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Getting Women on to Corporate Boards: A Snowball Starting in Norway

Edited by: Silke Machold, Morten Huse, Katrin Hansen, Marina Brogi

ISBN13: 9781782547938
Published: January 2015
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £25.00



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This book provides unique insights into how the idea of quota laws to get women on to corporate boards gained international momentum from its origins in Norway. Invaluable insights are gained through the stories of actors involved in shaping the discourse and practice on women of boards. In exploring political contexts, the role of the advocacy movement, experiences of women directors themselves and latest research findings, the contributors provide a comprehensive overview of the rationales, processes and outcomes of formal approaches to gender diversity on boards.

Drawing on insights from political, business and academic actors, the book discusses how and why the Norwegian law on gender equality on corporate boards is turning into a blueprint for action internationally. Getting Women on to Corporate Boards will prove an invaluable resource for policy-makers, principle-setters, practitioners and students interested in the international lessons from Norway, as well as for current and potential female directors.

Subjects:
Employment Law, Norway
Contents:
Introduction Morten Huse and Marina Brogi

PART I: THE NORWEGIAN POLITICAL BACKGROUND
1. The Political Process Behind the Gender Balance Law Morten Huse
2. Women on Board Laila Davoy
3. Women Mean Business: Why and How Norway Legislated Gender Balance on the Boards of Listed Companies Kirsti Bergsto
4. Concluding Remarks to Part I Morten Huse

PART II: NORWEGIAN AND INTERNATIONAL ADVOCACY
5. Institutionalizing Women's Representation on Boards: An Introduction to the Advocacy Movement Silke Machold
6. Competence at Board Level: The Norwegian Case Elbjorg Gui Standal
7. Professionalizing Boards: The Work of the Professional Boards Forum Elin Hurvenes
8. The Swiss Case of Women on Boards of Directors Christine Wetli
9. Boards and Role Models for Supporting the Climb Upwards: Italy and Women Corporate Directors (WCD) Cristina Finocchi Mahne
10. Research and Considerations Regarding Women on Boards Heather Foust-Cummings
11. Concluding Remarks to Part II Silke Machold

PART III: NORWEGIAN BOARD MEMBERS: STORIES FROM THE FIELD
12. Characteristics and Background of the Norwegian Women Directors Morten Huse
13. Stories from Four Norwegian Multi-board Women Nini Hoegh Nergaard, Merete Lutken, Thorhild Widvey, Ingvild Ragna Myhre and Morten Huse
14. Concluding Remarks to Part III Morten Huse

PART IV: LESSONS FROM RESEARCH ON GENDER ON BOARDS
15. Women on Boards: What We Know, What We Do Not Yet Know and How We Should Further Advance Knowledge Katrin Hansen
16. Women on Boards: The United States in a Global Comparison Dorothy Perrin Moore
17. Consequences of the Norwegian Gender Quota Regulation for Public Limited Company Boards Vibeke Heidenreich
18. Women Directors and Corporate Innovation: A Critical Mass Perspective Mariateresa Torchia
19. Gender-balanced Corporate Boards Agnes Bolso, Hilde Bjorkhaug and Siri Oyslebo Sorensen
20. Gender Quotas on Corporate Boards in Norway, Necessary But Not Ideal Cathrine Seierstad
21. Legitimacy, Inclusion and Influence: Investigating Women Directors' Board Experiences Gro Ladegard
22. Lessons from Previous Research on Women on Board for Future Research Andrea D. Buhrmann
23. Concluding Remarks to Part IV Katrin Hansen

PART V: POLICY IMPLICATIONS AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
24. Policy Approaches to Gender Diversity on Boards: An Introduction to Characteristics and Determinants Silke Machold and Katrin Hansen
25. Women on Boards: Lessons Learnt from Norway Monika Schulz-Strelow
26. Professionalization on the Supervisory Board, Diversity and Women Daniela Weber-Rey
27. Italy's Lessons Learnt from Norway Marina Brogi
28. Women on Boards in the UK: Accelerating the Pace of Change? Ruth Sealy and Susan Vinnicombe
29. Winning the Board Game: Europe's Economy Needs More Women in Business Viviane Reding
30. Concluding Remarks to Part V Katrin Hansen and Silke Machold Conclusions Katrin Hansen and Silke Machold

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