Women on the Top Essay

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WOMEN ON TOP: THE HUMAN EFFECTS OF WOMEN LEADERS IN BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS A Thesis Presented in Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree With Distinction in Marketing in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University By Justin Sheridan ◙◙◙◙◙ The Ohio State University 2008 Thesis Examination Committee: Dr. Shashi Matta, Advisor Approved by Dr. Melinda McDonald Dr. John Saldanha Shashi Matta Department of Marketing & Logistics TABLE OF CONTENTS Page Abstract……………………………………………………………………………………ii Acknowledgments………………………………………………………………………..iii List of Figures…………………………………………………………………………….iv Chapters: 1. 2. 3. Introduction………………………………………………………………………..1 Methodology………………………………………………………………………6 Case Studies……………………………………………………………………….8 3.1 Pfizer, Incorporate……………………………………………………………..8 3.2 Hewlett-Packard Company…………………………………………………..12 3.3 Merck & Co., Incorporated…………………………………………………..16 3.4 Morgan Stanley………………………………………………………………20 3.5 Cisco Systems………………………………………………………………..23 3.6 Bank of America……………………………………………………………..25 3.7 Sun Microsystems……………………………………………………………28 3.8 Verizon Communications……………………………………………………30 3.9 Yahoo! Incorporated…………………………………………………………32 4. 5. Conclusions & Implications……………………………………………………...34 Limitations……………………………………………………………………….37 List of References………………………………………………………………………..38 ABSTRACT It is a well documented fact that there are few women in top executive positions in business organizations. In this research I examine the effect of having women in top executive positions on an organization’s human qualities (such as being recognized as a best company to work for) and on its financial success. Using a ten-year content analysis of five different annual rankings generated by credible business publications, and a case study analysis, this research examines trends and predictors of corporate success as indicated by an
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