Dr. Letian Zhang examined how a firm’s gender diversity impacts its performance.

A longitudinal review of employee data from 1,703 leading public firms was conducted. The data spanned from 2007-2014. The sample included firms from 35 countries and 24 industries.

Key findings include:
–The institutional context influences the relationship between gender diversity and firm performance.
–Increased gender diversity has a positive effect on a firm’s return on assets (ROA) and market value (Tobin’s Q).

Read more to see how increased gender diversity yields positive returns for firm performance.


Zhang, L. (n.d.). An Institutional Approach to Gender Diversity and Firm Performance. Organization Science, 1-40.

Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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