Chairmens' Perceptions of Female Board Representation: A Study of Nordic Listed Companies

Tor Brunzell, Eva Liljeblom

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Abstract

´Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to survey chairmen’s perceptions of female board representation in five Nordic countries, focusing on whether the chairman’s perception of board work is related to gender diversity, and on differences between high- and low-risk firms.
Design/methodology/approach – The authors combine data from a questionnaire directed to the chairmen of the boards in Nordic listed companieswith data on firmcharacteristics and board composition.
Findings – The authors find that the chairmen (97.5 percent male) are significantly less satisfied with female board members as compared to male ones. The authors also find that firms with nomination
committees have more gender diverse boards, as well as indications of a more positively perceived contribution of female representation in high-risk firms.
Research limitations/implications – The study is restricted to perceptions of chairmen for listed Nordic firms. The low response rate of 20.1 percent is a severe limitation.
Practical implications – The increasing practice of using nomination committees in the Nordic countries seems advantageous from gender balance perspective.
Originality/value – The authors contribute to the literature on gender diversity in boards by providing
results from a board intern perspective.
Keywords Diversity, Board of directors, Board effectiveness, Gender minority
Paper type Research paper
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalEquality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal
Volume33
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)523-534
Number of pages12
ISSN2040-7149
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 08.2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • Diversity, Board of directors, Board effectiveness, Gender minority
  • KOTA2014

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