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