Ongoing gender disparity in corporations: Research on career and life trajectories of executive board members in large Swiss corporations PhD project by Liv Nelson Few women can be found in leadership positions globally, and yet fewer on executive boards, even in a highly developed country like Switzerland. My research poses the question: why are there still so few women making it into top management (C-level) positions despite Anglo-western scholarly research extensively having covered various barriers women face in the workplace over the past decades? Data was collected using in-depth, semi-structured interviews, mainly face-to-face (70%; 30% via telephone), with 20 executive board members (10 females and 10 males) working for predominantly large Swiss Market Index listed corporations. The interviews covering the career and life trajectories of the executives were conducted in the native language of executives (65% in Swiss-German, 25% in German, and 10% in English). Respondents worked in diverse functions on the executive boards and represented some of the largest firms and sectors of the Swiss economy. Executive board members (as opposed to CEOs) were interviewed due to there being no female CEOs running any of the largest Swiss firms at the time of this study. Due to having an educational background from specific business and military schools, which have a tradition to prepare their members for executive careers, as well as my shared gender and relevant work / social experience to the group I am studying, I am at least partially an insider researcher. Instead of seeing subjectivity as a hindrance and something one must work to avoid as a researcher, I follow those people before me who see subjectivity as an asset for deep understanding. Aiming to reach an unusual level of depth of analysis, I employ a research design, which is rooted in feminist scholarly tradition. My philosophical paradigm is one following a relativist ontology and constructivist epistemology. I analyze my data using reflexive thematic analysis by Braun and Clarke (2006; 2019; 2022), a method originating from the discipline of psychology. References Braun, V. & Clarke, V. (2006). Using thematic analysis in psychology. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3(2), 77-101. Braun, V. & Clarke, V. (2019). Reflecting on reflexive thematic analysis. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 11(4), 589-597. Braun, V. & Clarke, V. (2022). Conceptual and design thinking for thematic analysis. Qualitative Psychology, 9(1), 3-26. Braun, V. & Clarke, V. (2022). Thematic analysis: A practical guide. London: SAGE.