Taking a closer look: Institutional influences on the presence of women directors

Jennifer M. Knippen, Wei Shen

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Abstract

Women's progress in the boardroom has been a point of interest in both research and practice. However, the mechanisms behind their progress remain somewhat of a mystery. In this paper, we use an institutional theory lens to elucidate the mechanisms behind this phenomenon and to further understand how institutional pressures influence the presence of women directors in firms. We tested our hypotheses using panel data of U.S. firms in the S&P Composite 1500 from 1998 to 2005. We found that institutional pressures operate both externally through peer groupings based upon organizational size and industry association and internally through institutionalizing the practice of appointing women directors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event69th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2009 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Aug 7 2009Aug 11 2009

Other

Other69th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2009
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period8/7/098/11/09

Keywords

  • Institutional theory
  • Women corporate careers
  • Women directors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Industrial relations

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    Knippen, J. M., & Shen, W. (2009). Taking a closer look: Institutional influences on the presence of women directors. Paper presented at 69th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2009, Chicago, IL, United States. https://doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2009.44256589