Women Leaders in Corporate India

  • Meera AlagarajaEmail author
  • Denise M. Cumberland
  • Mrudula Anne
  • Vishal Arghode
Part of the Current Perspectives on Asian Women in Leadership book series (CPAWL)


Gender and diversity issues in India continue to challenge organizations and human resource development (HRD) practitioners. The benefits and opportunities emanating from liberalization have not fully reached women and other underrepresented groups in India. We have provided an assessment of existing literature on the role of women in the corporate workplace in India. By examining literature, we highlighted key issues, challenges, and evidence of practices that can support and enhance participation of women in the corporate world. Next, we linked findings from research and public discussion of women’s leadership in corporate India by analyzing the contents of Twitter messages over two years to contextualize our findings in real-world contexts. The content analysis of the tweets captured the focus and efforts of organizational and HRD leaders to advance women in India. We also identified women CEOs from practitioner literature to offer growing evidence of their impact on organizations and society. Finally, we offered recommendations for research and practice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meera Alagaraja
    • 1
    Email author
  • Denise M. Cumberland
    • 1
  • Mrudula Anne
    • 2
  • Vishal Arghode
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  3. 3.Gannon UniversityErieUSA

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