Managers’ Political Ideology and Gender Inequality within Organizations
University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Brad N. Greenwood
Temple University - Department of Management Information Systems
January 25, 2016
Although prior research provides significant evidence that political ideology (i.e. liberal or conservative) can influence an individual’s views about gender roles in economic life, little is known about whether these views influence organizations. In this work, we theorize as to why conservative (liberal) managers may have higher (lower) rates of gender inequality in the training, promotion, and turnover of their subordinates, relative to moderate managers. We further theorize that conservative (liberal) managers will be less (more) likely to lead their firm’s diversity initiatives, relative to moderate managers. Using novel microdata from the legal services industry, we find support for the majority of our arguments. We discuss the implications of our theory and findings for individual careers and firm performance.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41
Keywords: Gender, inequality, employment relation, labor markets
Date posted: January 26, 2016
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