Sunday, 26th March 2017
QUOTAS FOR WOMEN ON BOARDS
The discussion on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning was about quotas in the Boardroom for women - at present there are only 12.5% women on the Corporate Boardroom in Britain, and this is seen to be unfair and should rise to a much higher percentage to be representative. There are many Boards which are even all male.
One advantage of quotas is that they force change where there is intransigence and where the barriers are sharp. A disadvantage is that they can lead to tokenism. Also our research shows that culturally, there is a resistance to quotas in the Boardroom in Britain - they are seen as an infringement of executive choice and freedom.
So how then do we achieve change?
The root problem we have found from our research is not necessarily about gender, but about the whole culture of power and governance in the British boardroom. Generally, executives do not like challenge nor do they welcome it - they prefer sameness to difference. Yet we know that for robust organisations, power has to be open to scrutiny and questioning. For public quoted companies, management need to be reminded that they are agents rather than owners.
So here are the possible solutions to this dilemma:
We look forward to your comments.
Article added on 9th February 2012 at 9:29am
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