Isabel Fernandez-Mateo, Adecco Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School, has co-authored a research paper revealing the impact of rejection on gender diversity in businesses.
In previous research covered in this HBR article, Isabel found that women often choose not to reapply for a job after rejection due to perceptions of an unfair hiring process.
Her recent paper, titled "Reject and Resubmit: A Formal Analysis of Gender Differences in Reapplication and Their Contribution to Women's Presence in Talent Pipelines" argues that trying to encourage more women to apply can backfire, as the higher the rejection rate, the fewer women there will be in the application process in the long run.
The paper suggests that lowering the rejection rate for everyone, providing realistic job previews, and tailoring rejection messages could be a more effective way of increasing diversity.
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