Profiling the pioneers: women directors on New Zealand’s corporate boards

Karl Pajo (Department of Human Resource Management, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Judy McGregor (JDepartment of Human Resource Management, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Jacqui Cleland (Department of Human Resource Management, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand)

Women in Management Review

ISSN: 0964-9425

Publication date: 1 August 1997

Abstract

While the absence of female directors on corporate boards in New Zealand is controversial, little is known about the first wave of women in boardrooms in the private sector. This benchmark study, a questionnaire survey, provides the first demographic data about females in the boardrooms of the top 200 companies. The findings show that only 4.4 per cent of directors of major companies in New Zealand are female. Analyses the relevant skill base for directorship, the barriers to recruitment and male cronyism as a factor in the gender imbalance. The findings show that a high public profile is important for women wanting to open the boardroom door. Suggests that agencies which target potential directors apply conservative criteria which discriminate against the qualified but untested female candidate.

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Pajo, K., McGregor, J. and Cleland, J. (1997), "Profiling the pioneers: women directors on New Zealand’s corporate boards", Women in Management Review, Vol. 12 No. 5, pp. 174-181. https://doi.org/10.1108/09649429710182341

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