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What it takes for women to reach the corporate boardrooms in Malaysia

Ku Ismail, Ku Nor Izah and Abd Rahman, Intan Maiza and Mustapa, Ifa Rizad and Abdullah, Shamsul Nahar (2017) What it takes for women to reach the corporate boardrooms in Malaysia. Corporate Ownership and Control, 14 (3). pp. 1-7. ISSN 1727-9232

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This study seeks to understand how and why women were selected as board members, and reasons for women to accept board appointments.We conduct a questionnaire survey on women who sit on the boards of companies in Malaysia.We provide evidence that education, expertise and leadership qualities are necessary for women to reach the boardrooms.Their willingness to contribute to and share their expertise with a company are the main factors for women to accept the appointment as a director.The women feel that gender is not important in becoming a director compared to one’s capability.A majority of them were recommended by the CEO or other board members to become directors.The outcome of this study complements and strengthens the efforts made by the Malaysian government to achieve the 30 percent target.It is also very beneficial to women who aspire to become corporate directors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women Directors, Women on Boards, Gender Diversity, Gender Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy (TISSA)
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Ku Nor Izah Ku Ismail
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 09:59
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 09:59
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/21937

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