Are there differences between senior male and female managers? Hardly any, according to new research from Cranfield School of Management. 'Gender is far less influential to the performance of a senior manager than age, education, ethnic background, or length of time in an organisation,' says Professor Andrew Kakabadse, co-author of the survey, which was carried out across 12 countries.
'Amen to that,' says Ann Chant, director of Opportunity 2000, the national campaign launched in 1991 to increase the quality and quantity of women's participation in the workforce. 'It's good to see another piece of research to back up what we have been saying: managers should be judged purely on the basis of ability and merit.'
The revelation that the similarities between male and female managers in their attitudes towards professional and personal values far outweigh the differences, previously appeared in A Question of Balance? a report released last year by The Institute of Management (IoM). British Telecom reached a similar conclusion in its own research earlier this year. And soon to join the fray is a new report by NatWest Retail Banking Services, which plans to ensure women make up one-third of the bank's management team by the year 2000.