Women board directors: Characteristics of the few [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 37 (1):39 - 49 (2002)
Appointment as a director of a company board often represents the pinnacle of a management career. Worldwide, it has been noted that very few women are appointed to the boards of directors of companies. Blame for the low numbers of women of company boards can be partly attributed to the widely publicized "glass ceiling". However, the very low representation of women on company boards requires further examination. This article reviews the current state of women's representation on boards of directors and summarizes the reasons as to why women are needed on company boards. Given that more women on boards are desirable, the article then describes how more women could be appointed to boards, and the actions that organizations and women could take to help increase the representation of women. Finally, the characteristics of those women that have succeeded in becoming members of company boards are described from an international perspective. Unfortunately, answers to the vexing question of whether these women have gained board directorships in their own right as extremely competent managers, or whether they are mere token female appointments in a traditional male dominated culture, remains elusive.
|Keywords||Women Board Director characteristics|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Morten Huse, Sabina Tacheva Nielsen & Inger Marie Hagen (2009). Women and Employee-Elected Board Members, and Their Contributions to Board Control Tasks. Journal of Business Ethics 89 (4):581 - 597.
Elisabeth K. Kelan (2008). The Discursive Construction of Gender in Contemporary Management Literature. Journal of Business Ethics 81 (2):427 - 445.
Taïeb Hafsi & Gokhan Turgut (2013). Boardroom Diversity and its Effect on Social Performance: Conceptualization and Empirical Evidence. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 112 (3):463-479.
Jasmin Joecks, Kerstin Pull & Karin Vetter (2013). Gender Diversity in the Boardroom and Firm Performance: What Exactly Constitutes a “Critical Mass?”. Journal of Business Ethics 118 (1):61-72.
Ioanna Boulouta (2013). Hidden Connections: The Link Between Board Gender Diversity and Corporate Social Performance. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 113 (2):185-197.
Similar books and articles
Johanne Grosvold & Stephen Brammer (2008). Country Institutional Context as an Antecedent of Female Board Representation. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 19:395-408.
Robert J. Williams (2003). Women on Corporate Boards of Directors and Their Influence on Corporate Philanthropy. Journal of Business Ethics 42 (1):1 - 10.
Craig A. Peterson & James Philpot (2007). Women's Roles on U.S. Fortune 500 Boards: Director Expertise and Committee Memberships. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 72 (2):177 - 196.
Siri Terjesen & Val Singh (2008). Female Presence on Corporate Boards: A Multi-Country Study of Environmental Context. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 83 (1):55 - 63.
Ruth Mateos de Cabo, Ricardo Gimeno & María J. Nieto (2012). Gender Diversity on European Banks' Boards of Directors. Journal of Business Ethics 109 (2):145-162.
Deborah E. Arfken, Stephanie L. Bellar & Marilyn M. Helms (2004). The Ultimate Glass Ceiling Revisited: The Presence of Women on Corporate Boards. Journal of Business Ethics 50 (2):177-186.
Mariateresa Torchia, Andrea Calabrò & Morten Huse (2011). Women Directors on Corporate Boards: From Tokenism to Critical Mass. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 102 (2):299-317.
Dan R. Dalton (2003). Are Director Equity Policies Exclusionary? Business Ethics Quarterly 13 (4):415-432.
Ronald J. Burke (1997). Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: A Needed Resource. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 16 (9):909-915.
Paul Dunn & Barbara Sainty (2005). The Changing Composition of Canadian Boards of Directors. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 16:230-233.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads52 ( #34,935 of 1,140,334 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #60,710 of 1,140,334 )
How can I increase my downloads?