Women and the New Corporate Governance: Pathways for Obtaining Positions of Corporate Leadership

33 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2006

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Cindy A. Schipani

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Terry Morehead Dworkin

Indiana University Bloomington - Office for Women's Affairs

Angel Kwolek-Folland

University of Florida

Virginia G. Maurer

University of Florida

Marina V. N. Whitman

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Abstract

A comprehensive study of how women managers perceive the pathways and obstacles to economic and business leadership would inform the strategic planning of both business organizations and individuals. Such a study should be sensitive to the complex nature and history of the issue, and, to be comprehensive, it should employ analytical tools from disciplines that address different perspectives on how and why women succeed in business. The focus of this Article is to begin that study by identifying some of the major pathways for women to obtain positions of leadership in business and corporate governance.

In Part I, we provide some of the historical background relating to women in business. Part II focuses on the extant sources of data and theory associated with the phenomenon of women in the global workforce, and more specifically that of women in positions of economic and business leadership. Part III follows by examining the role of mentoring as a pathway of success for women in the corporate hierarchy. In Part IV, issues of gender and ethics, specifically involving whistleblowing, are considered. Conclusions are provided in Part V.

Keywords: corporate governance, leadership, gender studies, women, corporations, discrimination

JEL Classification: K22, K31, J78

Suggested Citation

Schipani, Cindy A. and Dworkin, Terry Morehead and Kwolek-Folland, Angel and Maurer, Virginia G. and Whitman, Marina V. N., Women and the New Corporate Governance: Pathways for Obtaining Positions of Corporate Leadership. Maryland Law Review, Vol. 65, p. 101, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=906649

Cindy A. Schipani (Contact Author)

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

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Terry Morehead Dworkin

Indiana University Bloomington - Office for Women's Affairs ( email )

Bloomington, IN
United States

Angel Kwolek-Folland

University of Florida ( email )

PO Box 117165, 201 Stuzin Hall
Gainesville, FL 32610-0496
United States

Virginia G. Maurer

University of Florida ( email )

PO Box 117165, 201 Stuzin Hall
Gainesville, FL 32610-0496
United States

Marina V. N. Whitman

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States

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