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Female presence on corporate boards : a multi-country study of environmental context

Terjesen, Siri A. & Singh, Val (2008) Female presence on corporate boards : a multi-country study of environmental context. Journal of Business Ethics, 83(1), pp. 55-63.

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Abstract

A growing body of ethics research investigates gender diversity and governance on corporate boards, at individual and firm levels, in single country studies. In this study, we explore the environmental context of female representation on corporate boards of directors, using data from forty-three countries. We suggest that women's representation on corporate boards may be shaped by the larger environment, including the social, political and economic structures of individual countries. We use logit regression to conduct our analysis. Our results indicate that countries with higher representation of women on boards are more likely to have women in senior management and more equal ratios of male to female pay. However, we find that countries with a longer tradition of women's political representation are less likely to have high levels of female board representation.

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ID Code: 6803
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Corporate Boards, Environmental Context, Female Directors, Gender, Multi, country, Pay Gap, Political Representation
DOI: 10.1007/s10551-007-9656-1
ISSN: 1573-0697
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2013 10:00

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