Attractive Supervisors: How Does the Gender of the Supervisor Influence the Performance of the Supervisees?
41 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2012
Date Written: February 10, 2012
A series of field and laboratory experiments were conducted in which single-sex groups of male or female students competed in different intellectual tasks to earn money or university grades (N = 291). The supervisor of these groups was one of several young and attractive males or females. The results show that when the supervisor was a female, the performance of male participants was, on average, negatively influenced. Group size moderated this effect such that having a female supervisor produced a negative effect in small groups and a positive effect in large groups of male supervisees.
Keywords: performance, supervision, mixed-sex interaction
JEL Classification: D03, M54, J01
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