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More Women on Boards: An International Perspective

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Editors: Lynne E. Devnew, Marlene Janzen Le Ber, Mariateresa Torchia, Ronald J. Burke (Information Age Publishing, 2018)

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More Women on Boards: An International Perspective is the seventh volume in the Women and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice book series. The purpose of this volume is to explore the complexity of issues related to increasing the number of women on boards of directors around the world: how these issues have been understood; how they have been more and less successfully addressed in different countries and industries; and how they are similar, and yet different, as a results of cultural and legal differences. In the Introduction and 18 chapters included in this book, 42 researchers, activists, and practitioners who were raised or work today in at least 17 countries on 6 continents seek to answer the questions: “Why have women on boards?” “Why is adding women to boards so challenging?” “What actions increase the number of women on boards?” and “What can we learn from situations where there are women board members?”

In seeking to answer these questions, the authors summarize previously existing research and share the results of their own recent qualitative and quantitative research studies conducted in many different countries. Both “fix the woman” and “fix the society” challenges and solutions are explored. Stories of women who have successfully joined and, in many cases, led boards of directors are shared. It is clear to us, and we believe will be clear to those who read this book, that there is no single program that will lead to gender equality on boards; however we believe that the authors in this volume provide a rich variety of research and well supported suggestions for addressing the challenges. When local cultures are considered and multiple suggestions implemented as appropriate, we are confident we will, together, increase the number of women on boards throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Lynne E. Devnew, Marlene Janzen Le Ber, Mariateresa Torchia, and Ronald J. Burke

  1. Do Women on Boards Create Value for the Organization? A Review of the Literature – Emmanuel Zenou
  2. The Business Utility Case for Women on Boards: Going Beyond the Surface – Morten Huse
  3. Group Level Androgyny: One Way for Boards of Directors to Navigate the Paradoxes in Complex Decision-Making? – Danielle Mercer, Catherine Loughlin, and Kara A. Arnold
  1. Mimetic Isomorphism of Board Gender Dversity in the World – Amalia Carrasco and Claude Francoeur
  2. Directors’ Discursive Resistance to Gender Board Quota: The Belgian Case – Hannelore Roos and Patrizia Zanoni
  3. Why Are There So Few Women on Boards? Voices From the Boardroom in the United States – Vasila Vasiliou and Susan M. Adams
  4. Chinese Women’s Representation on Corporate Boards of Directors and Institutional Interventions – Zhi Luan
  5. Women Board Directors: Africa on the Rise – Rosemary M. Muriungi
  1. Those Who Serve and those Who Aspire to Serve: Looking Back, Looking Ahead – Siri Terjesen, Heather Foust-Cummings, Laures Trombetta
  2. Women’s Pathway to The Boardroom: The Intermediary Role of Executive Search Firms –
  3. Tanja Reimer
  4. Preparing Women for Corporate Boards in the Biotechnology Industry – Lynn Johson Langer, Carolun Brougham, and dawn Hocevar
  5. Analysis of the Perceived Role and Value of Women’s Support Networks in Helping Women Gain on a Board Position – Ruth Sacks and Fatima Maatwk
  6. Nonprofit Board Membershio: Benefits for Women’s Career and Leadership Development –
  7. Wendy M. Murphy and Danna Greenberg
  8. Using Power and Influence to Create Gender Diverse Boardrooms: The Role of Public Policy – Vici W. Kramer and Seletha R. Butler
  1. When Women Lead: Cultivating Diversity From the Top – Malli Gero and Evelyn Garrity
  2. The Adaptive Gender: Female CEOs, Board Context, and the Completion of M&As in the U.S Food Industry – Gerwin van der Laan, Katrin Muehfeld, and Anna Salamons
  3. Women Directors’ Peceptions of Their Contributions on Boards: An Exploratory Study From India – Vasanthi Srinivasan and Rejie George
  4. Leadership in Governance: Women Board Chairs – Monique Cikaliuk, Ljljana Erakovic, Brad Jackson, Chris Noonam, and Susan Watson