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The Glass Ceiling in Chinese and Indian Boardrooms. Women Directors in Listed Firms in China and India. Chandos Asian Studies Series

  • ID: 2986251
  • Book
  • March 2015
  • Region: China, India
  • Elsevier Science and Technology

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.

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Chapter 1. Introduction and Overview: Government Regulation for Gender Diversity on Company Boards in India and China

Chapter 2. Corporate Governance in India and China: The Regulatory and Institutional Framework

Chapter 3. International Comparisons of Women on Boards

Chapter 4. The political, economic and social context

Chapter 5. Literature review and theoretical context

Chapter 6. Study One: Organisational Predictors of women on corporate boards in China and India

Chapter 7. Study Two: Understanding attitudes towards gender diversity in China and India

Chapter 8. Discussion and Conclusions

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Alice de Jonge Monash University, Australia.

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.
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