Exploring the Value of Bystander Intervention for Decreasing the Chilly Climate for Women at Work

Conference Proceeding


  • The year 2017, with the founding of the #MeToo movement, brought a reckoning around the discriminatory work environment for women in many industries, including entertainment, politics, government, and academia. This movement made evident the sex- and gender-based discrimination that always has existed but had not been fully acknowledged in public discourse. It is fortunate that the upcoming Academy of Management conference adopted the theme Improving Lives, with its focus on examining how organizations can elevate the health and well-being of individuals and society. Viewed through this lens, the #MeToo movement is an important statement about how organizations and powerful individuals can impede the well-being (psychological, financial, social, physical) of women at work, and the theme inspires management researchers and practitioners to play a role in shaping a better future.Our panel symposium will examine the discriminatory work environments faced by women in academia and will describe experiences that universities have had with addressing these through BSI initiatives. Although the experiences reported here focus on BSI in the academic context, the purpose of this symposium is to generate an audience discussion about the value of BSI for mitigating toxic work environments in all work contexts.
  • Authors

  • Shea, Christine
  • Bond, Meg A
  • O'Leary-Kelly, Anne
  • Bowes-Sperry, Lynn
  • Maranto, Cheryl L