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Der Beitrag der Arbeitnehmervertreter zur fachlichen und geschlechtlichen Diversitaet von Aufsichtsraeten: Erkenntnisse einer qualitativ-explorativen Analyse (Worker directors and supervisory board diversity: Results from a qualitative explorative analysis)

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  • Duran, Mihael
  • Pull, Kerstin

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Die Rolle der Arbeitnehmervertreter im Aufsichtsrat wurde vielfach untersucht, sowohl theoretisch als auch empirisch. Studien zu den Effekten der Unternehmensmitbestimmung betrachten die Arbeitnehmervertreter im Aufsichtsrat dabei haeufig als „homogene Bank“ und ruecken deren Rolle als Sachwalter der Arbeitnehmerinteressen in den Mittelpunkt. In unserer Studie hingegen fokussieren wir auf die diversitaetserhoehende Funktion der Arbeitnehmervertreter und werfen damit ein neues Schlaglicht auf die Aufsichtsratsmitbestimmung. Basis unserer auf die Perspektive der Betroffenen ausgerichteten qualitativ-explorativen Untersuchung sind dreizehn leitfadengestuetzte Interviews. Unsere Ergebnisse stuetzen die Einschaetzung, dass Arbeitnehmervertreter in Aufsichtsraeten die im Aufsichtsrat vertretenen Perspektiven erweitern und die Aufsichtsratsarbeit bereichern koennen, indem sie (a) die Wissensbasis im Aufsichtsrat verbreitern und (b) die geschlechtliche Diversitaet von Aufsichtsraeten erhoehen. (The role of worker directors on German supervisory boards has repeatedly been studied, both theoretically and empirically. However, studies that analyze the effects of codetermination on supervisory boards often regard employee representatives as a “homogeneous bench” and focus on their role as intermediaries between employee and owner interests. In our study, we focus on the contribution of employee representatives to board diversity, and hence shed new light on the effects of supervisory board codetermination. In our qualitative explorative study, based on thirteen semi-structured interviews, we take the perspective of the parties involved. The results of our study support the view that employee representatives on supervisory boards can fruitfully enhance board diversity and widen their perspectives by (a) increasing the knowledge resources of the board and by (b) making boards more gender balanced.)

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  • Duran, Mihael & Pull, Kerstin, 2014. "Der Beitrag der Arbeitnehmervertreter zur fachlichen und geschlechtlichen Diversitaet von Aufsichtsraeten: Erkenntnisse einer qualitativ-explorativen Analyse (Worker directors and supervisory board di," Industrielle Beziehungen - Zeitschrift fuer Arbeit, Organisation und Management - The German Journal of Industrial Relations, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 21(4), pages 329-351.
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    Keywords

    co-determination; diversity; supervisory boards;

    JEL classification:

    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility

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