Can Institutionalized Workplace Structures Benefit Senior Women Leaders? By: Murray, Peter A.; Southey, Kim. Asia Pacific Journal of Management. Dec2020, Vol. 37 Issue 4, p1193-1216. 24p.

Drawing on interviews conducted with a sample of 27 senior women leaders from across Australian industries, this study found that legitimate workplace structures disrupt and challenge the subliminal status effects of gender on perceived task or role performance. This related to structures such as increased opportunities for promotion into higher status roles and opportunities to participate in unstructured group-task roles. These findings were in stark contrast to traditional workplace structures where senior women leaders relied on their ability alone to reach the top. Our findings have significant implications for organizations wishing to legitimize and replicate HRM policy levers that help to formalize workplace structures of equality and counter prevailing gender stereotypes.