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Accessing Board Positions: a comparison of female and male board members' views


  • Alison Sheridan * -super-1
  • Gina Milgate

    (New England Business School, University of New England, Armidale NSW Australia.)


In Australia, as in many Western industrialised countries, women accessing corporate board positions are still the exception to the rule. This paper reports research exploring men's and women's views on the factors crucial in attaining a board position. While both groups identified the importance of a strong track record, a good understanding of business principles and business contacts in gaining board positions, we found that women also highlighted the importance of high visibility and family contacts to account for their nomination to boards. It seems that women's competence has to be widely acknowledged in the public domain or through family connections before boards, or their nominating committees, will be prepared to "risk" having a woman on the board. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2005.

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  • Alison Sheridan * -super-1 & Gina Milgate, 2005. "Accessing Board Positions: a comparison of female and male board members' views," Corporate Governance: An International Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 13(6), pages 847-855, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:corgov:v:13:y:2005:i:6:p:847-855

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    1. Zenovia Cristiana Pop & Anca Borza & Ovidiu Niculae Bordea, 2015. "Analysing The Corporate Mindset On Women Board Membership," GUT FME Conference Publications,in: Katarzyna Stankiewicz (ed.), Contemporary Issues and Challenges in Human Resource Management, chapter 12, pages 133-141 Faculty of Management and Economics, Gdansk University of Technology.
    2. Parrotta, Pierpaolo & Smith, Nina, 2013. "Why So Few Women on Boards of Directors? Empirical Evidence from Danish Companies 1997-2007," IZA Discussion Papers 7678, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    4. repec:kap:jbuset:v:147:y:2018:i:2:d:10.1007_s10551-015-2974-9 is not listed on IDEAS

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