Research: How Women Improve Decision-Making on Boards

Margarethe F. Wiersema, Marie Louise Mors

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This article reports on a study of women and men directors at more than 200 publicly traded companies on the major stock exchanges in the U.S. and Europe. The results provide key insights on how the presence of women influences boards. First, it turns out that women directors come to board meetings well-prepared and concerned with accountability. Second, women are not shy about acknowledging when they don’t know something, are more willing to ask in-depth questions, and seek to get things on the table. As a result, the presence of women improves the quality of discussion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHarvard Business Review Digital Articles
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2023

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