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Organizational Psychology: The Glass Cliff

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Inspired by a newspaper article that blamed poor company performance with female leadership, Professor Michelle Ryan began research into when women are appointed to board leadership and the types of positions they are given. She identified a phenomenon dubbed the Glass Cliff, which states that women are given precarious leadership positions when a company is in crisis, either because they are expected to deal with layoffs or because they are to be scapegoats for the company's problems.

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