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Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: A Needed Resource

Ronald J. Burke
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 16, No. 9, Women in Corporate Management (Jun., 1997), pp. 909-915
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25072958
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Abstract

This research reports the results of a study of women serving on boards of directors of Canadian private and public sector organizations. These women (N = 278) were an impressive and talented group (education, professional designations). In addition, they brought a variety of backgrounds and expertise to their director responsibilities. Most were nominated as a result of recommendations from current board members, CEOs, or someone who knew board members or CEOs. Thus personal relationships (the old boy's network) as well as track records and appropriate expertise were important factors in board nominations. Women directors thought they had some influence on women's issues with their boards and board companies. A majority believed that board members should be more diverse, including more women and fewer male CEOs. However they indicated several barriers faced by women in being selected and nominated for board appointments.

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