Schöller-Digital Researchers Present at the Academy of Management Conference 2023 in Boston

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Researchers from FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, including Jessica Ochmann, Leonard Michels, and Sven Laumer made a significant contribution to the Academy of Management (AOM) conference held in Boston this year, focusing on the pivotal issue of the underrepresentation of women in management.
Their research paper delved into an innovative solution to promote gender equality within management roles, employing algorithms as a promising tool to ensure balanced gender ratios. The case study they conducted provided evidence that properly designed algorithms could effectively eliminate gender discrimination, aligning with the overarching goal of gender parity.
Building upon existing research in the field of women in IT, the Schöller-Digital team concentrated on exploring perceptions related to AI-based applications geared toward achieving equilibrium in management staffing. Their experiment involved collaboration with HR experts from a multinational science and technology company, leading to groundbreaking discoveries regarding the increase of fairness perceptions surrounding women in leadership.
In addition to identifying how maximization perceptions influence fairness, they delved into how perceptions are influenced by the disclosure of an algorithmic versus human decision-maker’s underlying maximization strategy. Their findings showed that these perceptions are contingent on the communication of either purpose or process explanations.
The conference provided an invaluable platform for intellectual exchange and collaboration. The researchers from FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg were grateful for the opportunity to present their paper and engage in enlightening discussions, extending their appreciation to their co-authors, participants, and the conference organizers.