This paper aims to analyze the relationships between women directors (a demographic characteristic) and organizational innovation (a predictor of firm performance) by considering the mediating role of the board's decision-making culture. To scrutinize board processes and behaviors, we use survey data to test our hypotheses on a sample of 341 Norwegian firms. The results suggest that women directors contribute positively and significantly to organizational innovation. Furthermore, the positive relationship between women directors and the level of organizational innovation is mediated by some decision-making culture dimensions: the degree of cognitive conflict and the degree of preparation and involvement during board meetings. Implications for theory and practice and future research directions are discussed.

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Torchia , Mariateresa; Calabr˛ , Andrea; Gabaldˇn , Patricia; Kanadli, Sadi Bogaš

Women directors contribution to organizational innovation: A behavioral approach

06/2018
This paper aims to analyze the relationships between women directors (a demographic characteristic) and organizational innovation (a predictor of firm performance) by considering the mediating role of the board's decision-making culture. To scrutinize board processes and behaviors, we use survey data to test our hypotheses on a sample of 341 Norwegian firms. The results suggest that women directors contribute positively and significantly to organizational innovation. Furthermore, the positive relationship between women directors and the level of organizational innovation is mediated by some decision-making culture dimensions: the degree of cognitive conflict and the degree of preparation and involvement during board meetings. Implications for theory and practice and future research directions are discussed.
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Women directors contribution to organizational innovation: A behavioral approach
Torchia , Mariateresa; Calabr˛ , Andrea; Gabaldˇn , Patricia; Kanadli, Sadi Bogaš
Scandinavian Journal of Management
Vol. 34, n║ 2, 06/2018, p. 215 - 224

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