Ivona Hideg

Associate Professor of Organisation Studies

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Ivona is a passionate researcher and educator. Her main programme of research includes workplace equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). In her work, she focuses on gender, but also examines issues surrounding race, ethnicity, language and accent including intersection of various identities that we all hold. She is also a Fellow at Jesus College at the University of Oxford.

Ivona’s work has provided important insights for leaders, organisations and governments on how to effectively manage and leverage an ever increasingly diverse workforce to thrive in today’s global economy. Importantly, her work has provided insights into how to do so in a socially responsible way by promoting and increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

She was appointed as a Research Fellow with Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University in 2019. This fellowship recognised the contributions of her work for public and government policy making. She also served as Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal and currently serves on the Methods Advisory Panel at Administrative Science Quarterly.

Ivona received a PhD in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

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  • equity, diversity, and inclusion at work
  • gender equity and women at work
  • women in leadership and men-dominated fields
  • parental leaves and career outcomes
  • intersectionality (eg gender and race, gender and accent)
  • language and accent equity and diversity
  • diversity and equity policies and initiatives


Grounded in psychological theories and using experimental methodology, Ivona’s work seeks insights on root causes of inequities in the workplace such as persistent underrepresentation of women in top leadership positions and other men-dominated fields (ie entrepreneurship). By doing so, she seeks to develop and test solutions for greater equity, inclusion and career outcomes of traditionally disadvantaged groups.

Her research has been published in leading and Financial Times (FT) 50 journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Harvard Business Review. Her research has been recognised by many prestigious awards including the 2022 Runner-Up for Responsible Business Education for Academic Research with Impact by Financial Times.


Ivona consulted for the federal government of Canada on parental leave policies and the recruitment of women into the Canadian Armed Forces. She also served on the Board of Directors of Focus for Ethnic Women, a non-profit organisation that helps immigrant women to navigate and integrate into the Canadian workplace.

She regularly disseminates her work in major media outlets and delivers corporate talks, workshops, and webinars on topics surrounding EDI issues (eg women at work, stereotypes and biases, parental and family leaves, equity and diversity initiatives).


Ivona has taught both at an undergraduate and graduate (MBA and PhD) levels. She is also dedicated to mentoring and developing doctoral students. She leads a research lab consisting of highly talented graduate and undergraduate students dedicated to conducting work that will make our society more equal, diverse and inclusive. 

Lab website and social media

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GEDI research lab




Benevolent Sexism and the Gender Gap in Startup Evaluation(opens in new window)

  • Journal article
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • Nhu Nguyen,
  • Ivona Hideg,
  • Yuval Engel,
  • Frédéric Godart
  • Winny Shen,
  • Janice Lam,
  • Christianne T Varty,
  • Anja Krstic,
  • Ivona Hideg
  • Ivona Hideg,
  • Anja Krstic,
  • Deborah M Powell,
  • Yujie Zhan
  • Winny Shen,
  • Tanja Hentschel,
  • Ivona Hideg
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