This project aims to understand why a few exceptional organisations make substantive progress toward gender equality when so many of their competitors fail. Gender equality has social and economic value but despite decades of equal opportunity legislation and investment in gender initiatives, gender inequality persists in organisations all around the world.

The project’s case study methodology examines how gender diversity front runners align their diversity policies and practices with their internal identity and external reputation to produce substantive change. Understanding these dynamic processes will identify strategies that laggard organisations can implement to make greater progress toward gender equality.


  1. Understanding what differentiates gender diversity front runners from their competitors
  2. Investigating how these differentiating factors are established in new start-up organisations
  3. Investigating how organisations leverage commitment to environmental sustainability to become gender diversity front runners
  4. Investigating how external recognition (such as awards) can stimulate organisations to become gender diversity front runners

Funding: ARC  Discovery: DP200101387 2020-2023

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Research team


  1. Kulik, C T, Sandhu, S, Perera, S & Jarvis, S A 2022, ‘Gender equality in organizations: The dynamics of space’ in George, Gerard, Haas, Martine M., Joshi, Havoshi, McGahan, Anita M. & Tracey, Paul (eds.), Handbook on the Business of Sustainability, Edward Elgar, pp. 170-188.
  1. Sandhu, S., Kulik, C. T., Perera, S. S., & Jarvis, S. A. 2022. How to ensure success in environmental, social, and governance efforts. London School of Economics Business Review July 29.