While the number of women on boards is rising, an increasing reliance on hiring from the fields of accountancy and finance may impact on diversity of thought, says a new study.
“We see some extremely good results. But there are also implications.” So says Dr Elisabeth Marx, a corporate leadership expert, after undertaking a close study of UK board composition two decades after a previous investigation lifted the lid on what was happening inside boardrooms.
The conclusion is that things are definitely better, but unintended consequences have emerged: there are concerns about where future female executives will come from and whether non-executives spend enough time with executive functions other than the CEO and CFO. There is also a worry that diversity of thought may become a casualty of the increasing dominan
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