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Achieving gender balance on British boards with the soft-law approach: directors’ perspective

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N. and Kakabadse, A. (2018) Achieving gender balance on British boards with the soft-law approach: directors’ perspective. Journal of Business Diversity, 18 (1). pp. 29-39. ISSN 2158-3889

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Abstract/Summary

A soft-law approach is followed in the UK for improving gender diversity on boards. This paper explores the causes and solutions of gender homogeneity on British boards by interviewing thirty-three board members of FTSE 350 companies. Results suggest that British boards are homogeneous due to discrimination against women, a lack of confidence among women and a lack of objectivity in nomination processes. While current soft-law approach is the best-suited strategy due to established institutional processes, there is an increasing demand for more intrusive statutory action if the current approach fails to achieve gender parity, soon enough. The paper contributes to Institutional theory, public policy and corporate praxis.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Marketing and Reputation
ID Code:75856
Publisher:North American Business Press

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