The Corporate Governance Case for Board Gender Diversity: Evidence from Delaware Cases

84 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2018 Last revised: 10 May 2018

Date Written: February 22, 2018

Abstract

Gender diversity on company boards is becoming an increasingly important issue. The theoretical bases for the desirability of gender diversity regulations can be understood under three categories i.e. social benefits; business benefits; and corporate governance benefits. Since corporate governance is the main task of the board of directors, the corporate governance case for board gender diversity needs to be developed further. This article tests the corporate governance benefits of board gender diversity by conducting a qualitative content analysis of Delaware cases. The observations from this study are then analysed against the quantitative and qualitative literature on the about the corporate governance benefits of board gender diversity. The findings suggest that gender diversity might help boards overcome some impediments to effective functioning in certain cases but also suggests other complementary solutions to make boards more effective. The article thus, builds the corporate governance case for board gender diversity, but also sets out its limits.

Keywords: Gender diversity, board diversity, corporate governance

Suggested Citation

Kamalnath, Akshaya, The Corporate Governance Case for Board Gender Diversity: Evidence from Delaware Cases (February 22, 2018). Albany Law Review, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3128272 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3128272

Akshaya Kamalnath (Contact Author)

AUT Law School, AUT Univrsity ( email )

120 Mayoral Drive
Auckland, Victoria 1010
New Zealand

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