University of St.Gallen
research platform alexandria
search publications
browse publications
by person
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 
by year

New diversity at corporate boards

fulltext etc. no fulltext attached
abstract This paper sheds some light on new diversity entering modern corporate boards by scrutinising its antecedents and interactions with other aspects of board composition such as more traditional demographic forms of diversity and directors’ independence. In a sample of 210 Swiss publicly listed firms over a period of three years (2001-2003) we analyse firm and board level antecedents of board nationality and gender diversity. Further, we look closely at the characteristics of all 1678 directors in the year 2003 in order to investigate how board members nationality and gender interact with directors’ level of independence, number of other directorships and demographic characteristics. Our results suggest that whereas foreign directors tend to be more independent, women directors are more likely to be affiliated to firm management through family ties and that foreign directors hold significantly lower number of directorships at other Swiss boards. Diverse directors also differ in terms of educational background, educational level, age and board tenure. We conclude that to manage new diversity at corporate boards it is important to understand the characteristics, qualifications and affiliations that diverse directors bring to the boardroom.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords board composition; nationality diversity; gender diversity; directors’ characteristics
   
name of conference European Academy of Management (Munich, Germany)
date of conference 6-5-2005
review double-blind review
   
citation Ruigrok, W., Peck, S., & Tacheva, S. (2005). New diversity at corporate boards. In .