UIC Business Scholar to Study Career Progress of South African Women

A University of Illinois at Chicago researcher has received a grant from the South African National Research Foundation to study the career progress of South African women.

Jenny Hoobler, associate professor of managerial studies, will research gender diversity in the workplace and financial performance of South African firms.

The two-year project is led by Stella Nkomo, professor of economic and management sciences at the University of Pretoria.

The researchers will examine whether South African companies could benefit financially and socially from having more women in leadership positions.

The grant will fund a three-phase study using Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa Women in Leadership census data from 2004-2011.

Hoobler is co-author of the Academy of Management Journal article “Bosses’ Perceptions of Family-work Conflict and Women’s Promotability: Glass Ceiling Effects.” She teaches organizational behavior, labor-management relations and human resource management at UIC.

UIC ranks among the nation’s leading research universities and is Chicago’s largest university with 27,000 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners in hundreds of programs to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.

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