A research report on gender diversity in high-level American companies, presented for a business management audience. McKinsey & Co. studied 60 leading companies on behalf of the Wall Street Journal, and conducted interviews and surveys on staff's attitudes and aspirations.
The study identifies leaks in women's career development pipeline, finding that many women settle into staff roles or middle management rather than progressing towards the top. Barriers to women's advancement are identified, as are the characteristics shared by women who rise to the top level. The authors list the practices associated with successful gender diversity programmes, and recommend strategies for management seeking to initiate, develop or embed transformation processes within their companies.