Organizational predictors of women on corporate boards

Amy Hillman, Christine Shropshire, Albert A. Cannella

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Women are increasing in number among corporations' boards of directors, yet their representation is far from uniform across firms. In this study, we adopted a resource dependence theory lens to identify organizational predictors of women on boards. We tested our hypotheses using panel data from the 1,000 U.S. firms that were largest in terms of sales between 1990 and 2003. We found that organizational size, industry type, firm diversification strategy, and network effects (linkages to other boards with women directors) significantly impact the likelihood of female representation on boards of directors. Copyright of the Academy of Management, all rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)941-952
Number of pages12
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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