FEMALE MANAGERIALITY Analysis tools for the development of new governance models in Italian companies (EN)


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- Analyzing the European context by identifying existing best practices/successful models (European comparison and benchmarking by comparing similar districts) -- Analyzing and enhancing managerial skills i.e., the key role of training in women's managerialization;
- To raise awareness and make managers and entrepreneurs more aware of the objectives being pursued so that they can support strategies and plans for change in corporate culture;
- Identify analysis tools and a set of indicators that can highlight favorable or blocking dynamics in building a women-friendly business environment;
- Design and identify a corporate assesment/check-up system on women's diversity management that incorporates the elements required by the sustainability report that can be disseminated later.


- 60 managers and entrepreneurs, women executives/managers, and women in leadership roles (aspiring and potential managers); at least 30 of these managers;
- 50 companies of different sizes, commodity sectors, supply chains and different territorial realities of the Emilia-Romagna Region; at least 80 percent adherent to Fondirigenti.

Description of the policy / project

involves 4 phases of intervention:

Phase 1: DESK RESEARCH/ANALYSIS. Analysis, through online focus groups, of the European business models most valuing female managerial skills (inclusive business models, approaches, etc.) In this phase, international partners identified as representatives of industrial districts similar to the Emilia-Romagna region will be involved in the research (also based on the Gender Equality Index of their country) Phase 2: DEFINITION OF INDICATORS. The objective of this phase is to define a system of indicators that describe endogenous and exogenous blocking factors and enable the definition of improvement actions with new target indicators to be achieved. A questionnaire will be administered to a target group of female and male Managers (50 percent for each gender) working in enterprises of different sizes and at different stages of development, of different territorial contexts, different educational qualifications and seniority.

Therefore, the following will be developed: CASE STUDIES (5) with the aim of identifying best practices/successful cases and FOCUS GROUPS (5)-where to open the discussion on the current state of women's managerial development to identify the sentiment towards the issue, the main critical issues and understand on the ground what possible actions to activate.

Phase 3: DEFINITION OF AN ASSESSMENT MODEL. The model will allow for a restitution of the company's situation with respect to the identified model and related indications in terms of areas of competence to be developed, training activities/profiles, and actions related to the organization.

Implementation Time: 9 months

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