Gary N. Powell

Professor Emeritus

Management &


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
  • Work and family
  • Gender and entrepreneurship


Gary N. Powell is Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. He is author of Gender in Management (6th ed.), Gender and Leadership, Making Work and Family Work: From Hard Choices to Smart Choices, and Managing a Diverse Workforce: Learning Activities (3rd ed.), and the editor of Handbook of Gender and Work. He is an internationally recognized scholar and educator on gender, diversity, and work-family issues in the workplace. 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 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 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) 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 received the Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Academy of Management for his contributions to business and management research in the UK. He has received the Ellen Galinsky Generative Researcher Award of the Work and Family Researchers Network and was also named as a Top Ten Extraordinary Contributor for his contributions to work and family research. He has served as Distinguished Scholar at Lancaster University Management School in Lancaster, UK. He has published over 120 articles in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Human Relations; contributed over 30 chapters to edited volumes; and made over 180 presentations at professional conferences. He is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management, Academy of Social Sciences, 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 as Co-editor of a Special Issue of Academy of Management Review on work-life theory and on the Editorial Board of Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, and Academy of Management Executive.

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 other workshops.

Featured Publications


  • Powell, G.N.  (2024).  Gender in management, 6th ed.  Los Angeles: Sage.
  • Powell, G.N. (2020). Gender and leadership. London: 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. (2022). Aspirations to top management over five decades: A shifting role of gender? Gender in Management: An International Journal, 37, 953-968.
  • Powell, G.N., Butterfield, D.A., & Jiang, X. (2022). Gender, diversity and the 2020 US presidential election: Towards an androgynous presidential profile? Gender in Management: An International Journal, 37, 785-800.
  • Powell, G.N., Butterfield, D.A., & Jiang, X. (2021). The “good manager” over five decades: Towards an androgynous profile? Gender in Management: An International Journal, 36, 714-730.
  • 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.

Work and family

  • Gatrell, C., Ladge, J.J., & Powell, G.N. (2022). A review of fatherhood and employment: Introducing new perspectives for management research. Journal of Management Studies, 59, 1198-1226.
  • Hennekam, S., Ladge, J.J., & Powell, G.N. (2021). Confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic: How multi-domain work-life shock events may result in positive identity change. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 130, 103261.
  • Powell, G.N. (2020). Work-family lockdown: Implications for a post-pandemic research agenda. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 35, 639-646.
  • Powell, G.N., Greenhaus, J.H., Allen, T.D., & Johnson, R.E. (2019). Advancing and expanding work-life theory from multiple perspectives. Academy of Management Review, 44, 54-71.
  • 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.

Gender and entrepreneurship

  • Madison, K., Eddleston, K.A., Kellermanns, F.W., & Powell, G.N. (2021). Kinship and gender in family firms: New insights into employees’ organizational citizenship behavior. Family Business Review, 34, 270-295.
  • 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.
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