The Gender Pay Gap

Business and Management INK

only-few-cents-247849-mBack in the news is an issue of importance in the field of management: the gender pay gap. Fifty years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women continue to be paid less than men, even when accounting for factors commonly understood to affect earnings. As the U.S. Census Bureau data has shown, “for the last decade, median earnings for women working full-time, year-round, have been just 77% of men’s earnings.” The American Association of University Women’s research report, Graduating to a Pay Gap, further reveals that college-educated women working full-time were “paid an unexplained 7% less than their male counterparts were paid one year after graduation.”

What does recent research tell us about the gender pay gap? What’s behind it? What are the effects of unequal pay on the workplace, families, the economy? Does it matter? We’re pleased to present the following articles to enrich the discussion. Click on…

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Read Journal of Management’s Special Issue for Free!

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Time is running out to read the Special Issue on Bayesian Probability and Statistics in Management Research from Journal of Management for free! How can Bayesian methods overcome limitations of frequentist methods? What is the probability that Bayesian methodologies will one day supersede traditional frequentist methodologies in the organizational science community? Could Bayesian modeling of interactions lead to a general improvement in the communication and understanding of research results? These questions and more are closely examined in the Special Issue.

From Special Issue Editors Michael J. Zyphur, Frederick L. Oswald, and Deborah E. Rupp:

We are pleased to announce the special issue on Bayesian Probability and Statistics in Management Research. Although the past 20 years has jom coverwitnessed a veritable explosion of Bayesian applications in the social and physical sciences, management research has yet to fully take part in the ‘Bayesian revolution’. However, there are many important conceptual…

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Capturing Relative Importance of Customer Satisfaction Drivers Using Bayesian Dominance Hierarchy

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[We’re pleased to welcome authors Philippe Duverger and Xiaoyin Wang of Towson University. Duverger and Wang recently published an article inCornell Hospitality Quarterly entitled “Capturing Relative Importance of Customer Satisfaction Drivers using Bayesian Dominance Hierarchy,” which is currently free to read for a limited time. Below, they reflect on the inspiration for conducting this research:]


What motivated you to pursue this research?

We observed that most research on the drivers of customer satisfaction (CS) used large samples, often aggregated from several month and/or several properties. Although this is a fine method to look at CS trends it is not practical at the property level for immediate action. The current methods require large samples in order to achieve sufficient power and find significant estimates in models. Unfortunately, most hotel property monthly survey yield samples of less than 100 that will make driver analyses problematic and more likely…

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How Do Senior Leaders Navigate the Need to Belong?

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[We’re pleased to welcome author Dr. Jessy Zumaeta of the University of Chile and the London School of Economics. Dr. Zumaeta recently published an article in Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies entitled “Lonely at the Top: How Do Senior Leaders Navigate the Need to Belong?” which is currently free to read for a limited time. Below, Dr. Zumaeta speaks about the motivations, challenges, and findings of this research:]

JLOS_72ppiRGB_powerpointWhat motivated you to pursue this research?

I’m very interested in Leadership research and practice. Leaders may contribute to a great extent to organizations’ success or failure. They can make organizations and its people to thrive or, on the contrary, leaders may block employees’ and organizations’ progress. Due to the importance of their role, managers at the top echelons of organizations are usually highly pressured to deliver results. Among other things, I wanted to explore to what extent…

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Mobile & Online Qualitative Research: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Research Design Review

Data quality matters. Regardless of the research method or approach, our ability to say anything meaningful about our research outcomes hinges on the integrity of the data. The greater care the researcher takes to ensure the basic ingredients of “good” research design, the more confident the researcher and importantly the user of the research will be in the recommendations drawn from the research and its ultimate usefulness.

This focus on data quality applies to all research. And although it is most often a topic of discussion among survey researchers, data quality considerations are increasingly (I hope!) a discussion among qualitative researchers as well. Indeed, the underlying validity of our qualitative data is an important consideration regardless of the researcher’s paradigm orientation or the qualitative method, including the more recent methodological options – that is, mobile and online qualitative research.

Mobile and online technology – in particular, tech solutions that combine…

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On Islamic Economics

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Published in Express Tribune, 10 June 2010; See for Urdu translation. Version below has been simplified and expanded. Nonetheless, it was written 8 years ago, just after the Global Financial Crisis, and does not cover many important developments which have taken place in the current decade.

Modern finance is based on trading of debt, and on the use of interest. Both of these operations are prohibited in Islam, making it difficult to “Islamize” finance. Secular mindsets dazzled by glories of the West think that we need to abandon archaic laws, and emulate the West, in order to develop and progress. Apologetic supporters of Islam believe that we need to revise and update Islamic laws, to bring them into harmony with needs of modern times.  Much effort has gone into finding loopholes and stretched interpretations of Islamic law which will permit creation of the equivalents of Western financial instruments within…

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Remembering Sabika Sheikh

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Sabika died during Ramazan, while fasting. May Allah give her highest rewards of Jannah and give Sabr to her family. What she did — in terms of giving love to her host family — is actually the way that Islam was spread throughout the world. [shortlink:]

Mercy to all Mankind (Rahmatul lil Alameen)
Our Prophet SAW was the Mercy to all mankind, who suffered pain when anyone else did. His heart was full of compassion and sympathy for others.
There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful. (9:128)

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