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Board diversity: should we trust research to inform policy?

Ferreira, Daniel (2015) Board diversity: should we trust research to inform policy? Corporate Governance: an International Review, 23 (2). pp. 108-111. ISSN 1467-8683

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Identification Number: 10.1111/corg.12092


Research on board diversity has received much attention recently. This is a natural consequence of the fact that female representation on corporate boards has risen to the top of policy agendas. It is, however, far from obvious whether and how such research is useful for policy discussions. This is our own fault. We, the researchers, often do not explain what we are trying to achieve. We are not always clear about the limitations of our work, and we often tolerate misinterpretation of our work by policymakers and the media. In this short piece, I summarize what we have learned from the board diversity literature, and what is useful (and not useful) for policy debates and design. I organize my comments around three questions.

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Additional Information: © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Finance
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2015 09:02
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 01:58

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