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Journal of Management Studies





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A corporate board’s work is largely dependent on the collective contributions of inividual directors. Thus, greater board diversity, with its commensurate knowledge complementarity, should stimulate better board discussions when members actively participate. Without the participation of underrepresented directors, however, the potential benefits of board diversity are lost. Herein we examine the drivers of underrepresented directors’ participation in board meetings. Departing from prior studies that often used a single-level, compositional view of board diversity, we explore the antecedents of individual underrepresented director participation with a multi-level, multi-theoretic model. We find strong empirical support for our model, derived from detailed board of director meeting transcripts, offering several theoretical contrbutions to the literature.


"This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: "From seats at the Table to Voices in the Discussion: Antecedents of Underrepresented Director Participation in Board Meetings" by C. S. Tuggle, D.G. Sirmon, C. J. Borgholthaus, L. Bierman, and A.E. Bass in Journal of Management Studies, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited."

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