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Women directors involvement in Malaysia

Amran, Noor Afza and Ku Ismail, Ku Nor Izah and Aripin, Norhani and Hassan, Norlaili and Abd Manaf, Kamarul Bahrain and Abdullah , Shamsul Nahar (2014) Women directors involvement in Malaysia. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 8 (5). pp. 226-231. ISSN 1991-8178

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Empirical studies found that women are under-represented on corporate boards despite their high participation in the workforce. In Malaysia, the establishment of Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development plays a role in boosting the women roles. In year 2004, the Malaysian Government has imposed the public sector agencies to appoint 30% women to be involved at the decision making levels. In 2011, the government extended the policy to the private sector and set 2016 as the year for meeting the target. This paper seeks to determine the level of women participation on boards in 2010 and examine the profiles of the women, as well as the companies that appoint women to their boards. Based on 831 Malaysian listed companies, we find that a majority of women directors are of Chinese ethnicity, non-independent directors, and have an accounting and other business-related academic background. Many of them are family-related to other directors. This study contributes significantly to the policy makers and the authority responsible for promoting women to become directors.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6708/39423
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women, directors, involvement, Malaysia.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5387 Business ethics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Accounting
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Shamsul Nahar Abdullah
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 12:58
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 12:58
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/39423

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