This book provides an in-depth comparative exploration of gender diversity in corporate leadership roles in China and India.

Set in the context of changing corporate governance norms, it utilises both quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand the key determinants of gender disparity. It identifies global-, national-, and enterprise-level factors shaping gender diversity in the corporate boardroom and measures their economic, political, and socio-cultural impacts on two of the world’s largest economies. The book draws upon narratives of women leaders to bridge the gap between theory and data, examining possible solutions to achieve gender parity in organisational hierarchies.

Topical and detailed, this book will be an essential read for scholars, practitioners, and researchers of gender studies, corporate governance, business studies, human resource management, public policy, social anthropology, and Asian studies.

1.National determinants of board gender diversity in China and India: An overview Introduction 2. Background: theoretical and methodological approaches 3. Results of Phase I; the global study 4. Corporate governance in China and India: Recursivity and divergence in the evolution of regulatory institutions. 5. Results of Phase II: organisational determinants of board gender diversity in China and India 6. Attitudes toward gender roles and affirmative action for gender diversity in China and India 7. Discussion and conclusions.