Gender Faultline Strength on Boards of Directors and Strategic Change: The Role of Environmental Conditions

Group & Organization Management, 46(3): 564-601

38 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2021 Last revised: 1 Jun 2022

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Jie Wu

Chair Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Associate Editor, Asian Business & Management ; Area Editor, Technovation

Mar ́ıa del Carmen Triana

Vanderbilt University

Orlando C. Richard

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Luman Yu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 25, 2021

Abstract

Drawing on the notion of“fault lines” and the upper echelons perspective, we argue that the gender fault line strength of a board of directors is negatively related to strategic change. More interestingly, while gender fault line strength negatively relates to strategic change under low levels of environmental complexity, environmental dynamism, and environmental munificence, it is positively related to strategic change when environmental complexity, environmental dynamism, and environmental munificence are at high levels. The analysis of panel data of 5781firm-year observations of 1171 Chinesefirmsprovide support for the hypotheses.

Keywords: board of directors, demographic fault lines, gender fault line strength, strategic change, upper echelons

Suggested Citation

Wu, Jie and Triana, Mar ́ıa del Carmen and Richard, Orlando C. and Yu, Luman, Gender Faultline Strength on Boards of Directors and Strategic Change: The Role of Environmental Conditions (September 25, 2021). Group & Organization Management, 46(3): 564-601, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3930601 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3930601

Jie Wu (Contact Author)

Chair Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship ( email )

United Kingdom

Associate Editor, Asian Business & Management ( email )

Area Editor, Technovation ( email )

Mar ́ıa del Carmen Triana

Vanderbilt University ( email )

2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240
United States

Orlando C. Richard

University of Massachusetts Amherst ( email )

Department of Operations and Information Managemen
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

Luman Yu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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