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Are women or men better team managers? Evidence from professional team sports

Helmut Dietl, Carlos Gomez-Gonzalez () and Cornel Nesseler ()
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Carlos Gomez-Gonzalez: Facultad Derecho y CC. Soziales, University of Castilla-La Mancha

No 364, Working Papers from University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Abstract: We empirically compare the performance of female and male team managers. We find that female team managers never perform worse than male team managers and that females work under significantly worse conditions than males. Additionally, we find that specialized experience has no influence. Special- 1 ized experience means having worked previously as an employee in the same industry. Our dataset consists of female and male managers in women soccer leagues acroos countries, viz., France, Germany, and Norway. Managers in team sports usually have exactly the same tasks (selection, coordination, and motivation of team members) as team managers in other industries. The limited number of women in top management positions in some of these industries and the lack of available data do not often allow comparisons. Our study, which includes a fair number of female team managers and a clear measurement of performance, can help understanding stereotypical behaviors. Therefore, our results have important implications for industries, companies, and clubs who oppose employing female team managers.

Keywords: Performance; Female managers; discrimination; Working conditions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J7 L83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-dem, nep-gen, nep-hrm and nep-spo
Date: 2017-01
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