Monthly Archives: September 2012

A fourth study shows that having more women on boards leads to a decline in corporate performance

Regular visitors to this blog will be aware that not even one academic study shows evidence of a positive causal link between ‘improving’ gender diversity on boards and enhanced corporate performance. We’ve asked dozens of organisations and hundreds of individuals to provide evidence … Continue reading

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Do David Cameron, Vince Cable and Helen Whitehead believe the world is flat?

My thanks to Alicia for an interesting discussion this afternoon. She called to ask me what progress we’re making with persuading the government to engage with out arguments.I explained we have a meeting arranged with a senior politician shortly, but trying … Continue reading

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Adams and Ferreira paper (2008): ‘Women in the Boardroom and Their Impact on Governance and Performance’

Intrigued by the reference to the Adams and Ferreira paper (2008) in the Credit Suisse report, I’ve looked it up online. Here’s a link to it: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1107721 The paper’s full Abstract: We show that female directors have a significant impact … Continue reading

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Credit Suisse Research Institute report: ‘Gender diversity and corporate performance’

As noted in an earlier post, proponents of ‘improved’ gender diversity in boardrooms have already started to misrepresent the Credit Suisse Research Institute report, ‘Gender diversity and corporate performance’, published last month, taking carefully selected extracts and using them to infer a … Continue reading

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DBIS: the response to our Freedom of Information Act request

We’ve recently had responses from both the Equality and Human Rights Commission (‘EHRC’) and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (‘DBIS’), to our FoI requests for evidence supporting the claim of a positive causal link between ‘improved’ gender diversity on … Continue reading

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A pullout in ‘The Times’ – including some ‘s*** you couldn’t make up’

On Tuesday, 18 September, there was a 16-page pullout (sponsored by Accenture) in The Times titled, ‘Women Mean Business’. It’s full of the usual claptrap we’ve heard a thousand times before, so rather than insult your intelligence I’ll summarise the … Continue reading

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MAGPIE: Men against gender preference in employment

We know that a good deal of positive discrimination for women takes place in recruitment and promotion terms, although it’s illegal in the UK. Both men and women tend to favour women in employment terms. It’s one of the key … Continue reading

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