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Women directors on boards of Australian Real Estate Investment Trusts

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Bill Dimovski, Luisa Lombardi, Barry CooperBarry Cooper
Purpose – This is the first paper which aims to investigate factors that might influence the gender composition of boards of directors of Australian Real Estate Investment Trusts (A-REITs).

Design/methodology/approach – This study follows Mateos de Cabo, Gimeno and Nieto and the gender diversity literature and investigates the existence and number of women directors on the boards of directors of 37 A-REITs from 2006 to 2011.

Findings – There is evidence that larger (by market capitalization) A-REITs are more likely to employ a woman director and that A-REITs with larger boards are more likely to employ a woman director and indeed more women directors. It also appears that A-REITs whose head office is in Sydney are more likely to employ a woman director and also more women directors.

Practical implications – Women seeking to be engaged as directors of A-REITs are more likely to be employed by larger A-REITs (by market capitalization), those with larger boards and those located in Sydney.

Originality/value
– This paper adds to the existing literature on gender diversity by examining the factors that appear to influence the employment of women on A-REIT Boards.

History

Journal

Journal of property investment and finance

Volume

31

Issue

2

Pagination

196 - 207

Publisher

Emerald

Location

Bingley, England

ISSN

1463-578X

eISSN

1470-2002

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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