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Spanish CEOs' perceptions in complex situations: an analysis from a gender perspective

Manuel Expósito-Langa (Department of Business Administration, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain)
Sofia Estelles-Miguel (Department of Business Administration, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain)
Gabriela Ribes-Giner (Department of Business Administration, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain)
Carlos Rueda-Armengot (Department of Business Administration, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 20 March 2023

Issue publication date: 19 April 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to provide empirical evidence of discrepancies in certain management-related business factors in complex situations from a gender perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

The study examined whether there are any differences in the characteristics of Spanish companies run by men and women and how male and female chief executive officers (CEOs) perceive critical situations such as the COVD-19 pandemic. To answer the research questions, the survey carried out by the Ibero-American Observatory of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (FAEDPYME) in 2021 was used. The final sample consisted of a total of 1,532 small and medium-sized enterprises.

Findings

The main results show that female CEOs are more likely to have a university education than male CEOs, but they run smaller companies in Spain. On the other hand, they are more risk averse and evaluate the impact of complex and risky situations more negatively.

Research limitations/implications

The findings open up new research questions. This is a cross-sector study, but are there differences in behaviour between sectors? The view of the crisis is negative, but which types of companies have been strengthened?, finally, do other countries have similar results?

Originality/value

The originality and value of this document lies in the fact that it makes an interesting contribution to the open debate on the management of complex situations from a gender perspective.

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Citation

Expósito-Langa, M., Estelles-Miguel, S., Ribes-Giner, G. and Rueda-Armengot, C. (2023), "Spanish CEOs' perceptions in complex situations: an analysis from a gender perspective", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 106-118. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-05-2022-0157

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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