Cristin-resultat-ID: 1969844
Sist endret: 17. februar 2022, 18:58
NVI-rapporteringsår: 2021
Vitenskapelig artikkel

Women’s Underrepresentation in Corporate Power in Norway and US: Beyond In-group Favoritism

  • Sigtona Halrynjo og
  • Mary Blair-Loy


Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies
ISSN 2245-0157
e-ISSN 2245-0157
NVI-nivå 1

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2021
Volum: 11
Hefte: S7
Sider: 79 - 102
Open Access


Scopus-ID: 2-s2.0-85124162776

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Women’s Underrepresentation in Corporate Power in Norway and US: Beyond In-group Favoritism


Despite increasing gender-equality in many areas, corporate power is still strongly male-dominated. Prevailing research often relies on the cognitive, demand-side mechanism of in-group favoritism based on single-country studies to produce generalized explanations of men’s dominance in top management and to recommend remedies, such as gender quotas on boards. However, existing research findings are mixed. We contribute to the research field by analyzing original data from 457 large companies in Norway and the US, examining associations of the gender-composition on boards and in the actual Executive Committees. The predictions of in-group favoritism are partly supported in the US, but largely not supported for Norwegian companies with gender-balanced boards due to quotas. We argue that in-group favoritism is an incomplete explanation. We call for research examining the organizational and societal processes curtailing the supply of qualified women for top-executive positions, across national and regulatory contexts and organizational levels.


Aktiv cristin-person

Sigtona Halrynjo

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for samfunnsforskning

Mary Blair-Loy

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved University of California, San Diego
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