BOARDEQUALITYProject reference: 303571
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Women in the Boardroom: Institutional and Organizational Approaches to Gender Equality
Total cost:EUR 100 000
EU contribution:EUR 100 000
Call for proposal:FP7-PEOPLE-2011-CIGSee other projects for this call
Funding scheme:MC-CIG - Support for training and career development of researcher (CIG)
"This project is a major study of women on corporate boards in Europe. It will answer 3 significant research questions:
1) How do different corporate governance institutions affect the number and role of women on corporate boards?
2) What is the link between the number of women on corporate boards and gender diversity at senior management levels?
3) What effect do affirmative action policies have on the number and role of women on corporate boards and on corporate reputation?
The project will address these research questions at 2 levels of analysis:
1) It will provide an international overview of developments in the number of women on corporate boards and senior management positions in Europe, North America and Australia as well as the introduction of measures such as mandatory or voluntary quotas, targets and guidelines to improve women’s representation across national contexts.
2) It will examine detailed comparative case studies of the United Kingdom, Norway and Germany. These 3 countries represent the different approaches that can be taken to augment the representation of women on boards. In the UK, Lord Davies’ recommendations represent a voluntary approach. In Norway, a quota mandating that 40% of board seats in listed firms are held by women represents a regulatory approach with clear instructions and sanctions. In Germany, the decision to introduce a flexible quota represents a middle way between entirely voluntary and regulatory approaches.
The results of this project will be valuable for both research and practice. Cross-national research in this field is rare, and cross-national studies combining quantitative and qualitative methods even more so. Understanding the impact of differences in corporate governance, the relation between women directors and women senior managers, and the effect of affirmative action policies across Europe contributes both to the creation of a more gender-equal society and to the formation of more effective corporate boards."
EU contribution: EUR 100 000
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