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The influence of executive board national culture and board nationality diversity on corporate social performance in Western European non-financial firms
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies. University of Groningen.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the effect of executive board-level national culture and board nationality diversity on corporate social performance (CSP). The sample constitutes of 130 executive boards of non-financial firms from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK over the time period 2010-2014. Based on the upper echelon theory and the notion of national culture, board-level national culture is determined across Hofstede’s dimensions of power distance, individualism, masculinity and power distance. In this paper, no evidence is provided of a significant relationship between board-level national culture and the corporate social performance of the firm. In addition, nationality diversity as a double-edged sword could both enhance and hamper CSP. In this research, no significant relationship between board nationality diversity and CSP is found. In conclusion, alterations of the board composition in terms of nationality in order to foster CSP seem unjustified based on the results of this paper.

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2017. , p. 42
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National culture, board culture, board diversity, nationality diversity, corporate social performance, upper echelon theory
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-316464OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-316464DiVA, id: diva2:1077895
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Business Studies
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Available from: 2017-03-02 Created: 2017-03-01 Last updated: 2017-03-02Bibliographically approved

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