Gaining the ultimate power edge: Women in the dual role of CEO and Chair

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Gaining the ultimate power edge: Women in the dual role of CEO and Chair
The Leadership Quarterly

Using archival data the authors explored whether female CEOs possess as much structural power as male CEOs and what demographic characteristics are essential for female CEOs to have in order to increase their structural power in their firms. The authors use status characteristics and human capital theories to develop hypotheses. Findings show that female CEOs do not possess as much structural power as male CEOs as proxied by attaining a dual CEO/Chair role in the firm. Instead of dual CEO and Chair roles female CEOs are more likely to be given the less powerful role of CEO and President. Moreover female CEOs are more likely to gain structural power if they are entrepreneurs work in large companies or possess an elite education.

Citation: 
The Leadership Quarterly 24 (2013) 666 – 679

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