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The INSEAD Gender Initiative

Our latest research on women in business.

INSEAD launched "iW50" in 2017 as a year-long celebration of the anniversary of the first female students to attend the school's MBA programme. Our research reflects INSEAD's ambition to achieve a gender-balanced business world.

Our latest research on women in business.

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Career

How to Get More Women to Work in Tech

Lucia Del Carpio & Maria 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

Matthew Lee & Laura 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

Vinika D. Rao & V. Paddy 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

In conservative societies, awareness and discussion of gender diversity issues pave the way for progress.
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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.
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Leadership & Organisations

The Role of Language in the Gender Gap

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

How Boards Will Look in Ten Years

Stanislav Shekshnia & Veronika 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

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

Career

Why “Believe in Yourself” Is Bad Advice for Women

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

Leadership & Organisations

Put Women in Charge of Uber

Putting women on boards and in executive positions could be the quick fix that sexist Silicon Valley needs.

Leadership & Organisations

Gender Bending Can Challenge Our Biases

Would you think differently about Donald Trump if he were a woman?

Entrepreneurship

Tackling the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship

Sarah Kaplan

The right combination of message and methods would help level the playing field.
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Career

Stop Blaming Women for Gender Inequality

It’s hard to “lean in” when you feel you’re being pushed out.