African-American Diversity in the Boardrooms of the US Fortune 500: Director Presence, Expertise and Committee Membership
Craig A. Peterson
Western Michigan University
Missouri State University - College of Business Administration
K. C. O'Shaughnessy
Western Michigan University - Haworth College of Business
Corporate Governance: An International Review, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 558-575, July 2007
This study examines participation of African-Americans on the boards and board committees of the US Fortune 500. Prior work suggests the use of committee assignment to discern active versus figurehead involvement on boards. We use a logistic regression model that controls for director traits, firm characteristics and director resource-dependence roles to compare the odds that a black director will be assigned to key committees to those for a white director. We find that black directors are more (less) likely than whites to sit on audit and public affairs (executive) committees. Black female directors are more likely than both white females and black males to serve on finance committees. Thus there is some evidence that race plays a role in determining assignment to corporate board committees.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 8, 2007
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