Knowledge teams, careers and gender

What are the mechanisms of promotion gaps in knowledge work. We investigate a uniquely detailed data set on 10,000 financial projects in an international financial institution. We find that independently from having children, women have significantly slower careers. Crucial for careers are assignments to the job of operational leader in teams that provide visibility to the upper echelons of the organization. Assignments to these jobs, however, appear to favor men.

Keywords: Organization, promotions, financial institutions