The Glass Ceiling in Chinese and Indian Boardrooms

The Glass Ceiling in Chinese and Indian Boardrooms

Women Directors in Listed Firms in China and India

1st Edition - March 10, 2015

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  • Author: Alice de Jonge
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633435

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This book is about women directors in China and India. The aim of the book is to understand more clearly where women are present on corporate boards, and the reasons for their continued absence from most listed company boards. The Glass Ceiling in Chinese and Indian Boardrooms is written at a time of increasing awareness, particularly in Europe, of the benefits of gender equity at the boardroom table, and of the costs of women’s continued exclusion from corporate decision-making. Norway’s gender equity legislation has now been instrumental in ensuring that women occupy over 40% of all company board seats in that country. France, Italy and Spain are amongst those countries now following the same path towards equity. But Asia in general, and the world’s two largest nations in particular, still lag well behind. In China while women enjoy greater social and economic equality than many of their sisters in other parts of Asia, the male-dominated nature of the Party-state apparatus makes it unlikely that legislative change will be achieved any time soon. In India, while the country’s 2013 Corporations Law now requires all major listed firms to have at least one woman director, the real challenges for women are social and economic, where much work remains to be done.

Key Features

  • Based on detailed surveys of 1,000 key listed firms in India and China
  • Provides results from empirical questionnaire surveys of key firms
  • Analyses the importance of board diversity in a rapidly changing world, and its significance for economic and environmental stability


    Management students and academics, Business studies courses, MBA students and academics, Academic libraries, Company libraries and Professional libraries.

    Table of Contents

      • Dedication
      • Preface
      • About the author
      • 1. Introduction and overview: Government regulation for gender diversity on company boards in China and India
        • 1.1 Overview of this chapter
        • 1.2 Choice of research subject: why China and India?
        • 1.3 Description of research context
        • 1.4 Aim of the book and analytic framework
        • 1.5 Methodological approach: mixed methods research
        • 1.6 Overview of book structure
      • 2. Corporate governance in India and China: The regulatory and institutional framework
        • 2.1 Corporate governance rules and regulations
        • 2.2 Corporate governance in India
        • 2.3 Corporate governance in China
      • 3. International comparisons and the political context of women on boards
        • 3.1 Politics and the economy: does women’s political empowerment promote economic participation?
        • 3.2 State-owned companies in the forefront
        • 3.3 State policy mechanisms and state-driven corporate social responsibility
        • 3.4 Non-state measures aimed at increasing women’s representation in corporate leadership
      • 4. The social and economic context of women on boards
        • 4.1 The international framework for protecting women’s rights and advancing women’s interests
        • 4.2 International norms shaping national policy
        • 4.3 National institutions: social and economic policies and programmes in China and India
      • 5. Literature review and theoretical context
        • 5.1 Legal transfers and regulatory change
        • 5.2 Institutional theory
        • 5.3 National culture and organisational behaviour
        • 5.4 Gender and leadership literature
      • 6. Study 1: Organisational predictors of women on corporate boards in China and India
        • 6.1 Introduction and development of hypotheses
        • 6.2 Methodology and results
      • 7. Study 2: Understanding attitudes towards gender diversity and affirmative action in China and India
        • 7.1 Introduction and development of hypotheses
        • 7.2 The survey questionnaire
        • 7.3 Levels of support for affirmative action measures
        • 7.4 The respondents
        • 7.5 The firms and their boards
        • 7.6 What policies were in place at firm level?
        • 7.7 Testing the hypotheses: beliefs about the reasons for gender imbalance on company boards
        • 7.8 Political barriers and business networks
        • 7.9 Support for gender equity measures
        • 7.10 Country differences in views about mandatory quotas and other measures
        • 7.11 Discussion
      • 8. Conclusion
        • 8.1 Key findings
        • 8.2 Contribution to knowledge
        • 8.3 Limitations
        • 8.4 Future research
      • References
        • Government legislation, regulations and policy statements
        • International legal instruments
      • Index

    Product details

    • No. of pages: 188
    • Language: English
    • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2015
    • Published: March 10, 2015
    • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
    • eBook ISBN: 9781780633435

    About the Author

    Alice de Jonge

    Dr Alice de Jonge is a Senior Lecturer in law at the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She lectures in the post-graduate subjects Asian Business Law, International Law and Policy and International Trade Law. In 1998 she was awarded the LAWASIA Research Award. She has worked on various consultancies with international aid organisations and is the author of the book Corporate Governance and China’s H-Share Market (2008) as well as numerous other book chapters and journal articles.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Monash University, Australia

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