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Are boards of directors in Malaysia ethnically diversified?


Ahmad Zaluki, Nurwati Ashikkin and Abu Bakar, Juhaida (2008) Are boards of directors in Malaysia ethnically diversified? In: The 4th National Human Resource Management Conference 2008, 17-19 August 2008 , Tiara Beach Resort, Port Dickson. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper examines the ethnic profile of board members in 235 newly listed Malaysian companies at the time of public offerings during the period 1999 to 2006. Using Blau’s (1977) index of heterogeneity, we find evidence of the existence of ethnic diversity among board members of these companies. Further analysis reveals that the boardrooms of our sample are dominated by the Chinese ethnic group, followed by Malays, Indians and others. Our results indirectly suggest that harmonious relations between board members from different racial and ethnic backgrounds exist in Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Jointly organized by the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia and the Negeri Sembilan State Government.
Uncontrolled Keywords: initial public offerings, corporate governance, diversity, board of directors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: School of Economics, Finance & Banking
Depositing User: Dr. Nurwati Ashikkin Ahmad Zaluki
Date Deposited: 16 May 2011 03:32
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2016 01:50
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/2666

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