Women on Corporate Boards

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The study of women on boards of different companies is an area which lacks research with regard to the present day global situation. Even though research has been carried on in a few areas concerning directors and company requirements, role of women on boards has not been examined substantially.


Per se, the authors concentrated on the boards of 1000 US companies and established the research dependency theory. According to Pfeffer and Salancik (1978) research dependency theory states that "the elemental structural characteristics of environments are concentration, the extent to which power and authority in the environment are widely dispersed; munificence, or the availability or scarcity of critical resources; and interconnectedness, the number and pattern of linkages, or connections, among organizations. These structural characteristics, in turn, determine the relationships among social actors - specifically, the degree of conflict and interdependence present in the social system. Conflict and interdependence, in turn, determine the uncertainty the organization confronts" (Pfeffer and Salancik, 1978, p. 68). Intellectuals of dependence theory have also centred on different areas of boards and organization but did not take up this particular area for study. The authors of this study have attempted to make two contributions of which the first is they used dependence theory to identify gender role on boards; and second, they did work on set of forecasters that disclose why organizations are more varied in terms of female directors' representation. Thus the main objectives of the authors of this study were to test four hypotheses as follows:
There are no explicit questions which the authors pursued to answer. ...
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