Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

5-3-2019

Publisher

Elsevier

Source Publication

Long Range Planning

Source ISSN

0024-6301

Abstract

Drawing on resource dependence theory and group diversity research, this paper examines how board gender and racial diversity impact corporate divestitures. We argue that due to the diverse experiences, knowledge, and perspectives that female and racial minority directors bring to the boardroom, it is more difficult and time-consuming for the board to reach a consensus and pursue a common course of action. Consistent with this argument, our results indicate that board gender and racial diversity lead to longer divestiture completion times and a lower divestiture rate. Additionally, we argue that due to their cognitive heterogeneity, diverse boards likely exchange a greater variety of information, engage in more thorough discussions, and implement greater oversight of divestitures, leading to more positive divestitures returns. Offering mixed support for this argument, we found that while gender diversity increased divestiture returns, racial diversity was associated with lower divestiture returns.

Comments

Accepted version. Long Range Plan, (2019). DOI. © 2019 Elsevier. Used with permission.

Online May 3, 2019.

Available for download on Tuesday, May 03, 2022

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