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Brown bag seminar | Knowledge teams, careers, and gender

On 31 May, Prof. Guido Friebel will present his working paper "Knowledge teams, careers, and gender" he and his co-authors use data on personnel records, work assignments, and performance from a financial institution to uncover the mechanisms that lead to promotion gaps in knowledge work. Join the SITE brown bag seminar to learn more!

Knowledge teams, careers, and gender

Authors: Cagatay Bircan, Guido Friebel, Tristan Stahl

Abstract

We use rich data on personnel records, work assignments, and performance from a financial institution to uncover the mechanisms that lead to promotion gaps in knowledge work. We find a substantial promotion gap for women, which emerges early in their careers and leads to underrepresentation of senior women. Bankers work in multiple project teams concurrently and take on team leadership roles occasionally. Analyzing over 10,000 investment projects, we find that assignments to the job of team leader, which provide visibility to the upper echelons of the organization, are crucial for careers. Assignments to these jobs are carried out by supervisors and favors men.

About the speaker

Guido Friebel is a Professor for Human Resource Management in the Department of Management and Microeconomics at the Goethe University Frankfurt.

Guido Friebel is a Professor for Human Resource Management in the Department of Management and Microeconomics at the Goethe University Frankfurt.

His research focus on human resources, organizational and personnel economics. He carries out randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with and within firms and analyze observational career and promotion data. Moreover, he also do applied theory on careers and talent management. His second main field of interest is how institutions shape the accumulation and allocation of human capital, focusing on problems of families, gender, and migration.

Interested in joining the SITE brown bag seminar?

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For registered applicants, a Zoom link will be provided prior to the event via email with further instructions.

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