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CEO gender, institutional context and firm exports

Audretsch, D. B., Belitski, M., Chowdhury, F. and Desai, S. (2022) CEO gender, institutional context and firm exports. International Business Review, 31 (5). 102008. ISSN 0969-5931

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To what extent does the gender of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) matter in the relationship between home country corruption and firm exports? Drawing on post-structural feminist and institutional theories, we employ self-reported micro-level and cross-country data from 4714 firms in 75 countries during 2008-2015 to examine how differences in institutional contexts affect firms exports in men- and women-led firms. We find that pervasive and arbitrary corruption types have different effects on firm exports, and that female CEOs mitigate the effects of corruption in two distinct ways. Our results contribute to institutional and post-structural feminist literature, and are robust when controlling for economic development and the quality of gender institutional characteristics. Our study suggests that female CEOs in developing and emerging economies will be less vulnerable to predictably-corrupt institutions than to uncertain institutions.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:104417


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