Red Hat Canada: Bridging the Gender Gap
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In August 2017, the Canadian country leader of Red Hat Inc., an open source software company, was reviewing the progress made by the Canadian subsidiary of the American multinational in bridging the gender gap. The subsidiary had met its target of increasing the ratio of women in its sales team from 5 per cent in August 2014 to 40 per cent in July 2017. The country leader was examining ways to leverage the takeaways from the four-year experience in reducing the gender gap in an effort to not only sustain the momentum but also go beyond gender parity.
The case can be used in undergraduate and graduate courses on gender parity or women in leadership. After working through the case and assignment questions, students will have enhanced their ability to do the following:
- Describe initiatives business leaders could take to place more women into leadership roles in historically male-dominated workplaces.
- Identify resources that business leaders could use to increase gender diversity.
- Analyze methods for embedding a leader's efforts into an organization by creating norms for the leadership team and the organization.
- Analyze methods for creating formal responsibilities, accountability, and metrics that emphasize diversity and inclusion in recruiting, motivating, developing, advancing, and retaining a diverse workforce.
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Canada, Large, 2017
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