Women directors and disclosure of intellectual capital information

Francisca ​Tejedo-Romero, Lucia Lima Rodrigues, Russell Craig

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    Abstract

    This paper uses a resource-based perspective and balanced panel data analysis to explore whether the representation of women on the boards of directors of Spanish companies is associated with an increase in voluntary disclosure of information concerning intellectual capital [IC]. We find that gender diversity is a complementary corporate governance mechanism that has a significant positive effect on levels of disclosure of IC information. This appears due to the presence of women on boards serving to prompt stronger monitoring and oversight behaviour. Our findings should encourage support for policies that will increase current levels of representation of women on corporate boards and influence the setting of corporate governance requirements relating to disclosure by capital market regulators.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)123-131
    Number of pages9
    Journal European Research on Management and Business Economics
    Volume23
    Issue number3
    Early online date1 Jul 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusEarly online - 1 Jul 2017

    Keywords

    • women
    • directors
    • intellectual capital
    • disclosure

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