Oxford Saïd established a new research fellowship to support more women on their journey to the top.
A new fellowship position at Saïd Business School will focus on female leadership, exploring how women reach the top of organisations and their leadership practices once they achieve positions of power.
The research project will also look at interventions that can accelerate women’s careers. As well as research, the fellow will support lectures and other teaching at the School.
The fellowship has been made possible by Jane Sun, CEO of Trip.com Group, Ms Sun is the only female CEO in China’s online travel industry and one of a very small number of female CEOs in the Chinese technology industry.
Dr. Joana Probert has been elected as the first Jane Jie Sun Career Development Fellow, and will commence her new role on 1st July 2020.
Dr Probert’s current research investigates how leaders and their behaviours and careers are shaped by social, cognitive and emotional factors, such as identity, power and gender. Her focus is on leaders towards and at the upper echelon of organisations, with an emphasis on female leaders.
Ms. Sun has been an advocate of gender equality in the workplace and encouraged female employees to take leadership roles in the company as a matter of priority.
In May, Ms Sun was invited to join the Vice Chancellor’s Circle of the University of Oxford. Coincidentally, 2020 also marks one hundred years since the University of Oxford allowed women to become eligible for admission as full members of the University and to take degrees.