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Gender and ethnic diversity on boards and corporate responsibility: the case of the arts sector

Azmat, Fara and Rentschler, Ruth 2015, Gender and ethnic diversity on boards and corporate responsibility: the case of the arts sector, Journal of business ethics, vol. 141, pp. 317-336, doi: 10.1007/s10551-015-2707-0.

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Title Gender and ethnic diversity on boards and corporate responsibility: the case of the arts sector
Author(s) Azmat, FaraORCID iD for Azmat, Fara
Rentschler, Ruth
Journal name Journal of business ethics
Volume number 141
Start page 317
End page 336
Total pages 20
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2015-06-06
ISSN 0167-4544
Keyword(s) Arts
Corporate responsibility
Social Sciences
Business & Economics
Social Sciences - Other Topics
Summary This study provides insights on sector-specific characteristics, challenges and issues that affect corporate responsibility (CR) in relation to ethnicity and gender on arts boards. Using stakeholder theory, the study explores how arts board composition (e.g. gender and ethnicity) sets the scene for dynamics that affect CR. Data analysis is based on interviews with 92 board members and stakeholders sitting on 66 arts boards in Australia. Results suggest that the dynamism of gender and ethnic diversity on arts boards makes them responsive to CR; however, their presence does not always lead to CR. For diverse boards to lead to CR, our findings indicate the significance of board member attributes of passion, skill and capability of developing networks, irrespective of gender and ethnicity. The article advances understanding of the implications and relevance of ethnic and gender diversity on non-profit boards and contributes to an important yet under-researched body of literature.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10551-015-2707-0
Field of Research 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
1503 Business And Management
2201 Applied Ethics
1505 Marketing
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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