Gender balance in the governance of social enterprise

Lyon, Fergus ORCID: and Humbert, Anne L. (2013) Gender balance in the governance of social enterprise. Working Paper. TSRC. .

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There are high expectations placed on social enterprises as alternative forms shaping local economies. However, little is known about how they are governed and their accountability to their local communities. The gender balance of their governing boards and representation of women is therefore an important issue. This paper makes a contribution to examining the claims of greater equality proposed by social enterprises. The results draw on an analysis of a survey of 825 social enterprises and show there is a more equal gender balance in social enterprise governance compared to the private sector. The survey also finds that women are still under-represented on boards when considered as a proportion of the population or the proportion of women’s employment in social enterprises. There is also considerable sectoral concentration and a smaller proportion of women on boards of larger organisations. Social enterprises have the potential to be alternative spaces to encourage greater representation of women in the governance of local economies, but at present there continues to be an imbalance.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: Third Sector Research Centre, Working Paper 107
Keywords (uncontrolled): Social enterprise, boards, governance, gender, women
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)
Item ID: 20634
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Depositing User: Stanislava Angelova
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2016 13:14
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 04:15

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