Corporate Governance and Gender Diversity in Nigerian Boardrooms
World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Vol. 71, p. 1853, 2012
7 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2013
Date Written: September 30, 2012
In recent times, corporations are increasingly under pressure to ensure diversity within their boardrooms and a large number of academic research have reported findings consistent with the view that boards perform better when they include a diverse range of people. Women have unique characteristics needed to positively influence the strategic direction of a corporation and contribute to the growth of firms. In spite of such revelations, evidence suggests that women are under-represented in senior executive and board positions. In many parts of Africa, socio-cultural traditions inhibit women from attaining these roles. Given the emphasis placed on board diversity and inclusion of women as an essential part of good corporate governance, the relationship between gender diversity and board effectiveness deserves both theoretical and empirical investigation. This research is important because it represents the first theoretical review on gender diversity in corporate boards in Nigeria.
Keywords: Boards, Corporate Governance, Gender Diversity
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