Social Identity and Governance: The Behavioral Response to Female Leaders

Gangadharan, L and Jain, T and Maitra, P and Vecci, J (2015) Social Identity and Governance: The Behavioral Response to Female Leaders. Discussion Paper. Monash Business School, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper uses data from art factual field experiments and surveys conducted in 61 villages in India to examine whether men and women respond differently to women as leaders. We investigate the extent to which behavior towards female leaders is influenced by experience with women in leadership positions. We find evidence of significant male backlash against female leaders, which can be attributed to the transgression of social norms and in particular, a violation of male identity, when women are assigned to positions of leadership through gender based quotas. Increased exposure to female leaders reduces the extent of bias.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender, Governance, Leaders, Affirmative action, Male backlash, Artefactual field experiment, India
Subjects: Leadership
Organization Behavior
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2015 04:41
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2015 04:41
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/439
Publisher URL: http://www.buseco.monash.edu.au/eco/research/paper...
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