Archive: June 2013

Studies show gender gap still exists on scientific advisory boards

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 year and 4 months and 1 day ago

While the number of women holding positions on scientific advisory boards (SAB) is increasing, it may come as a surprise that those numbers are still low.

According to the U.S. National Science Foundation, although the proportion of women in industrial and academic science is on the rise—women make up 25 percent of tenured academics in science and engineering and more than 25 percent of industry scientists in research and development—when it comes to women serving on SABs, the numbers aren’t as positive. And, women are losing out because of it: membership on these boards is not without its advantages, including access to promising research, consulting opportunities, and monetary rewards.

paper published last October by MIT Sloan Professor Fiona Murray, along with Toby Stuart at the University of California, Berkeley, and Waverly Ding at the University of Maryland in College Park, examined the gender gap in corporate SABs. As part of the study, they reviewed a national sample of 6,000 life scientists whose careers span more than 30 years. In addition, the group looked at all publicly available lists of U.S. biotech SABs, including about 500 companies.

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MIT Sloan professor receives highest honor from the president of Chile

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 year and 4 months and 4 days ago

MIT Sloan Professor Arnoldo Hax was recently awarded the Medal of Comendador de la Orden al Mérito de Chile (Commander of the Order of Merit of Chile) in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service to Chile. Hax is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Management, Emeritus and a Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at MIT Sloan.

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