Gary N. Powell

Professor Emeritus


Education/professional certification:

  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Business Administration (Organizational Behavior), 1976
  • M.S.B.A., University of Massachusetts, Management Science, 1975
  • B.S., MIT, Industrial Management, 1967

Areas of expertise:

  • Gender and leadership
  • Glass ceiling
  • Gender and entrepreneurship
  • Work and family


Gary N. Powell is Professor Emeritus of Management in the School of Business at the University of Connecticut. He is also Distinguished Scholar at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). He is author of Making Work and Family Work: From Hard Choices to Smart Choices, Women and Men in Management (5th ed.), Managing a Diverse Workforce: Learning Activities (3rd ed.), and editor of Handbook of Gender and Work. His graduate course on women and men in management won an award on innovation in education from the Committee on Equal Opportunity for Women of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). He also has won the University of Connecticut School of Business Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (four times) and Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. He has received the University of Connecticut President’s Award for Promoting Multiculturalism.

He has served as Chair of the Women in Management (now Gender and Diversity in Organizations) Division of the Academy of Management and received both the Janet Chusmir Service Award for his contributions to the division and the Sage Scholarship Award for his contributions to research on gender in organizations. He has published over 120 articles in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Management; contributed over 25 chapters to edited volumes; and made over 160 presentations at professional conferences. He is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and Eastern Academy of Management. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management and as President of the Eastern Academy of Management. He has served on the Editorial Board of Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, and Academy of Management Executive, and he is Co-Editor of a special issue on work-life theory for Academy of Management Review.

Prior to joining the faculty at UConn, he worked at General Electric, graduating from its Manufacturing Management Program. At GE, he designed and implemented automated project scheduling systems as well as systems for inventory control, materials procurement, and so on. He has provided management training and development for many companies, including Webster Financial Corp., The Hartford Financial Services Group, The Implementation Partners (TIP), GE-Capital, General Signal, Apple Computer, Monroe Auto Equipment, AllState, and CIGNA, and has conducted numerous workshops.

Featured Publications


  • Powell, G.N.  (2019).  Women and men in management, 5th ed.  Los Angeles: Sage.
  • Greenhaus, J.H., & Powell, G.N. (2017). Making work and family work: From hard choices to smart choices. New York: Routledge.
  • Powell, G.N.  (2011).  Managing a diverse workforce: Learning activities, 3rd ed.  Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
  • Powell, G.N. (Ed.)  (1999).  Handbook of gender and work.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Gender and leadership

  • Powell, G.N., Butterfield, D.A., & Jiang, X. (2018). Why Trump and Clinton lost and won: The roles of hypermasculinity and androgyny. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 37, 44-62.
  • Powell, G.N., & Butterfield, D.A. (2015). Correspondence between self- and good-manager descriptions: Examining stability and change over four decades. Journal of Management, 41, 1745-1773.
  • Powell, G.N., & Butterfield, D.A. (2015). The preference to work for a man or a woman: A matter of sex and gender? Journal of Vocational Behavior, 86, 28-37.
  • Powell, G.N., & Butterfield, D.A. (2013). Sex, gender, and aspirations to top management: Who’s opting out? Who’s opting in? Journal of Vocational Behavior, 82, 30-36.
  • Powell, G.N. (2012). Six ways of seeing the elephant: The intersection of sex, gender, and leadership. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 27, 119-141.
  • Powell, G.N. (2011). The gender and leadership wars. Organizational Dynamics, 40, 1-9.
  • Powell, G.N., Butterfield, D.A., & Parent, J.D.  (2002).  Gender and managerial stereotypes: Have the times changed?  Journal of Management, 28, 177-193.
  • Powell, G.N., & Butterfield, D.A.  (1979).  The “good manager”: Masculine or androgynous?  Academy of Management Journal, 22, 395‑403.

Glass ceiling

  • Powell, G.N., & Butterfield, D.A.  (2015).  The glass ceiling: What have we learned 20 years on?  Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, 2, 306-326.
  • Foley, S., Kidder, D.L., & Powell, G.N.  (2002).  The perceived glass ceiling and justice perceptions: An investigation of Hispanic law associates.  Journal of Management, 28, 471496.
  • Powell, G.N., & Butterfield, D.A.  (2002).  Exploring the influence of decision makers’ race and gender on actual promotions to top management.  Personnel Psychology, 55, 397-428.
  • Powell, G.N., & Butterfield, D.A.  (1997).  Effect of race on promotions to top management in a federal department.  Academy of Management Journal, 40, 112-128.
  • Powell, G.N., & Butterfield, D.A.  (1994).  Investigating the “glass ceiling” phenomenon: An empirical study of actual promotions to top management.  Academy of Management Journal, 37, 68-86.

Gender and entrepreneurship

  • Powell, G.N., & Eddleston, K.A. (2017). Family involvement in the firm, family-to-business support, and entrepreneurial outcomes: An explanation.  Journal of Small Business Management, 55, 614-631.
  • Powell, G.N., & Eddleston, K.A. (2013). Linking family-to-business enrichment and support to entrepreneurial success: Do female and male entrepreneurs experience different outcomes? Journal of Business Venturing, 28, 261-280.
  • Eddleston, K.A., & Powell, G.N. (2012). Nurturing entrepreneurs’ work-family balance: A gendered perspective. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 36, 513-541.
  • Powell, G.N., & Eddleston, K.A. (2008). The paradox of the contented female business owner.  Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73, 24-36.
  • Eddleston, K.A., & Powell, G.N. (2008). The role of gender identity in explaining sex differences in business owners’ career satisfier preferences. Journal of Business Venturing, 23, 244-256.

Work and family

  • Powell, G.N., Greenhaus, J.H., Jaskiewicz, P., Combs, J.G., Balkin, D.B., & Shanine, K.K. (2018). Family science and the work-family interface: An interview with Gary Powell and Jeffrey Greenhaus. Human Resource Management Review, 28, 98-102.
  • Chen, Z., Powell, G.N., & Cui, W. (2014). Dynamics of the relationships among work and family resource gain and loss, enrichment, and conflict over time. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84, 293-302.
  • Powell, G.N., & Greenhaus, J.H. (2012). When family considerations influence work decisions: Decision-making processes. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81, 322-329.
  • Greenhaus, J.H., & Powell, G.N. (2012). The family-relatedness of work decisions: A framework and agenda for theory and research. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80, 246-255.
  • Chen, Z., & Powell, G.N. (2012). No pain, no gain? A resource-based model of work-to-family enrichment and conflict. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81, 89-98.
  • Powell, G.N., & Greenhaus, J.H. (2010). Sex, gender, and the work-to-family interface: Exploring negative and positive interdependencies. Academy of Management Journal, 53, 513-534.
  • Powell, G.N., & Greenhaus, J.H. (2010). Sex, gender, and decisions at the family→work interface. Journal of Management, 36, 1011-1039.
  • Powell, G.N., Francesco, A.M., & Ling, Y. (2009). Toward culture-sensitive theories of the work-family interface. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 30, 597-616.
  • Greenhaus, J.H., & Powell, G.N.  (2006).  When work and family are allies: A theory of work-family enrichment.  Academy of Management Review, 31, 72-92.
  • Greenhaus, J.H., & Powell, G.N.  (2003).  When work and family collide: Deciding between competing role demands.  Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 90, 291-303.
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