Women in Senior Management: Setting the stage for growth

  • Date Posted: February 1, 2013
  • Authors: Marketlinks Team
  • Document Types: Evidence or Research
  • Donor Type: Non-US Government Agency

This report, based on the latest research from the International Business Report (IBR), explores the global shift in the number of women at the top of the business world and examines ways to make this growth permanent and parity possible. Key findings from the survey include:

  • women hold 24 percent of senior management roles globally, a three-point increase over the previous year;
  • there has been a sharp rise in China, with 51 percent of senior management positions held by women, compared to 25 percent last year;
  • the proportion of businesses employing women as CEO's has risen from 9 percent to 14 percent;
  • education and talent management may work in tandem with flexible work arrangements, which 67 percent of respondents offer, to increase the number of women in top leadership;
  • just 19 percent of board roles around the world are held by women; and
  • although quotas have been put into place around the globe to increase women's participation in boards, 55 percent of respondents oppose such quotas.

Resource: Women in senior management: setting the stage for growth