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Dangerous Categories: Narratives of Corporate Board Diversity


Lissa L. Broome


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

John M. Conley


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

Kimberly D. Krawiec


Duke University - School of Law

February 25, 2011

89 North Carolina Law Review 759-808 (2011)

Abstract:     
In this article, we report the results of a series of interviews with corporate directors about racial, ethnic, and gender diversity on corporate boards. On the one hand, our respondents were clear and nearly uniform in their statements that board diversity was an important goal worth pursuing. Yet when asked to provide examples or anecdotes illustrating why board diversity matters, many subjects acknowledged difficulty in illustrating theory with reference to practice.

This expressed reluctance to come to specific terms with general claims about the value of director diversity inspired our title phrase: dangerous categories. That is, while "diversity" evokes universal acclaim in the abstract, our respondents’ narratives demonstrate that it is an elusive and even dangerous subject to talk about concretely. So we are left with narratives that simultaneously extol difference and express embarrassment with it.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 50

Keywords: Corporate Boards, Corporate Governance, Race, Gender, Diversity

JEL Classification: K00, K22

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Date posted: September 20, 2010 ; Last revised: January 21, 2014

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Broome, Lissa L. and Conley, John M. and Krawiec, Kimberly D., Dangerous Categories: Narratives of Corporate Board Diversity (February 25, 2011). 89 North Carolina Law Review 759-808 (2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1679775

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Lissa L. Broome
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law ( email )
Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, 160 Ridge Road
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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
United States
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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)
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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