Women on Corporate Boards of Directors

International Challenges and Opportunities

  • Ronald J. Burke
  • Mary C. Mattis

Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Women Corporate Directors: A Research Appraisal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ronald J. Burke, Mary C. Mattis
      Pages 3-10
    3. Catherine M. Daily, S. Trevis Certo, Dan R. Dalton
      Pages 11-23
  3. International Research Findings

  4. Women Directors and Board Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Patricia Bradshaw, David Wicks
      Pages 197-212
  5. Views of Corporate Directors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. David S. R. Leighton
      Pages 253-261
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 271-273

About this book


Both the practitioner and academic communities have voiced strong opinions regarding the progress of women in reaching the executive suite and the corporate boardroom. Proponents on each side of the current debate offer evidence suggesting the accuracy of their respective positions. One view holds: "The fight is over. The battle is won. Women are now accepted as outside directors in the preponderance of corporate boardrooms" (Lear, 1994: 10). An alternative perspective, however, suggests there is much progress left. An illustration of the type of remaining barriers is provided by T. J. Rodgers, chief executive officer (CEO) of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. , who has commented that "a 'woman's view' on how to run our semiconductor company does not help us" (Rodgers, 1996: 14). Regardless of where one falls along the spectrum anchored at one end by the view that women have made substantial progress in reaching the upper echelons of corporations and anchored at the other end by the view that women have barely begun to penetrate the "inner sanctum" of corporations, the central issue is the extent to which women have succeeded in cracking the proverbial "glass ceiling. " The glass ceiling is a metaphorical barrier which prevents women from attaining the upper-most organizational positions (e. g. , Karr, 1991; Morrison, White, Van Velsor, and the Center for Creative Leadership, 1992; Powell & Butterfield, 1994; U. S. Department of Labor, 1991).


Affirmative Action Compliance Gender Nation business

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronald J. Burke
    • 1
  • Mary C. Mattis
    • 2
  1. 1.School of BusinessYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.CatalystNew York CityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5395-4
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-3401-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-6733
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