From Seats at the Table to Voices in the Discussion: Antecedents of Underrepresented Director Participation in Board Meetings

Christopher S. Tuggle, David G. Sirmon, Cameron J. Borgholthaus, Leonard Bierman, A. Erin Bass

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Abstract

A corporate board’s work is largely dependent on the collective contributions of individual directors. Thus, greater board diversity, with its commensurate knowledge complementarity, should stimulate better board discussions when members actively participate. Without the participation of underrepresented directors, however, the potential benefits of board diversity are lost. Herein we examine the drivers of underrepresented directors’ participation in board meetings. Departing from prior studies that often used a single-level, compositional view of board diversity, we explore the antecedents of individual underrepresented director participation with a multi-level, multi-theoretic model. We find strong empirical support for our model, derived from detailed board of director meeting transcripts, offering several theoretical contributions to the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1253-1283
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Volume59
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • board diversity
  • board of directors
  • relational demography
  • status characteristics theory
  • underrepresented director participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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