Actor Perceptions of Gender Quotas for Australian Boards

Jill Latham, Linley Lord, Alison Sheridan, Melissa Marinelli

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Understanding actors’ perceptions of quotas provides an indication of how debate and action relating to board gender composition in Australia may progress. This research investigates actors’ attitudes towards gender quotas for corporate boards in Australia. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 27 actors including ASX 200 directors, civil servants, investors, journalists, executive search firms, shareholder, and advocacy organisations. Reflexive thematic analysis was used to analyse the interview data. The research uncovered a stark polarisation between actors “for” and “against” board gender quotas. Quotas remain an emotive topic where actors appear to find reasoned debate and discussion difficult.

Keywords: Quotas, corporate boards, gender diversity, governance
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2022
Event35th ANZAM Conference: Flourishing in our new normal - Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20227 Dec 2022


Conference35th ANZAM Conference
CityGold Coast
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