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March 23, 2015


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Daria, I totally agree with the thrust of this post. Yet, even if a researcher could embed himself or herself on a board of directors to study effects of diversity on board process, this, too, would have inherent limitations as a research methodology. Among other things, the researcher's presence may impact the board's decision-making. Also, a single-firm study will carry little weight, and it's unlikely that enough boards of varying types would ever consent to have researchers observe them in order to be able to assure a reasonable sample for a representative multi-firm study. But every attempt at new and better methodologies may help tease out small pieces of the puzzle. So, it's all worth a try, imho.

Kim Krawiec

All good points, Joan. And reinforces John's point that all methods of social science research have limitations.

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