The paper explores the notion that discrimination against women on their path to board positions is one of the leading causes of gender homogeneity in boards. Such discrimination also perpetuates homogeneity in lower hierarchies in organisations. The paper is based on a study conducted in the UK, involving interviews of thirty-six Executive and Non-Executive Directors, of both genders. It makes an incremental but significant contribution towards the application of Social Identity Theory by extending its application to boards. The paper makes an original contribution to corporate praxis by presenting the experiences of board Directors on the contentious subject of discrimination (with potential legal ramifications) and suggesting measures to curb it. The paper may assist the framing of more effective policy for the prevention of gender-based discrimination, more corporate transparency, and fairer board nominations.
|Publication status||Published - 5 Sep 2017|
|Event||British Academy of Management Conference 2017: Re-connecting Management Research with the Disciplines: Shaping the Research with the Social Sciences - Warwick Business School, Coventry, United Kingdom|
Duration: 5 Sep 2017 → 7 Sep 2017
Conference number: 31
|Conference||British Academy of Management Conference 2017|
|Period||5/09/17 → 7/09/17|
- Board Diversity
- Gender Diversity
- FTSE Boards
Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., & Kakabadse, A. (2017). Discrimination against women on their path to directorships and the lack of gender diversity on UK Boards. Paper presented at British Academy of Management Conference 2017, Coventry, United Kingdom.