A Difficult Conversation: Corporate Directors on Race and Gender

10 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2014 Last revised: 26 Dec 2014

See all articles by Kimberly D. Krawiec

Kimberly D. Krawiec

Duke University School of Law

John M. Conley

University of North Carolina School of Law

Lissa L. Broome

University of North Carolina School of Law

Date Written: March 29, 2014

Abstract

This symposium essay summarizes our ongoing ethnographic research on corporate board diversity, discussing the central tension in our respondents’ views – their overwhelmingly enthusiastic support of board diversity coupled with an inability to articulate coherent accounts of board diversity benefits that might rationalize that enthusiasm. As their reactions make clear, frank dialogue about race and gender – even a seemingly benign discussion of diversity’s benefits – can be a difficult conversation.

Keywords: corporate boards, board diversity, race, gender, directors, corporations

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K20, K22

Suggested Citation

Krawiec, Kimberly D. and Conley, John M. and Broome, Lissa L., A Difficult Conversation: Corporate Directors on Race and Gender (March 29, 2014). Pace International Law Review (Forthcoming); USC CLASS Research Papers Series No. CLASS14-11; USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 14-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2406503

Kimberly D. Krawiec (Contact Author)

Duke University School of Law ( email )

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John M. Conley

University of North Carolina School of Law ( email )

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Lissa L. Broome

University of North Carolina 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)

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