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Characteristics of Women and Men Corporate Inside Directors in the US

6 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2004  

Deborah Dahlen Zelechowski

Robert Morris College

Diana Bilimoria

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Organizational Behavior

Abstract

This study examines the qualifications of women and men corporate inside directors of Fortune 1000 firms. Our results indicate that women insiders differ significantly from a random set of men insiders on several characteristics relevant to their dual positions as directors and officers of the corporation. While they do not differ on the experience-based qualifications of board tenure or corporate tenure, women insiders hold fewer directorships of other corporations, hold less powerful corporate titles, occupy disproportionately more staff functions, are less likely to be top earners of the corporation, and earn considerably less than men inside directors. Implications are drawn for women executives' under utilisation in the executive suite and corporate governance.

Keywords: Women, corporate directors, inside directors, gender, director characteristics

Suggested Citation

Zelechowski, Deborah Dahlen and Bilimoria, Diana, Characteristics of Women and Men Corporate Inside Directors in the US. Corporate Governance: An International Review, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 337-342, July 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=557315

Deborah Dahlen Zelechowski (Contact Author)

Robert Morris College ( email )

Chicago, IL
United States

Diana Bilimoria

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Organizational Behavior ( email )

10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States

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