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THE IMPACT OF BOARD DIVERSITY ON OPERATING PERFORMANCE AND FIRM RISK: EVIDENCE FROM THE ITALIAN MARKETDownload This Article
This paper analyses the relationship between board diversity and some board operating performance but also the relationship between board diversity and enterprise risk. The analyses, carried out on a sample of 249 Italian companies during the period 2006-2009, show that diversity affects the operating performance of the board. The results show a significant positive relationship between the presence of independent women board directors and the frequency of the board meetings, but a negative relationship between the number of meetings and the nationality diversity. With regard to the intermediate performance, there is a significant relationship with gender diversity. Besides, the analysis shows a negative relationship between firm systematic risk and number of foreign directors.
Keywords: Board Diversity, Board of Directors, Audit Committee, Risk, Corporate Governance
How to cite this paper: Cucinelli, D. (2013). The impact of board diversity on operating performance and firm risk: Evidence from the Italian market. Corporate Ownership & Control, 10(2), 91-103. http://doi.org/10.22495/cocv10i2art7