20/03/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (IF) - Postdoc Position: Addressing the gender gap on top corporate positions


  • OFFER DEADLINE
    10/06/2019 14:00 - Europe/Athens
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • LOCATION
    Spain, Madrid
  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    CEU San Pablo University
  • DEPARTMENT
    School of Economics and Business
  • LABORATORY
    "Women Leadership"

USP-CEU welcomes postdoctoral researchers with an excellent track record to apply jointly with a research supervisor from USP-CEU to the European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Scheme (MSCA-IF). Selected candidates will be provided with devoted training and special assistance for proposal development.

The research project would like to address the gender gap on top corporate positions, analyzing the main barriers and obstacles (glass ceiling) the growing number of highly skilled women face in their way up the corporate ladder. Additionally, it pursues to analyze the effectiveness of the specific instruments and actions carried out by the Member States of the European Union to promote the representation of women in leadership positions. This analysis will help to issue improvement recommendations and opportunities on future legislative actions at European level.

The Supervisor will be Dr. Ruth Mateos de Cabo, Associate Professor in the Department of Business Economics at the School of Business & Economics.

She is head of the Research Group on "Women Leadership" of the USP CEU-Mutua Madrileña Chair. She is author of several peer-reviewed scholarly publications in leading journals such as European Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Economics Letters, Sex Roles and Tourism Management. Her research has been featured in leading media outlets, including The Economist and BBC World News. She has supervised 4PhD students.

In 2016, she received the Best Paper Award from the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance at Bentley University (Boston, USA) for best paper published in CGIR. Recently, she has been named Principal Investigator of a Spanish National R&D&i Plan on Women in Leadership, financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Industry.

 

Resarch Project Description:

One of the challenges posed by the Horizon 2020 is to support European inclusive societies. The persistence of a Gender Gap in corporate leadership positions is a major socio-economic challenge, as underutilization of the skills of highly qualified women constitutes a loss of economic growth potential, which not only suffocates the social development, but also hurts EU economy.

Directorships on boards may be considered a labor market for skilled people, and, consequently, female underrepresentation on corporate leadership positions could be explained using theories that relate to the supply and demand sides of the labor market of directors. The present research aims is to address the Gender Gap on top corporate positions on the demand side, analyzing the main barriers and obstacles (glass ceiling) the growing number of highly skilled women face in their way up the corporate ladder.

Additionally, it pursues to analyze the effectiveness of the specific instruments and actions carried out by the Member States of the European Union, to promote the representation of women in leadership positions.

Previous experience of the research team in this and in other closely related areas, allows an innovative and multidisciplinary approach to realistic research objectives, which will help to make recommendations to advance gender equality in top corporate positions. Thus, the specific objectives are:

- Regarding obstacles and barriers: to identify bias in the hiring process and appointment of women directors, to study the restrictions on credit access for business women, and to analyze the influence of institutional mechanisms on the implementation of gender policies.

- In relation to positive actions: the analysis of the impact of the political pressure and/or regulation of the Member States of the European Union on the number and influence of women on boards, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of the Spanish Equality Act, and the Good Governance Code to issue improvement recommendations and opportunities on future legislative actions at European level.

All these goals require a mixed and multidisciplinary methodology. This ranges from semi-structured interviews to the most recent and innovative statistical techniques such as social network analysis, but also experimental designs, structural equation modeling or discrete choice panel data.

As for the expected results, the research findings will be disseminated through research articles in high impact factor journals, contributions to scientific congresses, organization of workshops on women's leadership, as well as through mass media and the publication of a compendium of best practices. This could help policy makers and business leaders to designing better policies to promote women's careers, as well as prevent discrimination and inequalities in European societies, as well as in other regions of the world.

 

Application:

At the deadline for the submission of proposals (11/09/2019), researchers:

  • Shall be in possession of a doctoral degree, or have at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience.
  • Shall have strong written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Must not have resided or carried out their main activities in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to theabovementioned deadline.

An expression of interest shall be sent to Dr. Ruth Mateos. Your file should contain the following elements:

  • A short CV: Only CVs with considerable scientific achievements will be considered. Broad experience, published articles and participation in competitive research projects is desirable. Team working abilities, flexibility and research motivation and enthusiasm are always welcome.
  • A one-page research proposal.
  • A short statement explaining why USP-CEU would be the best host institution for your research.
  • Contact details for two references.

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