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ERIC Number: ED282155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Leadership and Gender in a Simulated Organization.
Smith, H. Wayne; And Others
Terborg and Ilgen (1975) used attribution theory, equity theory, and sex-role stereotyping to explain the results of an investigation of occupational sex discrimination which found that male management student subjects differentiated in a stereotypical way between men and women in initial and second-year salaries and task assignments. A replication and partial extension of the Terborg and Ilgen study was conducted to investigate explicity, in a multivariate context, the relationship between stereotyping, equity theory, and attribution theory. The dimensions of leader performance, general satisfaction, reward allocation, skill attribution, and role comfort were explored in a simulated organizational context under analogue conditions. Undergraduate students (N=120) participated in a modified in-basket procedure in which the in-basket task was judged to be stereotypically male-oriented in nature. The results revealed that subjects delegated a high proportion of important assignments to male subordinates and assigned trivial issues to female subordinates. In addition, male subjects were found to favor male subordinates for promotions over equally performing female subordinates. Stereotyping was seen to influence the manner in which subjects processed problems, distributed authority, and allocated rewards. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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