Gender Expectation Gaps: Results and Impact of Global Employability Surveys Regarding Gender Diversity Conducted for German Graduate Study Programs

By Lyuba Mutovkina, Carmen A. Finckh and Mona Gall.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

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This article highlights three major outcomes from global employability surveys about the topic of gender diversity. Students and graduates of two master programs at ESB Business School of Reutlingen University in Germany were asked about their study programs, their expected and their realized career paths, and their individual well-being. This article highlights selected gender differences that were discovered in the analysis and underlines results on specific gender issues. The three major outcomes are: firstly, men and women work in different industries, functions, and leadership positions; secondly, there is a potential for unfulfilled expectations of young managers regarding their achievement of certain positions and the realization of their private goals; thirdly, by looking at the graduates’ career paths in combination with their well-being, a low level of satisfaction with work-life-balance and high levels of stress could be identified. The results give valuable insights into the conceptual world of students at the beginning of their career and as future managers. Looking at gender differences and gender issues leads to interesting findings which can be used for further research and discussions at ESB Business School. By contrasting the outcomes of the alumni survey with outcomes of the student survey, significant differences between the awareness of students and the reality of the graduates concerning gender diversity issues were discovered. The disclosed gap between students’ expectations and the real-life situations of the alumni indicates further areas for discussion. One major question is how students can cope with these challenges and issues of gender diversity management in future management positions as (female) managers while taking corporate social responsibility into consideration.

Keywords: Diversity Management, Gender Studies, Global Employability, Internationalization, Alumni Survey, Students Survey, Diversity Management in Higher Education

The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 16, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.23-41. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 4, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.303MB)).

Lyuba Mutovkina

Master of Business Administration in International Management, Reutlingen University, Reutlingen, Germany

Dr. Carmen A. Finckh

Professor, ESB Business School, Reutlingen University, Reutlingen, Germany; Gender Diversity Manager, Reutlingen University, Reutlingen, Germany

Mona Gall

Master of Science in International Business Development, Reutlingen University, Reutlingen, Germany