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Closing the gender leadership gap
Kuhlmann, Ellen ;  Ovseiko, Pavel V. ;  Kurmeyer, Christine ;  Gutierrez-Lobos, Karin ;  Steinboeck, Sandra ;  von Knorring, Mia ;  Buchan, Alastair M. ;  Brommels, Mats

HaupttitelClosing the gender leadership gap
Titelzusatza multi-centre cross-country comparison of women in management and leadership in academic health centres in the European Union
AutorKuhlmann, Ellen
AutorOvseiko, Pavel V.
AutorKurmeyer, Christine
AutorGutierrez-Lobos, Karin
AutorSteinboeck, Sandra
Autorvon Knorring, Mia
AutorBuchan, Alastair M.
AutorBrommels, Mats
Seitenzahl7 S.
Freie SchlagwörterWomen in medicine; Women in science; Gender equality; Leadership; Medical management; Academic medicine; Academic health centres; European Union
DDC610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Auch erschienen inHuman Resources for Health. - 15 (2017), Artikek Nr. 2
ZusammenfassungBackground

Women’s participation in medicine and the need for gender equality in healthcare are increasingly recognised, yet little attention is paid to leadership and management positions in large publicly funded academic health centres. This study illustrates such a need, taking the case of four large European centres: Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Medizinische Universität Wien (Austria), and Oxford Academic Health Science Centre (United Kingdom).

Case

The percentage of female medical students and doctors in all four countries is now well within the 40–60% gender balance zone. Women are less well represented among specialists and remain significantly under-represented among senior doctors and full professors. All four centres have made progress in closing the gender leadership gap on boards and other top-level decision-making bodies, but a gender leadership gap remains relevant. The level of achieved gender balance varies significantly between the centres and largely mirrors country-specific welfare state models, with more equal gender relations in Sweden than in the other countries. Notably, there are also similar trends across countries and centres: gender inequality is stronger within academic enterprises than within hospital enterprises and stronger in middle management than at the top level. These novel findings reveal fissures in the ‘glass ceiling’ effects at top-level management, while the barriers for women shift to middle-level management and remain strong in academic positions. The uneven shifts in the leadership gap are highly relevant and have policy implications.

Conclusion

Setting gender balance objectives exclusively for top-level decision-making bodies may not effectively promote a wider goal of gender equality. Academic health centres should pay greater attention to gender equality as an issue of organisational performance and good leadership at all levels of management, with particular attention to academic enterprises and newly created management structures. Developing comprehensive gender-sensitive health workforce monitoring systems and comparing progress across academic health centres in Europe could help to identify the gender leadership gap and utilise health human resources more effectively.
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Fachbereich/EinrichtungMedizinische Fakultät Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Erscheinungsjahr2017
Dokumententyp/-SammlungenWissenschaftlicher Artikel
SpracheEnglisch
RechteCreative Commons License
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Anmerkungen des AutorsDer Artikel wurde in einer reinen Open-Access-Zeitschrift publiziert.
Erstellt am16.02.2017 - 11:09:35
Letzte Änderung16.02.2017 - 11:14:50
 
Statische URLhttp://edocs.fu-berlin.de/docs/receive/FUDOCS_document_000000026354
DOI10.1186/s12960-016-0175-y
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