Associate Professor of Strategy
Board characteristics; Director Gender; Mergers and Acquisitions;Corporate Governance; Value Creation, Strategy and Implementation; Corporate Governance; Strategic Leadership; Corporate Governance; Board Process and Remuneration at the Top;
Journal Article | Strategic Management Journal | 37 | February 2016
Female Board Representation and Corporate Acquisition Intensity
This study examines the impact of female board representation on firm-level strategic behavior within the domain of mergers and acquisitions (M&A).The authors build on social identity theory to predict that greater female representation on a firm's board will be negatively associated with both the number of acquisitions the firm engages in and, conditional on doing a deal, acquisition size.Using a comprehensive, multi-year sample of U.S. public firms, the authors find strong support for our hypotheses. They demonstrate the robustness of our findings through the use of a difference-in-differences analysis on a sub-sample of firms that experienced exogenous changes in board gender composition as a result of director deaths.