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Modupe Akinola: Stereotypes Harm Black Lives and Livelihoods, but Research Suggests Ways to Improve Things. Management researcher Modupe Akinola explains on how stereotypes hurt Black Americans and what we can do to counter them.

Modupe Akinola: Women Are Less Likely to Delegate Than Men—and That Might Hurt Their Careers. When women don’t delegate, they have less time for big-picture work and mentoring.

The late Katherine W. Phillips: A Seat at the Head of the Table. From the 1970s into the ’90s, women made serious progress in the workplace. Then that progress stalled, especially at the top.

The late Katherine W. Phillips: College-Educated Women Are the Workplace Majority, but Still Don’t Get Their Share. Women in the U.S. have earned more degrees for decades, but it wasn’t until this year that they edged out college-educated men in the work force. Though they still make a lot less money.

Daniel Wolfenzon: Gender Pay Gaps Shrink When Companies are Required to Disclose Them. Government-mandated reporting of gender pay discrepancies has been a subject of much debate in the last 5-10 years. Those arguing for legislation…

Michael Johannes: Mind the gap: Business schools help women break the glass ceiling. There are plenty of female finance graduates, but few make it to senior positions.

Mabel Abraham: From Inclusion to Support: How to Build a Better Workplace. At the New Rules Summit, participants working in groups proposed changes to create equitable environments in the workplace. Here are the topics, quotations from group leaders and takeaways.

Sheena Iyengar: The Netflix Effect At Work? How Can Leaders Conquer Decision Paralysis? When tackling a tough decision, leaders should rely on a basic framework that asks: What are we trying to accomplish? Which decision achieves that, while also remaining true to our core values?

Faculty Publications

Scaling Big in India: Leveraging Behavioral Science to Help Feed Millions, Gita Venkataramani Johar, Shilpa Madan & K. Ganesh.
Stanford Social Innovation Review, August 2020.

The Demotivating Effects of Communicating a Social-Political Stance: Field Experimental Evidence from an Online Labor Market Platform, Vanessa Burbano. Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, June 2020.

Gender Differences in Preferences for Meaning at Work, Vanessa Burbano, Nicolas Padilla, Stephan Meier. IZA - Institute of Labor Economics, March 2020.

Are Women More Creative Than Men? The Gendered Effects of Networks and Genres on Musical Creativity, Michael Mauskapf, Noah Askin, Sharon Koppman, Brian Uzzi. February 2020.

Why East Asians but not South Asians are underrepresented in leadership positions in the United States, Jackson G. Lu, Richard E. Nisbett, and Michael W. Morris. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, February 2020. 

Congruence between Leadership Gender and Organizational Claims Affects the Gender Composition of the Applicant Pool: Field Experimental Evidence, Vanessa Burbano and Mabel Abraham. Social Science Research Network, June 2019.

Diversity thresholds: How social norms, visibility, and scrutiny relate to group composition, Modupe Akinola. Academy of Management Journal, February 2019.

Do Firms Respond to Gender Pay Gap Transparency? Daniel Wolfenzon, Morten Bennedsen, Elena Simintzi, Margarita Tsoutsoura
National Bureau of Economic Research, January 2019.

Women's work: Remembering communal goals, Moulton, E., JaeBin Ahn, E.L. Haines, and Malia Mason. Motivation Science, 2019.

To delegate or not to delegate: Gender differences in affective associations and behavioral responses to delegation, Akinola, M., *Martin, A., & Phillips, K. Academy of Management Journal, February 2018.

Pursuing Quality: How Search Costs and Uncertainty Magnify Gender-based Double Standards in a Multistage Evaluation Process. Mabel Abraham. Administrative Science Quarterly, 2017.

Understanding the MBA Gender Gap: Women Respond to Gender Norms by Reducing Public Assertiveness but Not Private Effort, Wallen, A. S., Morris, M. W., Devine, B. A., & Lu, J. G. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2017.

Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship, Guzman, Jorge and Aleksandra (Olenka) Kacperczyk. 2016

It's good to be the Queen… but it's easier being the King, Galinsky, Adam, and M. Schweitzer. McKinsey Quarterly, October 2015

Structural Equality at the Top of the Corporation: Mandated Quotas for Women Directors, Kogut, Bruce, Mariano Belinky, and Jordi Colomer. Strategic Management Journal, June 2014

Ethnic diversity, gender, and national leaders. Journal of International Affairs, Phillips, Katherine, Susan Perkins, and Nicholas Pearce
Journal of International Affairs, 2013.


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