Research: Adding Women to the C-Suite Changes How Companies Think

by Corinne Post, Boris Lokshin, and Christophe Boone - Published on HARVARD Business School

Research has shown that firms with more women in senior positions are more profitable, more socially responsible, and provide safer, higher-quality customer experiences — among many other benefits. And of course, there is a clear moral argument for increasing diversity among top management teams (TMTs). But when it comes to explaining why having more female executives is associated with better business outcomes, and what specific mechanisms cause those positive changes, existing research is much more limited.

We set out to explore these questions by examining