The female presence in different organisational positions and performance in secondary schools: Does a woman leader function as mediator?

Autoři: Irene Campos-García aff001;  José Ángel Zúñiga-Vicente aff001
Působiště autorů: Rey Juan Carlos University, Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences, Business Administration (ADO), Applied Economics II and Foundations of Economic Analysis, Paseo de los Artilleros, Madrid (SPAIN) aff001
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(9)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0222411


This study examines the relationship between female representation in different organisational positions and performance using a sample of Spanish secondary schools. These organizations have been usually depicted as ‘feminised environments’ although women in managerial positions are still underrepresented. Based on different theoretical approaches, we separately investigate the relationship between a greater female presence and school performance in three positions: a) as principal; b) on the management team; and c) as teachers. We also investigate if having a female leader exerts a significant mediator role on the relationship between greater female representation on the management team and teachers, respectively, and school performance. Our results reveal a positive and significant relationship between having a woman principal or a greater proportion of women teachers and school performance. However, the relationship between a high proportion of women on the management team and school performance is negative. We also find that a female principal does not play a significant role as mediator in the relationship between having a greater proportion of women on the management team and as teachers and school performance.

Klíčová slova:

Behavior – Educational attainment – Glass – Regression analysis – Sexual and gender issues – Schools – Social theory – Teachers


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