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Gender diversity and board performance: women's experiences and perspectives

Kakabadse, N. K. ORCID:, Figueira, C., Nicolopoulou, K., Yang, J. H., Kakabadse, A. P. and Ozbilgin, M. F. (2015) Gender diversity and board performance: women's experiences and perspectives. Human Resource Management, 54 (2). pp. 265-281. ISSN 1099-050X

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Despite considerable progress that organizations have made during the past 20 years to increase the representation of women at board level, they still hold few board seats. Drawing on a qualitative study involving 30 companies with women directors in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Ghana, we investigate how the relationship between gender in the boardroom and corporate governance operates. The fi ndings indicate that the presence of a minority of women on the board has an insignifi cant effect on board performance. Yet the chairperson’s role is vital in leading the change for recruiting and evaluating candidates and their commitment to the board with diversity and governance in mind. Our study also sheds light on the multifaceted reasons why women directors appear to be resisting the discourse of gender quotas.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Marketing and Reputation
ID Code:47554
Uncontrolled Keywords:board diversity, women representation, board performance, corporate governance, boardroom behaviors

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