Women Directors' Roles on Corporate Boards: Insights from a Qualitative Study

28 Pages Posted: 5 May 2017

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Jasmin Joecks

University of Tuebingen - School of Business and Economics

Kerstin Pull

University of Tuebingen - School of Business and Economics

Katrin Scharfenkamp

University of Tübingen

Date Written: May 4, 2017

Abstract

Previous research on women directors mostly explores the link between women directors and firm performance. The potential mediators explaining this link are largely under-researched. In our exploratory paper, we investigate women directors’ roles in interviews with female and male board members. In the perception of board members, women directors widen the board’s perspectives as unique experts, they objectify discussions, and they act as mediators. By giving first indications on when and how women directors fulfil these roles, our study contributes to the literature on why women directors are sometimes found to enhance firm performance and sometimes they are not.

Keywords: board diversity, boardroom behaviors, boardroom collaboration, co-determination, employee representation, gender diversity, women representation, Germany

JEL Classification: J16, G30

Suggested Citation

Joecks, Jasmin and Pull, Kerstin and Scharfenkamp, Katrin, Women Directors' Roles on Corporate Boards: Insights from a Qualitative Study (May 4, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2962947 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2962947

Jasmin Joecks (Contact Author)

University of Tuebingen - School of Business and Economics ( email )

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Kerstin Pull

University of Tuebingen - School of Business and Economics ( email )

Nauklerstr. 47
Tuebingen, D-72074
Germany

Katrin Scharfenkamp

University of Tübingen ( email )

Geschwister Scholl Platz
Tübingen, 72070
Germany

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