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Newly appointed directors in the boardroom:: How do women and men differ

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  • Singh, Val
  • Terjesen, Siri
  • Vinnicombe, Susan

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Summary This paper investigates the human capital profile of new appointees to corporate boards, exploring gender differences in education, profile and career experiences. Findings from a study of UK boards reveal that women are significantly more likely to bring international diversity to their boards and to possess an MBA degree. New male directors are significantly more likely to have corporate board experience, including CEO/COO roles, while new female appointees are significantly more likely to have experience as directors on boards of smaller firms. Our evidence contradicts the view reported by some chairmen that women lack adequate human capital for boardroom positions.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Management Journal.

Volume (Year): 26 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 48-58

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eurman:v:26:y:2008:i:1:p:48-58

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Keywords: Careers Corporate boards Corporate governance Diversity Female directors FTSE 100 Gender Glass ceiling Human capital Top management teams;

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Cited by:
  1. Ioanna Boulouta, 2013. "Hidden Connections: The Link Between Board Gender Diversity and Corporate Social Performance," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 113(2), pages 185-197, March.
  2. Aila Virtanen, 2012. "Women on the boards of listed companies: Evidence from Finland," Journal of Management and Governance, Springer, vol. 16(4), pages 571-593, November.
  3. Mehdi Nekhili & Hayette Gatfaoui, 2013. "Are Demographic Attributes and Firm Characteristics Drivers of Gender Diversity? Investigating Women’s Positions on French Boards of Directors," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 118(2), pages 227-249, December.
  4. Kevin Campbell & Antonio Minguez Vera, 2010. "Female board appointments and firm valuation: short and long-term effects," Journal of Management and Governance, Springer, vol. 14(1), pages 37-59, February.
  5. Aagoth Storvik, 2011. "Women on Boards – Experience from the Norwegian Quota Reform," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 9(1), pages 34-41, 05.
  6. Mingzhu Wang & Elisabeth Kelan, 2013. "The Gender Quota and Female Leadership: Effects of the Norwegian Gender Quota on Board Chairs and CEOs," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 117(3), pages 449-466, October.
  7. Stephen Bear & Noushi Rahman & Corinne Post, 2010. "The Impact of Board Diversity and Gender Composition on Corporate Social Responsibility and Firm Reputation," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 97(2), pages 207-221, December.
  8. O'Reilly, Charles A., III & Main, Brian G. M., 2012. "Women in the Boardroom: Symbols or Substance?," Research Papers 2098, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
  9. Wafa Hili & Habib Affes, 2013. "Diversite En Genre Dans Les Conseils D'Administration Et Persistance Des Benefices Comptables : Investigation Empirique Dans Le Contexte Franҫais," Post-Print hal-00991930, HAL.
  10. Paul Dunn, 2012. "Breaking the boardroom gender barrier: the human capital of female corporate directors," Journal of Management and Governance, Springer, vol. 16(4), pages 557-570, November.
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  12. Magda Bianco & Angela Ciavarella & Rossella Signoretti, 2013. "Women on corporate boards in Italy," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 174, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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