Department of Management

Weakening the glass ceiling: Does organizational growth reduce gender segregation in the upper tiers of Danish local government

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The theory of representative bureaucracy highlights gender segregation in the public sector and its detrimental implications for public policy outcomes. Focusing attention on organisational responses to this protracted problem, we supply evidence on whether organizational growth provides potential for change in the upper echelons of the public sector. An evaluation of the relationship between new hires and gender representation within the management tiers of Danish local government reveals an association between the recruitment of additional employees and improved gender integration. This is particularly pronounced for public organizations that employ fewer women. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Management Review
Pages (from-to)1213-1235
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Glass ceiling, gender segregation, organisational growth, representative bureaucracy

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