A multidisciplinary review of the director selection literature

Michael C. Withers, Amy Hillman, Albert A. Cannella

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Director selection is a critical board process and outcome that influences the board and its overall performance. Because of this influence, research from a variety of different disciplinary areas examines the antecedents and outcomes of director selection. The authors offer a synthesis of this literature from these different disciplines. The authors first delineate the process that drives the selection of an individual to a board. They then review and categorize the director selection literature into two distinct perspectives-a rational economic perspective focused on the organization-level benefits driving the selection decision and a socialized perspective emphasizing the social processes that influence the director selection process. Finally, from their review, the authors suggest promising areas of future research regarding director selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-277
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • board composition
  • boards of directors
  • director selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management


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