It might not have escaped you than one of the latest crazes from the regulation happy European Union concerns how many women should sit on corporate boards. 40% by the year 2020. So even if I am not part of the W2M norm, and still hope to one day sit on a [corporate] board I am a little bit uneasy about this type of regulation. One of the reasons for my unease is that when Norway introduced the same measures 2003 many boards reported that they lost experience. Still, if we don’t think change comes quick enough regulation might be the way forward.
Anyway, I wonder – will more women on board really change things? And if so, what will it change? Will more to choose from and hopefully a better gender balance automatically mean better corporates? Loss of expertise might not be the best way forward. The reason why I ask is that it seems to me that corporate “cross-over” is limited to say the least. And for me it is this cross-over that is the real way to draw on different competencies and thus developing the corporate(s). What do I mean? Well, once you start in one type of company you stick that type. Once in one industry it is rare to change.
So is more of the same the real corporate and business diversification?