Research Handbook on Boards of Directors
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Research Handbook on Boards of Directors

Edited by Jonas Gabrielsson, Wafa Khlif and Sibel Yamak

Boards of directors are complex systems, and it is imperative to understand what the contextual forces are that shape the direction and make-up of boards. This Research Handbook provides inspiration for researchers and practitioners interested in the manifold dimensions and facets of context surrounding boards of directors.
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Chapter 14: The effect of the introduction of the gender quota regulation among public limited companies’ boards in Norway: taking stock, looking ahead

Eskil Sønju Le Bruyn Goldeng, Alessandra Rigolini and Patricia Gabaldon


In 2008, Norway was the first country to implement a regulation for gender balance on boards in public limited companies. Later several other countries have followed. In this chapter, we investigate the wider effects of the regulation in Norway, by inspecting other changes in the composition of board members in the period from 2006–2016. We mirror these changes by comparing the development in the public limited companies with other companies in Norway, and we find that the gender regulation led to more women on boards, but also to changes in age, nationalities, and multiple directorships among public limited companies. The institutional framework is argued to be important to understand the development and rate of these changes.

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