Integrating Gender Equality into Business and Management Education

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Integrating Gender Equality into Business and Management Education

Lessons Learned and Challenges Remaining

This volume addresses the need to integrate gender equality into business and management education and provides examples of leading initiatives illustrating how this can occur from various disciplinary and global perspectives. Gender inequality has a long history in business schools and the workplace, and traditions are hard to change. Some disciplines remain resolutely gendered, affecting both women and men; and case materials on women leaders and managers are still rare.

The chapters provide conceptual and research rationales as to why responsible management education must address the issue of gender equality. They also identify materials and resources to assist faculty in integrating gender issues and awareness into various disciplines and fields. These include specific case studies and innovations that assess or address the role of gender in various educational environments.

The book is designed to help faculty integrate the topic of gender equality into their own teaching and research and gain support for the legitimacy of gender equality as an essential management education topic. This is the first book in a series on gender equality as a challenge for business and management education, published with the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) Working Group on Gender Equality.

As we look towards creating a more sustainable development agenda, the alleviation of poverty and creation of a more equitable society will be two key challenges to society. The role that business through its management has to play in using its power, reach and policies positively to embody gender equality will set an example and bring benefits to a wider society where gender inequality persists - this impact cannot be under estimated.  

By setting out clearly the rationale for introducing a gender dimension into business management education, the book explores the catalytic role of educators and business schools in promoting gender equality in the workplace – a precursor to opening up opportunities for women to progress towards leadership roles.

Jan Grasty, OBE, International Development and Women's Rights consultant

Achieving gender equality is a key concern of our time. This book makes a convincing argument for bringing gender equality into the center of the sustainability discussion in management education, and provides important tools to do so.

Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact

A catalyst for business schools, this book serves as both a call to action and blueprint for improving gender equality in management education and practice. It shows how business schools, and organizations like AACSB that serve them, can leverage the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education to create more inclusive environments and address critical issues related to gender equality in the global economy.

Tom Robinson, PhD, President and CEO, AACSB International


The Women’s Empowerment Principles

The Six Principles of PRME

Introduction: Identifying the key issues underlying genderinequality in management education and ways to reduce gender gaps 
Kathryn Haynes, Patricia M. Flynn, Maureen Kilgour

Part 1: Trends and challenges in management education

1. Gender inequality in management education: Past, present and future 
Maureen Kilgour

2. Gender equality in business schools 
Patricia M. Flynn, Kevin V. Cavanagh and Diana Bilimoria

3. Sustainability as a lens to explore gender equality: A missed opportunity for responsible management 
Kathryn Haynes, Alan Murray

4. Cleaning our houses: Gender equity in business 
Amy Klemm Verbos, Deanna Kennedy

Part 2: Disciplinary perspectives

5. Defining the terrain for responsible management education: Gender, gender equality and the case of marketing
Wendy Hein

6. Business education for nurse leaders: A case study of leadership development in a vital, highly gendered industry 
Teresa J. Rothausen, Dawn M. Bazarko

7. Legal education and gender equality 
Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio

8. Are we still telling female students they can’t lead? A content analysis of leadership writings and representations in organizational behaviour texts 
Rhonda L. Dever, Albert J. Mills

Part 3: Institutional perspectives

9. It can be done! Organizational interventions that can reduce the influence of gender prejudice on perceptions, performance and aspirations 
Mary Godwyn and Nan S. Langowitz

10. From theory to practice: A university promoting gender equality in business 
Susan M. Adams

11. Gender and diversity in management education at Europe’s largest university of economics and business: An evaluation of 12 years of teaching diversity management 
Regine Bendl, Helga Eberherr, Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Anett Hermann, Thomas Köllen, Gloria Kutscher, Heike Mensi-Klarbach, Gloria Warmuth

12. Integrating gender and diversity in management education: Finding the right balance between “integration” and “marginalization” 
Julia C. Nentwich, Gudrun Sander

Part 4: International

13. Gender equality in MBA programs in Latin America 
Sandra Idrovo Carlier

14. Persistent labour market inequalities: What do the French management schools do for their female students?
Krista Finstad-Milion and Christine Morin-Estèves

15. Still too soon to forget “women”? Making the case for the importance of gender diversity in management education: a study of India and the United States 
Lynda Moore, Ujvala Rajadhyaksha and Stacy Blake-Beard

16. The role of business school education for Japanese and non-Japanese women in Japan Mari Kondo

Part 5: Pedagogical Approaches

17. The gender equality index and reflective role-plays: Introducing gender in management education 
Anna Wahl

18. Gender and pedagogy: A business school case study 
Julie Hall and Jo Peat

19. Integrating gender equality into management education: An MBA course on women in organizations 
Diana Bilimoria

20. Teaching gender issues in management education: The role of experiential approaches

Kara A. Arnold, Dale Foster

21. From teaching ethics to ethical teaching: Feminist interventions in management education Michelle Ann Kweder, Banu Özkazanç-Pan

22. The Eighth Summit: Women’s ascent of organizations
Dianne Lynne Bevelander, Michael John Page

Concluding comments: Going forward 
Maureen Kilgour, Patricia M. Flynn and Kathryn Haynes

About the contributors

PATRICIA M. FLYNN is Trustee Professor of Economics and Management, Bentley University. KATHRYN HAYNES is Dean, Faculty of Business, Law and Politics, Hull University. MAUREEN A. KILGOUR is Associate Professor, University of Winnipeg.

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