Tag: China

Liz Bolshaw

Rebecca Knight has written for this blog about a US study that proved what we all knew to be the case: despite the fact that jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics attract up to 33 per cent higher salaries than those in other industries, women still are not choosing them.

The rot, says Leslie Sobon, corporate vice-president of product marketing at AMD, the microchip maker, sets in early.

Liz Bolshaw

The continuing preponderance of men enrolling in MBA courses has been the subject of much debate, most recently in the Financial Times. What may be less well known is that the size of the gender gap differs markedly between countries.

Andrew Hill

Sylvia Ann Hewlett has offered a glimpse of her new study with Ripa Rashid into the aspirations and fears of Chinese women in business.

As she writes in her Harvard Business Review blog, the lesson for companies that wish to tap this talent pool is a simple one:

Supporting China’s qualified women isn’t just a nice thing to do. It’s absolutely necessary.

The world’s top businesswoman is Indian – PepsiCo’s Chennai-born chief, Indra Nooyi – and there are six more executives from India in the top 50, as many as from China, and fewer than only the US.

But Indian glee should be tempered. When it comes to bringing women into the workplace; China does a much better job. According to Credit Suisse, two-thirds of Chinese women are economically active – compared with only one-third of Indian women.

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Liz Bolshaw

Liz Bolshaw is a business journalist and editor. She has been a successful book publisher, online editor, magazine editor and publisher.

She was launch editor of the Europe-wide online community Entrepreneur Country, has published magazines for PwC, 3i, dunhill and Bafta, and launched The Sharp Edge, a magazine for and about entrepreneurs, with Duncan Bannatyne. She is a regular contributor to Thomson Reuters’ Venture Capital Journal.

Her last project for the Financial Times was as editor of the paper’s Business Education magazine.

Rebecca Knight

Rebecca Knight is a freelance journalist based in Boston. She writes regularly for the FT on business education, entrepreneurship, and management.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill is an associate editor and the management editor of the FT. He was City editor of the FT and editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance from September 2006 to December 2010.

He was the FT’s financial editor from June 2005 to September 2006, with overall responsibility for coverage of companies and markets. Before becoming financial editor, he was the FT’s comment & analysis editor, in charge of the paper’s opinion and features pages.

From 1999 to 2003, he was the FT’s New York bureau chief. He joined the FT in 1988 and has also worked as foreign news editor, UK companies reporter and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.

Pino Bethencourt

Pino Bethencourt is a professor and leadership expert at IE Business School in Madrid. She is also an author and executive coach.

Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton is professor of management practice at London Business School.

Linda Tarr-Whelan

Linda Tarr-Whelan, former ambassador to the UN commission on the status of women, is a Demos distinguished senior fellow.