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Is There Any Learning From the Lean-in(g)?

I Metz, Savita Kumra, Kara A Arnold, Marta B Calas, Donna Chrobot-Mason, Marianne Cooper, Stella M Nkoma, Linda Smircich

Academy of Management Proceedings | Academy of Management | Published : 2015

Abstract

Sheryl Sandberg’s book titled ‘Lean in: Women, work and the will to lead’ was published on March 11, 2013 and has since sold approximately 1.6 million copies. In a world where the lack of female advancement to senior positions in organisations has long been a cause for concern, we ask what is it about Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ approach that is resonating with women, and some men, around the world? Further, considering what we already know on barriers and facilitators to women’s advancement, we ask: is there any learning from the Lean-in(g)? The book has generated much comment, and views from the general media are mixed. In respect of the academic community, there has to date been little co..

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