Women on corporate boards and financial performance in fast-emerging markets: insights from Malaysia

Abdullah Al Mamun, Qaiser Rafique Yasser, Michael Seamer, Mariano L. M. Heyden

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In this study, we focus on the relation between female representation on boards of directors and firm financial performance based on evidence from 100 publicly listed firms in Malaysia from 2010 to 2014. Our findings indicate that the presence of at least one female director on the board is positively associated with firm financial performance. However, we find no statistically significant link between having a higher proportion of female directors or the presence of a female CEO-chair on financial performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia
EditorsNuttawuth Muenjohn, Adela McMurray
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781137579409
ISBN (Print)9781137579386
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2017


  • female board participation
  • emerging economy firm boards
  • board diversity
  • corporate governance

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