A Woman's Place is in the Boardroom

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Springer, Sep 12, 2005 - Business & Economics - 226 pages
There are relatively few women in senior executive positions and on the boards of major companies. Based upon research and in the context of contemporary management debates the authors argue the business case for promoting women to these positions in order to create more value for shareholders. The book draws upon interviews with chairpersons and chief executives and includes case study material.

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The numbers are revealing: Women held only 14% of US directorships in 2003 and only 10% of UK corporate board seats a year later. Why does such a dearth of distaff board members prevail when a vast majority of women hold jobs, make most major home and business purchases, and outnumber men in attaining university degrees? Is this imbalance due to the male-oriented corporate culture, child rearing issues, biased recruitment and promotion policies, all of the above or something else entirely? Consultants Peninah Thomson and Jacey Graham thoroughly explore this issue, examining the reasons why the gap exists, why companies would be healthier with a greater female board representation and what firms can do about it. They also detail how they formed the “Financial Times/Stock Exchange (FTSE) 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Program” as one solution to the problem. The book’s conversational flow makes up for its repetition and lack of synthesized information. getAbstract suggests it to all executives who seek balanced corporate governance and particularly to women who aspire to directorships.
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Chapter 1 The customer is queen
Chapter 2 Companies are kingdoms
Chapter 3 Conversations with kings
Chapter 4 The view from marzipan
Chapter 5 Bridging the gap
Chapter 6 A womans touch
Chapter 7 The experience of women directors
Chapter 8 Headhunters
Chapter 9 Priming the pipeline
Chapter 10 Changing the game
Chapter 11 Any other business
A note on method
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PENINAH THOMSON is a Senior Executive Coach and a Director of Praesta Partners LLP.

JACEY GRAHAM is Managing Partner of Brook Graham LLP, a strategic diversity consultancy and formerly Head of Diversity Strategy and Planning at Shell International.

Both authors are co-founders of Women Directors on Boards, a UK consortium for action and change and an influential group of women in senior positions in government, academia and large companies. They are also co-founders of the FTSE-100 Cross Company Mentoring Programme.

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