Corinne Post, PhD

Fred J. Springer Endowed Chair in Business Leadership and Professor of Management

Corinne Post, PhD

Corinne Post, PhD, has spent more than two decades of her career carving a niche in research on workplace diversity. A prominent scholar and thought leader in the field, she’s shared her work in cities across the globe as a presenter at internationally renowned academic management conferences and professional organizations.

Her research has far-reaching impact for academic and general audiences alike—appearing in leading scholarly journals like the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Journal of Business Ethics, as well as in media outlets including Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and BBC News.

In May, Dr. Post received the 2022 Sage Award for Scholarly Contributions from the Academy of Management’s division of Gender and Diversity in Organizations. Recognizing her lifetime body of work, the award honored the enduring contributions she has made in advancing knowledge on gender and diversity and the significance of her work in impacting the direction of future research in this area.

“Adding diversity to a team is not just some pixie dust that you throw into the mix, and then the magic happens,” says Dr. Post, the Fred J. Springer Endowed Chair in Business Leadership and professor of Management at the Villanova School of Business. “I’m interested in the specific conditions that enable diversity in organizations to lead to higher innovation and performance or prevent it.”

Dr. Post’s research addresses questions related to diversity and diversity management, with a focus on women in leadership roles, on top management teams and on organizational boards. She also examines how gender, race and ethnicity impact individual work experiences and career trajectories. Her work explores the dynamics that emerge in teams and organizations that are diverse in nature—with an emphasis on how those dynamics shape the innovativeness and performance of the group as a whole.

“The evidence is not always neat and tidy—there’s much more nuance to it,” she says. “It’s important to understand that nuance and how it fits into the bigger picture so that we can identify the conditions that need to be in place to produce positive outcomes on teams.”


Executive-Level Findings

“What changes after women enter top management teams?” Dr. Post answered that very question as lead author of a paper by that title in the February 2022 issue of the international Academy of Management Journal.

She and her colleagues found that as women joined a top management team, executives were more willing to invest in developing innovation and were less likely to take big risks on mergers and acquisition deals. They arrived at these conclusions after analyzing 13 years of data collected from 163 multinational companies in a wide range of industries.

An earlier study, on the relationship between women on boards and firm financial performance, was cited in a research report by the European Parliament earlier this year. The report resulted in EU legislation this summer that requires firms listed on European stock exchanges to ensure that at least 40 percent of non-executive directors or at least 33 percent of all directors are women.