Journal of Management & Governance

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 491-509

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Women on boards and firm performance

  • Mijntje Lückerath-RoversAffiliated withNyenrode Business UniversityErasmus Universiteit Rotterdam Email author 


This study investigates the financial performance of Dutch companies both with and without women on their boards. The analysis extends earlier methods used in research by Catalyst (The bottom line: corporate performance and women’s representation on boards, 2007) and McKinsey (Women matter. Gender diversity, a corporate performance driver. McKinsey & Company, USA, 2007), two studies that are often cited in the literature, although, each has a number of methodological shortcomings. This article adds to the international debate, which is often normative, through examining 99 listed companies in the Dutch Female Board Index. Our results show that firms with women directors perform better than those without women on their boards.


Governance Gender diversity Board composition Performance Resource dependence theory