TITLE

The Pipeline to the Top: Women and Men in the Top Executive Ranks of U.S. Corporations

AUTHOR(S)
Helfat, Constance E.; Harris, Dawn; Wolfson, Paul J.
PUB. DATE
November 2006
SOURCE
Academy of Management Perspectives;Nov2006, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p42
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
People often ask about the pipeline of women in line for the top position in major U.S. corporations. Despite persistent interest in this issue, we do not yet have good answers to the question of how long it will take until more than a token number of women hold the CEO position. This study provides numerical estimates that help to answer this question, and also provides new information regarding the job responsibilities and positions in the executive hierarchy of women and men below the rank of CEO. This article presents the results of an extensive data collection effort that has yielded a comprehensive census of top executives in U.S. Fortune 1000 firms as of the year 2000. With regard to the pipeline to the CEO position, our data suggest that we should expect to see a slow increase in the percentage of CEOs that are women in the next five to ten years. Nevertheless, the percentage of CEOs that are women is likely to remain relatively low. As a result, our estimates suggest that if current trends continue, perhaps 6 percent of CEOs in the Fortune 1000 will be women by 2016. We also document the little known fact that almost 50 percent of the firms in the Fortune 1000 had no women as top executives as recently as the year 2000. Moreover, even firms with women executives generally had only 1 or 2 per firm.
ACCESSION #
23270306

 

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