Gender Diversity in the Boardroom

Volume 1: The Use of Different Quota Regulations

  • Cathrine Seierstad
  • Patricia Gabaldon
  • Heike Mensi-Klarbach

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Heike Mensi-Klarbach, Cathrine Seierstad, Patricia Gabaldon
    Pages 1-10
  3. Patricia Gabaldon, Daniela Giménez
    Pages 47-74
  4. Audur Arna Arnardottir, Throstur Olaf Sigurjonsson
    Pages 75-101
  5. Emmanuel Zenou, Isabelle Allemand, Bénédicte Brullebaut
    Pages 103-124
  6. Alessandra Rigolini, Morten Huse
    Pages 125-154
  7. Abigail Levrau
    Pages 155-175
  8. Patricia Gabaldon, Heike Mensi-Klarbach, Cathrine Seierstad
    Pages 233-254
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 255-263

About this book


‘Gender diversity on boards is a fundamental pillar for good corporate governance and has solidly gained momentum in many firms. I recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand different country strategies to promote the presence of women on boards. A must-read in the field!’

Ruth Aguilera, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University

‘This useful book critically examines the range of strategies employed by European countries to advance female representation on corporate boards. The contributors comprise highly credible experts at the nexus of diversity and corporate governance research.  A must-read for scholars and policy-makers!’

Diana Bilimoria, Chair of Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University

This edited collection provides a structured and in-depth analysis of the current use of quota strategies for resolving the pressing issue of gender inequality, and the lack of female representation on corporate boards. Filling the gap in existing literature on this topic, the two volumes of Gender Diversity in the Boardroom offers systematic overviews of current debates surrounding the optimisation of gender diversity, and the suggested pathways for progress. Focusing on sixteen European countries, the skilled contributors explore the current situation in relation to women on boards debates and approaches taken.  They include detailed reflections from critical stakeholders, such as politicians, practitioners and policy-makers. Volume 1 focuses on eight European countries having adopted quotas and is a promising and highly valuable resource for academics, practitioners, policy makers and anyone interested in gender diversity because it examines and critiques the current corporate governance system and national strategies for increasing the share of women not only on boards, but within companies beyond the boardroom.


policy organization regulations strategy public initiatives women diversity gender inequality

Editors and affiliations

  • Cathrine Seierstad
    • 1
  • Patricia Gabaldon
    • 2
  • Heike Mensi-Klarbach
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Business and ManagementQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.IE Business SchoolIE UniversityMadridSpain
  3. 3.School of Economics and ManagementLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany

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