Gender diversity and family firm governance: Towards a research agenda

Mary Barrett, Ken Moores

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Diversity has recently become an important topic in the context of corporate governance, particularly in view of the low percentage of women represented on company boards. While evidence is emerging suggesting that gender diversity on boards is associated with increased organizational financial performance, it is not clear that this is a causal link. We outline various theoretical lenses relevant to the area of corporate governance to distil recurring themes pertinent to potential predictors of women’s board membership in privately-held firms. We summarize as research propositions the special characteristics and circumstances of family controlled businesses (FCBs) and how their governance models are likely to affect female board membership, especially in terms of whether they make the board more conducive to female participation than in more widely held corporations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Family Business Australia 2011 Research & Education Symposium
EditorsD Caspersz, J Thomas
PublisherFamily Business Australia
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventFBA Family Business Research & Education Symposium - Hyatt Hotel, Perth, WA, Australia
Duration: 31 Aug 201131 Aug 2011


ConferenceFBA Family Business Research & Education Symposium
CityPerth, WA
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