Impact of the female board members and gaps in linguistic gender marking on cross-border M&A

Ofra Bazel-Shoham, Sang Mook Lee, Michael J. Rivera, Amir Shoham

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This research focuses on how the gender composition of a multinational board and linguistic gender marking gaps between home and host countries impact the extent of cross-border M&A activity. We argue, both theoretically and empirically, that the presence of female directors impacts cross-border M&As. Using an instrumental variable approach, we demonstrate that this effect is causal. Innovatively, we measure gaps in linguistic gender marking between home and host countries, and find that larger gaps also reduce cross-border M&As. Finally, we show that small gaps in linguistic gender marking moderate the effect of female presence in boardroom on cross-border M&As. ‎

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100909
JournalJournal of World Business
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2020


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing

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