Understanding the World of Work

Research drives all that we do at Catalyst. Whether it’s measuring or diagnosing talent management gaps or identifying the best strategies that organizations and individual business leaders can use to access and leverage the best talent, Catalyst relies on fact-based, scientific methods—including longitudinal panels and large-scale field studies—to find the answers. It’s why Catalyst is the most-trusted resource for knowledge on gender, leadership, and inclusive talent management in the business. 

Catalyst research examines today's work environments and employees' experiences within them, and by doing so reveals gaps in women's and men's experiences at work. We document the representation of women in companies' leadership and explore the barriers and root causes of gender gaps. Through a combination of research and practical implementation, and often in partnership with others, we identify and provide solutions to overcoming these barriers and creating equitable workplaces in which all talent can thrive. 

Catalyst organizes and conducts this research within four Research Centers. 

  • Corporate Practice: Showcase how organizations can close gender gaps and mitigate barriers within the workplace.
  • Equity in Business Leadership: Understand the context of what we are evaluating and the representation of society within the workplace.
  • Advancing Leader Effectiveness: Identify how individual leaders can close gaps and mitigate barriers within the workplace. 
  • Career Pathways: Unpack why certain barriers to equality in workplaces around the world remain.

Learn more about each of the Catalyst Research Centers and visit our Knowledge Center to start making change at your organization. Also, download the Catalyst App and access all this expertise directly from your mobile device.