Women on Corporate Boards of Directors
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Women on Corporate Boards of Directors

International Research and Practice

Edited by Susan Vinnicombe, Val Singh, Ronald J. Burke, Diana Bilimoria and Morten Huse

This important new book addresses the growing international interest in women on corporate boards of directors.
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Directions for Future Research on Women on Corporate Boards of Directors

Diana Bilimoria


Diana Bilimoria This edited volume has revealed contemporary thoughts, research findings and international practices relevant to women on corporate boards of directors (WCBD). In this final chapter, I expand on these insights by offering an agenda for future research on WCBD. Interesting questions and possible research domains are provided to illustrate the kinds of research studies that still need to be undertaken to enhance extant knowledge and theory about WCBD. A plethora of recent empirical research on WCBD continues to study the participation, characteristics and effectiveness of women board members and their differences from male corporate directors (for example, Burke and Kurucz, 1998; Hillman et al., 2002; Huse and Solberg, 2006; Singh and Vinnicombe, 2003; Zelechowski and Bilimoria, 2004) and the country, organizational and board characteristics and practices impacting the representation and effective utilization of women board members (for example, Hillman et al., 2007; Singh et al., 2007; Terjesen and Singh, 2007; Zelechowski and Bilimoria, 2006). Theory-driven research is increasingly beginning to appear in the empirical literature, addressing the above areas as well as additional issues such as the board and organizational performance outcomes of WCBD. Disturbingly, however, despite decades of ongoing study, there has been little impact on corporate practice. The proportion of women serving as corporate directors of the largest, most visible corporations has remained relatively constant in recent years, with minor declines in the growth rate most recently. What will make the needle move significantly? What will motivate the men who predominate...

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