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

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posted on 2024-06-03, 13:47 authored by Fara AzmatFara Azmat, R Rentschler
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.

History

Journal

Journal of business ethics

Volume

141

Pagination

317-336

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

0167-4544

eISSN

1573-0697

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Springer

Issue

2

Publisher

Springer