Women directors' contribution to board decision-making and strategic involvement: The role of equality perception

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  • Sabina Nielsen,

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    1. Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark and University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
      Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Porcelanshaven 24a, Frederiksberg 2000, Denmark. Tel: +4538152524; Fax: +4538152400; E-mail: sta.int@cbs.dk
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  • Morten Huse

    1. BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway and Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy
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Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Porcelanshaven 24a, Frederiksberg 2000, Denmark. Tel: +4538152524; Fax: +4538152400; E-mail: sta.int@cbs.dk

Abstract

Abstract In times of vivid debates about the role of women on corporate boards, this article investigates the contribution of women directors to board decision-making and strategic involvement. Based on survey data from multiple respondents in 120 Norwegian firms, we find that women directors influence board strategic involvement through their contribution to board decision-making, which in turn depends on women directors' professional experiences and the different values they bring along. Drawing upon stereotype threat theory, we further find that perception of women as unequal board members may limit their potential contribution to board decision-making.

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