Case studies skew women leaders’ roles

Despite the strong presence of women students in university business programs, women leaders are portrayed stereotypically – or not at all – in many business case studies that are a key educational tool in management education.

The omitted or clichéd portrayals unintentionally promote a ‘hidden curriculum’ that shows and reinforces implicit assumptions about women’s fitness to lead, said Colleen Sharen, professor of Management and Organizational Studies at Brescia University College.

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