Gender homophily in the workplace: A brief review of the literature and future directions

Management

Speaker:Aaron Page and Andrew Parker, University of Exeter
Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Time: 10:30
Location: 28 Streatham Court

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Abstract:

This is a SITE seminar

Organizations at their heart are social structures made up of connections between employees. These connections are influenced by the formal structures of the organization such as departments and hierarchical ranks as well as by the way in which work flows through the organization. These connections are also influenced by the preferences of individuals. For example, the literature has long argued that homophily occurs in organizations and that women are excluded from the informal networks of men. Explanations of gender homophily have focused on it occurring as a result of choice and as a result of network structures, notably where senior roles are often held by men. What is not clear is how these two mechanisms interact with each other. We explore the existing literature and set a series of questions for discussion.