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ISSN Number: 2009-2822. Frequency: 4 Issues per year (online only)  

#1542 - How Does the Gender and Attractiveness of the Supervisor Influence the Performance of Supervisees? Implications for Hiring Processes in New Ventures

IRE Vol 14: Issue 4, 2016 , Pages 395-422

Author(s): Philipp Koellinger (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and Joern H. Block (Universitšt Trier, Germany and Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

A series of field and laboratory experiments were conducted in which single-sex groups of male or female students competed in different intellectual tasks to earn money or university grades (N = 291). The supervisor of these groups was one of several young and attractive males or females. The results show that when the supervisor was a female, the performance of male participants was, on average, negatively influenced. Group size moderated this effect such that having a female supervisor produced a negative effect in small groups and a positive effect in large groups of male supervisees. Implications of the findings for the hiring processes in new ventures are discussed.

Keywords: supervision, mixed-sex interaction, performance, entrepreneurial leadership, hiring processes

JEL codes: M54, J01, D03

PsycINFO codes: 2340, 2970, 3620

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