Of journal editors and editorial boards: who are the trailblazers in increasing editorial board gender equality?

Metz, Isabel, Harzing, Anne-Wil ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1509-3003 and Zyphur, Michael (2016) Of journal editors and editorial boards: who are the trailblazers in increasing editorial board gender equality? British Journal of Management, 27 (4) . pp. 712-726. ISSN 1045-3172 [Article] (doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12133)

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Abstract

Female academics continue to be under-represented on the editorial boards of many, but not all, management journals. This variability is intriguing, because it is reasonable to assume that the size of the pool of female faculty available and willing to serve on editorial boards is similar for all management journals. Thus, we focus on the characteristics of the journal editors to explain this variability; journal editors or editors-in-chief are the most influential people in the selection of editorial board members. We draw on social identity and homosocial reproduction theories, and on the gender and careers literature to examine the relationship between an editor’s academic performance, professional age and gender, and editorial board gender equality. We collected longitudinal data at five points in time, using five-year intervals, from 52 management journals. To account for the nested structure of the data, a 3-level multilevel model was estimated. Overall, we found that the prospects of board membership improve for women when editors are high performing, professionally young, or female. We discuss these findings and their implications for management journals with low, stagnant, or declining representation of women in their boards.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > International and Cross-cultural Management group
Item ID: 17303
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Metz, I., Harzing, A.-W. and Zyphur, M. J. (2015), Of Journal Editors and Editorial Boards: Who Are the Trailblazers in Increasing Editorial Board Gender Equality?. British Journal of Management. doi: 10.1111/1467-8551.12133, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12133. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html#terms)."
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Depositing User: Anne-Wil Harzing
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2015 14:49
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 22:49
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17303

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