The purpose of this paper is to survey chairmen's perceptions of female board representation in five Nordic countries, focussing on whether the chairman's perception of board work is related to gender diversity, and on differences between high- and low-risk firms.
The authors combine data from a questionnaire directed to the chairmen of the boards in Nordic listed companies with data on firm characteristics and board composition.
The authors find that the chairmen (97.5 percent male) are significantly less satisfied with female board members as compared to male ones. The authors also find that firms with nomination committees have more gender diverse boards, as well as indications of a more positively perceived contribution of female representation in high-risk firms.
The study is restricted to perceptions of chairmen for listed Nordic firms. The low response rate of 20.1 percent is a severe limitation.
The increasing practice of using nomination committees in the Nordic countries seems advantageous from gender balance perspective.
The authors contribute to the literature on gender diversity in boards by providing results from a board intern perspective.
The authors thank Nils Liljendahl, Kirsi Noro, Magnus Blomkvist, and Anna Björn for research assistance. Financial support from NASDAQ OMX Nordic Foundation and Academy of Finland is gratefully acknowledged.
Brunzell, T. and Liljeblom, E. (2014), "Chairmen's perceptions of female board representation: a study on Nordic listed companies", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 33 No. 6, pp. 523-534. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-11-2012-0107Download as .RIS
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