A perspective on gender in management

Susan R. Madsen (Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, USA)
Robbyn T. Scribner (Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, USA)

Cross Cultural & Strategic Management

ISSN: 2059-5794

Publication date: 2 May 2017



There is still a lack of understanding why there is little progress when it comes to women seeking and obtaining top management and leadership positions in organizations today, and this is particularly true within the cross-cultural and international management and leadership contexts. One step forward, however, is to understand current work and trends in research and theory to identify these gaps. Hence, the purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the most recently published literature on the role of gender in management teams within and across cultures.


This content analysis has examined the most recent literature (i.e. January 1, 2010 to March 1, 2016) in 15 influential academic journals within the cross-cultural and international management field. The study has analyzed 152 primary and 85 secondary articles that met the strict criteria of the study.


Results include findings on journals/articles, gender of authors, countries included in data collection, constructs measured, tone of manuscripts (i.e. adverse outcomes associated with gender compared to the neutral/mixed or positive effects), and the theoretical frameworks utilized in the articles.

Research limitations/implications

This analysis will be useful for researchers, theorists, and practitioners in understanding the current knowledge base and in discovering the emerging gaps and needs.


This is the first study of its kind within gender and cross-cultural/international management. The findings clearly show gaps in research and theory that will help guide future work.



The authors thank Jim Davis from Utah State University for his statistical assistance.


Madsen, S. and Scribner, R. (2017), "A perspective on gender in management", Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 231-250. https://doi.org/10.1108/CCSM-05-2016-0101

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