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Gender Equality in Decision Making (GEM)

Project Description

The project’s particular focus is on HR-related practices, specifically on selection, performance management and promotions/advancement, and aims to influence private and public sector employers to improve gender balance in key decision-making positions through the design and development of a ‘Best Practice Guide to Accelerate Progress towards Gender Balance in Key Decision-Making Positions’. An additional aim is to encourage business schools to promote gender diversity in leadership positions through the design of a training programme for undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience students on ‘Why gender balance on key decision-making committees makes good business sense’.

Principal Investigator

Dr Christine Cross


Mr Tommy Foy, Human Resources Director
Ms Marie Connolly, HR Manager
Post-doctoral Researcher: Dr Caroline Murphy

External Partners

Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation; Cranfield School of Management, UK; Dell Computers, EMEA; University of Abertay, Scotland.


October 2014 - September 2016

Grant Source

European Commission PROGRESS

Grant Amount

Total funding: 311.929,05
EU funding: 249.543,24
Matched funding: 62,385.81

Project Outputs