The Research on Women Independent Board Directors in Turkey

Ahu Tuğba Karabulut, Hümeyra Nur Hatipoğlu


The main aim of this study is to explore the profiles of women independent board directors in BIST 100 companies and members of the Association of Woman on board of Directors (AWBD) in Turkey. The depth interviews were conducted with nine women independent board directors. Questions were asked related to their backgrounds, expectations, reasons and process of their appointments, their contributions to the companies, their positions on the board of directors, their relations with the chairmen and other directors, expectations of companies from directors, and pathways for women to be board directors. It is find out that they are appointed due to their qualifications such as education, experience, expertise and networks. They want to make contributions to their current companies and be appointed as directors of boards of other companies as well. They try to develop good relations with the chairmen and other directors of the board. Also, they try to improve their performances. This study is a unique study with its approach and findings. Its questions were developed by authors based on the literature review and their knowledge in the field. These comprehensive questions were not asked to women board directors before especially in Turkey.


Women Board Director, Independent Women Board Director, Woman Board Directorship in Turkey

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