Equality in the boardroom – more of the same only with a skirt?

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?

 

3 responses to “Equality in the boardroom – more of the same only with a skirt?

  1. Well, you are just pressing ont the hurting spot : women culturally speaking do not have the same background as men. In certain industry this is so obvious that this ”gender balance” is a complete non-sense… but it works both ways : there are many industries where men do not have any sense of business and the balance will be moving way back as soon as stereotypes will have become obsolete.
    I personnally don’t have a problem seing a lady heading major car manufacturer operations, but there is to be some culture change before this can be accepted by the public… how long it’ll take? no clue. And diversity has nothing to do with this question. I agree with your final statement and clearly hope that doors will be open to gender diversity already at college levels… this is somehow already happening, but kinda limited.

    Gilla

  2. Hello,
    Would you be so kind to reference your statement: ”One of the reasons for my unease is that when Norway introduced the same measures 2003 many boards reported that they lost experience.”?
    The studies I am aware of so far show that gender diverse boards tend to improve the financial results of the company.
    Thank you!

    Gilla

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