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BOARDEQUALITY project

Women in the Boardroom: Institutional and Organizational Approaches to Gender Equality
Dr. Anja Kirsch, Elgen Sauerborn, M.A.

Project objectives

The key objective of the BOARDEQUALITY project is to develop a better understanding of women’s access and contribution to corporate boards, drawing on institutional and organizational theories. The project combines quantitative and qualitative research designs.

The project consists of three parts.

Part I: By means of a systematic literature review, we develop a detailed research agenda that will allow us to generate new knowledge on the antecedents and effects of board gender composition.

Part II: In a case study of women and men on supervisory boards of German listed companies, we examine women’s and men’s access to boards over time. We investigate the professional roles of supervisory board members and how these change as women’s presence on boards increases. We examine the relationship between women’s presence on boards and gender equality within companies.

Part III: We examine the relationship between the representation of women on boards and the existence of diversity policies in firms.

Results

  • Interim results of our research have been presented at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Conference, Milan, Italy, in June 2013; German Industrial Relations Association (GIRA) Annual Conference, Erlangen, in October 2013; Wissenschaftliche Kommission Organisation (WK Org) Workshop, Jena, in February 2014; Gender, Work & Organisation (GWO) Conference, Keele University UK, in June 2014; Women on boards workshop, University Witten/Herdecke, in November 2015; Hans Böckler Stiftung /WZB conference “What does co-determination do: what can we learn from research?” in May 2016; the Hans Böckler Stiftung / Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen workshop “Frauen in Führungs- und Kontrollgremien” in October 2016; the “economy, feminism and science (efas)” Conference at HTW Berlin in December 2016; the HEC Paris Inequality in Organizations and Society Research Conference in May 2017; the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Conference, Lyon, France, in June 2017, and Wissenschaftliche Kommission Organisation (WK Org) Workshop, Hamburg, in February 2018.

Social-Economic Review
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics
Organized Creativity