Women at the Top (TOP)

September 1st, 2012 - August 31st, 2015

Project description
Despite the large number of working women in the Dutch workforce, their proportion in top positions is still too low. At Dutch universities only 14.8 percent of the full professors is female. That percentage drops to 7.4 percent at universities of technology. Previous research has mainly focused on factors that may hinder women’s career. This project, however, will focus on facilitating factors in women’s careers, particularly women working in high-tech environments. The starting point will be the Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) model. The focus will be on a) what kind of personal resources employees have, b) how they (can) increase their own resources using proactive strategies, c) what kind of job resources the organization offers, and d) the link between job resources and academic performance. Additionally, attention is paid to the phenomenon of stereotype threat and whether job resources may offset the negative effects of the stereotype threat environment. We hope that our results will serve as tools for policy-makers and universities to increase the number of women within academia.

·       Dubbelt, L., Rispens, S., & Demerouti, E. (2016). Work engagement and research output among female and male scientists: A diary study. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 15(2), 55-65. DOI: 10.1027/1866-5888/a000150
·       Dubbelt, L., Demerouti, E., & Rispens, S. (2016). Self-regulation: women's key to unlocking the resources in the self-domain. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 224(1), 46-56. DOI: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000237
·       Dubbelt, L., Rispens, S., & Demerouti, E. (2016). Gender discrimination and job characteristics. Career Development International, 21(3), 230-245. DOI: 10.1108/CDI-10-2015-0136
·       Dubbelt, L. / Women to the top: discovering facilitating factors for women's functioning in minority positions. Thesis (2016).

Contact person
Prof.dr. E. Demerouti, Dr. S. Rispens