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Gender Diversity in the Senior Management of Large Technology Companies

Gender Diversity in the Senior Management of Large Technology Companies
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Author(s): Yakira Fernández-Torres (University of Extremadura, Spain), Ricardo Javier Palomo-Zurdo (CEU San Pablo University, Spain) and Milagros Gutiérrez-Fernández (University of Extremadura, Spain)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 17
Source title: Organizational Transformation and Managing Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Alicia Guerra Guerra (University of Extremadura, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7074-5.ch003


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As a key part of the fourth industrial revolution, technology companies have become the most valuable companies in the world in terms of market capitalization. Surprisingly, however, these companies have been overlooked by studies of gender diversity in corporate governance even though their highly distinctive features may cause major differences in gender diversity with respect to companies in other sectors. The goal of this chapter is therefore to provide the first characterization of gender diversity in the corporate governance of large technology companies—specifically those with the highest market value—and explore the relationship between gender diversity and business performance. To achieve this goal, descriptive statistical analysis is used. Data correspond to the period 2005 to 2017. The findings confirm the under-representation of women on the boards of directors of 162 publicly listed companies. The findings also show that the most profitable companies are those that have the greatest female representation on their boards of directors.

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