Routine Regulation: Balancing Contrasting Goals in Organizational Routines

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Claus Rerup
Associate professor , Western University, Ivey Business School

9 December 2016 - T025 - From 10:00 am to 11:30 am


Managerial Role Transitions for Members of HighReliability Occupations

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Nishani Siriwardane
Harvard Business School

5 December 2016 - T104 - From 9:10 am to 10:40 am


Do Women Network Differently From Men? Gender and Contact Mobilization in the Search for Managerial Work

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Adam M. Kleinbaum
Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, USA

28 October 2016 - Room Bernard Ramanantsoa - From 10:30 am to 12:00 pm


To date, research on network-based mechanisms contributing to the gender gap in career attainment has primarily focused on gender differences in network structure, implicitly assuming that structure determines how people use their networks. Contrary to these predictions, status construction theory suggests that women might mobilize more contacts then men because they seek gender-specific advice and information from women peers. To empirically examine gender differences in tie mobilization, we exploit a strategic setting, in which male and female students in an elite MBA program have access to their school’s alumni database, thus largely equalizing their potential network and enabling us to disentangle effects of network structure from tie mobilization. Using a unique dataset of server logs of students’ use of this database, we find that women mobilize more contacts primarily because they mobilize more women peers, a result consistent with women seeking gender-specific advice and information. We also do not find evidence to support an alternative interpretation of our results that women mobilize more contacts to compensate for gender-biases in hiring. Our findings suggest that equalizing access to potential networks can be an important step toward promoting gender equity in career attainment.


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