Best Practices: Gender Diversity Management

Sanjana Singh, Eva Jaspers, Tanja van der Lippe


Despite the popular use and cost implication of Gender diversity management (GDM) practices, there has been little evidence on its success. The limited research on its effectiveness focuses on its ability to improve women’s representation, rather than their integration into the firm. We evaluate this integration through a network based measure of gender diversity – capturing the interactions among men and women. This is done using a recent large-scale survey of seven common GDM practices deployed in 182 teams, embedded in 62 organisations, across 6 industries and 9 European countries. Thus we hope to provide the first systematic evidence on the relative effectiveness of seven GDM practices based on the three levels they are rolled out: (i) organisational, (ii) managerial, and (iii) individual level.

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