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Tolmie presents on the role of women as managers at AIB-SE conference

Carri Tolmie, assistant professor of international business, presented at the 2017 Academy of International Business Southeast conference in Washington, D.C.

Assistant Professor of International Business Carri Tolmie presented her paper, “Gender, Trust, and the Role of Women,” at the 2017 Academy of International Business Southeast conference in Washington, D.C.

Tolmie co-authored the paper with Kevin Lehnert, associate professor of marketing at Grand Valley State University, and Carol Sanchez, professor and director of international business programs at Grand Valley State University.

The paper is about the perception of women as managers and the impact gender has on trust and organizational performance. The authors looked at a sample of 389 managers from Latin America and the United States for their study.

The abstract reads as follows:

This paper explores the perception of women as managers, and how gender can influence this perception and the relationship between trust and organizational performance. We argue that the more positive the perception of women as managers, the stronger the relationship between trust and organizational performance, and that this perception is moderated by employee gender. Utilizing a sample of 389 managers from Latin America and the United States, results support our hypotheses that organizational trust is associated with stronger perceived performance, and this relationship is mediated by the employee’s perception of women as managers. This effect only holds for men, not women. Results offer valuable insight for managers as they try to create an equitable environment for all employees to contribute and prosper, by building higher levels of firm-level trust, growing the role of women as leaders, and improving organizational performance.

In addition to presenting her research, Tolmie served as the marketing co-chair for the conference, and was a panelist during the “Becoming an Academic Researcher” and “Incorporating the X-Culture Project in International Business Curriculum: Challenges and Best Practices” sessions.

The Academy of International Business is the leading association for international business scholars and specialists with members from 90 different countries around the world. 

Caroline Perry ,
Student
11/28/2017 9:55 AM