sexta-feira, outubro 19, 2007

Companies with women leaders deliver greater value

The greatest out-performing companies are those with three or more women in senior positions, reports Alison Maitland in an article for the Financial Times.
New research from McKinsey shows that when women make up a third or more of the senior team, companies perform better on a set of nine organisational criteria, including accountability, innovation and work environment.
The US research body Catalyst backs up the McKinsey findings with evidence that companies with three or more women on the board show an 83 per cent higher average return on equity, 73 per cent higher return on sales and 112 per cent higher return on invested capital.
Although the studies are careful to note that such links do not necessarily mean senior women bring about superior financial performance, it is thought that marked changes in behavioural and environmental factors occur when the gender balance is significantly redressed.
Whereas a sole woman on a board may feel marginalised, and two women may be seen as potential conspirators, research concludes that a more collaborative approach occurs when there are three or more women, because they are seen simply as directors rather than female directors.
Coinciding with these findings, the Financial Times, Financial Times Deutschland and Fortune magazine recently published their annual rankings for top women in business.
The Financial Times and Financial Times Deutschland turned to Egon Zehnder International for assistance in compiling the 2007 list of Europe’s top businesswomen.

Full story. Alison Maitland: “Top women tip the scales” in Financial Times (10 October 2007) and Fortune (October 2007).