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Gender Initiative

Our latest research on diversity and inclusion.

The INSEAD Gender Initiative produces and promotes cutting-edge social science research to transform practice and policy. 

Its goal is to challenge tired assumptions and to provide evidence-based practical insights for current and future leaders looking to advance diversity and inclusion in their organisations.

Our latest research on diversity and inclusion.

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Responsibility

Connecting Across Disconnections

K. Snellman, D. Pollenne

Amid recent pushback, maintaining robust diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives will require a coordinated, comprehensive approach.

Career

Why Not Enough Women Are Senior Leaders

A. Roulet, A. Lawson

True parity in the workplace is still a distant goal. INSEAD faculty outline why women aren’t advancing and the role gender stereotypes play.

Responsibility

Bringing DEI into the Core of Our Institutions

M. Akinola, Z. Kinias, M. Norton, B. Kessler

Implementing DEI concepts effectively in business-school classrooms requires support from both institutions and the wider community.

Responsibility

The Impact of Investor Gender on Female Founders

K. Snellman, I. Solal

Female-led start-ups backed only by female venture capitalists have a harder time raising follow-on capital.

Economics & Finance

How the Daily Commute Affects the Gender Wage Gap

A. Roulet, T. Le Barbanchon, R. Barthelot

Women’s aversion for commuting motivates them to look for closer and not-so-well paid jobs compared to men.
2 comments

Leadership & Organisations

Enabling Productive Thinking to Develop Gender Balance

Zoe Kinias

Subtle mental shifts can increase people’s responsiveness to the gender gap, and their commitment to doing something about it.

Responsibility

Integrating Diversity Into Business Education

Z. Kinias, M. Akinola, A. Carter, M. Norton, K. Phillips

Conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion can be uncomfortable. But business school classrooms need to embrace them nonetheless.

Leadership & Organisations

Building Gender Balance Against the Odds

B. Kessler, C. Cortland, Z. Kinias

To enable women’s advancement where it’s needed most, individual, interpersonal and institutional changes are required.

Leadership & Organisations

What Makes for Inclusive Working Cultures?

B. Kessler, C. Cortland, Z. Kinias, E. Sherman

Interventions designed to increase women’s cultural fit can also create a better working environment for everyone.

Economics & Finance

Creating More Economic Equality for Women

B. Kessler, C. Cortland, Z. Kinias

How to address resource-based gender gaps across a wide variety of contexts.

Leadership & Organisations

Freeing Women – and Men – From Gender Stereotypes

B. Kessler, C. Cortland, Z. Kinias

Research from INSEAD’s 2nd annual Women at Work conference offers practical solutions for establishing gender-balanced workplace norms.

Entrepreneurship

Women Are Risk-Takers, Too: Busting Gender Myths in the Start-up Space

C. Lin, D. Gurcu

A tissue of stereotypes and pseudo-science forms the “rational” basis for gender bias in entrepreneurship.
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Leadership & Organisations

Promoting Gender Balance Is Everyone's Business

Z. Kinias, J. Petriglieri

Progressive companies are moving from awareness to action, and systemic challenges must be overcome.
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Career

What Women on the Board Need to Know

Annet Aris

Three INSEAD alumnae share their wisdom as board directors.

Leadership & Organisations

Building Gender Balance Through Behavioural Design

Z. Kinias, C. Cortland

What can organisations do when changing mindsets isn’t enough?
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Leadership & Organisations

How These Leading CEOs Are Tackling Gender Inequality

Rachael Noyes

Persistently setting new norms helps organisations battle stubborn gender imbalances.
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Leadership & Organisations

Social Support Sets Women Up for Success at Work

Z. Kinias, C. Cortland

Organisations are investing heavily to level the playing field for professional women, but they often lack a systematic approach.

Leadership & Organisations

Gender Balance: Moving From Awareness to Action

B. Kessler, C. Cortland, Z. Kinias

A clear-eyed, nuanced organisational perspective can strengthen employee engagement and galvanise change.
1 comment

Leadership & Organisations

Three Ways to Build Resilience Against Gender Bias

B. Kessler, C. Cortland, Z. Kinias

Simple, low-cost psychological interventions can be part of an organisational toolkit for enabling gender balance.

Career

How to Get More Women to Work in Tech

L. Del Carpio, M. Guadalupe

Role models and reassurance about potential success can impact women’s career decisions.
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Entrepreneurship

Having a Social Mission Benefits Women Entrepreneurs

M. Lee, L. Huang

Highlighting a venture’s social impact can help female entrepreneurs overcome gender bias.

Leadership & Organisations

The Truth About Gender Stereotypes

B. Kessler, C. Cortland, Z. Kinias

Unraveling popular notions about gender differences in organisations.

Leadership & Organisations

Tailored Approaches Needed for Gender Balance

V. D. Rao, V. P. Padmanabhan

Greater male involvement and tailored programmes are emerging as sources of hope in tackling gender inequality in Asia.
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Leadership & Organisations

Promoting Gender Balance Wisely

B. Kessler, C. Cortland, Z. Kinias

Researchers are identifying powerful, yet sometimes nuanced interventions that can improve outcomes for women and the businesses and societies they serve.

Leadership & Organisations

The Slow and Steady Progress Towards Gender-Balanced Boards

Sadia Khan

In conservative societies, awareness and discussion of gender diversity issues pave the way for progress.
3 comments

Entrepreneurship

Why Many Women Social Entrepreneurs Avoid Commercial Models

M. Lee, S. Dimitriadis, L. Ramarajan, J. Battilana

The presence of women business owners in a community encourages female social entrepreneurs to pursue hybrid ventures.
2 comments

Leadership & Organisations

The Role of Language in the Gender Gap

Selin Kesebir

Our use of language reflects and influences perceptions of gender roles.
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Leadership & Organisations

How Boards Will Look in Ten Years

S. Shekshnia, V. Zagieva

More women and a wider array of professionals are likely to fill future boards, while technology will play a bigger role in their work.
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Leadership & Organisations

Male Professors Can (and Should) Promote Gender Balance

Henning Piezunka

Male faculty can become powerful gender equality advocates in the classroom.

Career

Why “Believe in Yourself” Is Bad Advice for Women

Natalia Karelaia

In the workplace, women can capitalise on self-confidence only when they exhibit “feminine” behaviours as well.