Fostering Gender and Work-Life Inclusion for Faculty in Understudied Contexts:
An Organizational Science Lens
October 1-2, 2018
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
Organized by Ellen Ernst Kossek and Kyung-Hee Lee
Krannert School of Management
the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
Work-life demands are a critical barrier to the career advancement, inclusion, and retention of women faculty and research scientists; yet implementation gaps have received less scientific attention than other gender equality areas. Although some research has been conducted on these issues in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) departments, little knowledge has transferred over to business schools and other disciplines, which play a key role in economic growth, such as in “big data” and entrepreneurial jobs.
Addressing these gaps, this workshop will gather interdisciplinary experts to discuss the state of organizational science regarding gender equality, career success, and work-life inclusion in business schools and understudied contexts. The results of the workshop will help advance gender diversity, and women’s and minorities’ career success in universities, business, and society by identifying scientific gaps, prioritizing studies; and addressing an under-researched critical area of organizational science. The research agenda developed will encourage future interdisciplinary scholarship on gender equality and work-life inclusion that can help policymakers to engage in evidence-based practices. New insights will be fostered on the organizational science regarding how to foster more gender and work-life inclusive businesses and universities and will advance scientific knowledge on strategies enhancing the attraction, advancement, retention, and career longevity of women faculty; and addressing societal inequality.
The workshop products include a website and publications that will be disseminated to the public and policymakers. This workshop addresses a critical national policy area related to increasing labor market equality for women, which is critical for the economy and address stalled U.S. progress on women’s equality, which now ranks 45th in the world according to a World Economic Forum survey.