This study aims to investigate the effect of boardroom diversity on Chinese listed firms' operating performance. Incorporating gender, age, tenure, and professional background of board member's attributes into a composite diversity index, the results show that boardroom diversity positively affects operating performance. However, when taking strategic change into consideration, the results indicate that the firms with larger strategic change tend to have a negative correlation between boardroom diversity and operating performance, whereas the correlation is positive if firms with smaller strategic. This study expects to fill the literature gap by extending the understanding of boardroom-diversity-performance relationship in the emerging context.
Emerging Markets Finance and Trade 55(11), p.2448-2472