Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings includes abstracts of all papers and symposia presented at the annual conference, plus 6-page abridged versions of the “Best Papers” accepted for inclusion in the program (approximately 10%). Papers published in the Proceedings are abridged because presenting papers at their full length could preclude subsequent journal publication. Please contact the author(s) directly for the full papers.

Sex in the Board Room: Board Gender Diversity and Firm Competitive Behavior

    Drawing insights from the upper-echelons theory, organizational demography literature and competitive dynamics perspective, we hypothesize a positive relationship between board gender diversity and firm competitive aggressiveness. More importantly we explore the moderating effects of power (male-female director status equality and network complementarity) and social (male-female director socio-behavioral integration) contexts on the relationship. Our analyses of 21 pharmaceutical firms over a fifteen-year period largely support our hypotheses.