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Narratives of Diversity in the Corporate Boardroom: What Corporate Insiders Say About Why Diversity Matters


John M. Conley


University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law

Lissa L. Broome


University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law

Kimberly D. Krawiec


Duke University - School of Law

September 3, 2009

UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1415803

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Over the last generation, the concept of diversity has become commonplace and taken-for-granted in discourses ranging from law to education to business. In higher education, for example, it is hard to imagine a faculty job search or a student admissions discussion that was not heavily laden with talk of diversity, in the sense of the representative inclusion of women and racial and ethnic minorities in a group or organization. In this paper we present the results of an interview-based study of the discourse of diversity in a particular business setting: the corporate boardroom. Our principal observation is that - thirty-one years after the Supreme Court's Bakke decision introduced the term into public discourse - corporate insiders appear not to have arrived at a master narrative to explain the pursuit of diversity on boards of directors. Instead, their accounts stress a variety of factors and feature few concrete examples.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: diversity, race, gender, corporations, board of directors

JEL Classification: K, K22, K4

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Date posted: June 9, 2009 ; Last revised: September 3, 2009

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Conley, John M. and Broome, Lissa L. and Krawiec, Kimberly D., Narratives of Diversity in the Corporate Boardroom: What Corporate Insiders Say About Why Diversity Matters (September 3, 2009). UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1415803. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1415803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1415803

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John M. Conley
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law ( email )
Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, 160 Ridge Road
CB #3380
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
United States
919-962-8502 (Phone)
Lissa L. Broome
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law ( email )
Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, 160 Ridge Road
CB #3380
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
United States
919-962-7066 (Phone)
919-962-1277 (Fax)
Kimberly D. Krawiec (Contact Author)
Duke University - School of Law ( email )
Box 90360
Duke School of Law
Durham, NC 27708
United States
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