Corporate Gender Culture

59 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2021

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Renee B. Adams

University of Oxford

Ali C. Akyol

University of Ottawa

Pauline A. Grosjean

UNSW Business School, School of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: July 4, 2021


We show workplace culture is gendered. We apply computational linguistic models to listed firms’ reports to an Australian gender-equality agency to construct the first systematic measures of ‘corporate gender culture’—firms’ practices pertaining to the treatment of women across seven dimensions, from recruitment and promotion to maternity leave and sexual harassment. Our measures reveal that firms treat women systematically differently from men, but also that gender differentiation varies across industry and firm characteristics. The cultural dimension that best predicts women’s representation in corporate leadership is also the one that best predicts firm performance, namely equality of training opportunities.

Keywords: corporate gender culture, firm performance, gender diversity, computational linguistics, gender differentiation

JEL Classification: G39, L25, M50

Suggested Citation

Adams, Renée B. and Akyol, Ali C. and Grosjean, Pauline A., Corporate Gender Culture (July 4, 2021). UNSW Business School Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

Renée B. Adams

University of Oxford ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

Ali C. Akyol (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa ( email )

55 Laurier Ave E
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5


Pauline A. Grosjean

UNSW Business School, School of Economics ( email )

High Street
Sydney, NSW 2052

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

United Kingdom

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