The Role of Gender and Ethnic Diversity on the Performance of Malaysian Private Companies

Brahmana, Rayenda Khresna and Mohd Razali, Mohd Waliuddin and Yau, Hu Wei (2016) The Role of Gender and Ethnic Diversity on the Performance of Malaysian Private Companies. In: The 18th Malaysian Finance Association Annual Conference (MFAC) 2016 and The 7th Islamic Banking, Accounting and Finance Conference (IBAF) 2016, Equatorial Hotel Melaka, Malaysia.


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This study examines the effect of gender diversity and board diversity on Malaysian firm performance. This study is different from other studies because instead of using publicly listed companies, it uses 3,735 private companies over 2009-2014. We find that gender has no significant effect on the firm performance but firm’s characteristics such as firm age, firm’s size, liquidity, and leverage have significant effects on the firm performance. Our research further indicates that ethnic diversity in the board of directors may give better performance to companies. This research implies two important findings for the policy makers. First, the encouragement of gender equality to private companies by policy maker may fail as it does not have any impact. Second, policy maker should not consider ethnic diversity in the board as part of policy because it may reduce the firm performance

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender, Ethnic, Board Diversity, Firm Performance, Private Companies, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Mohd Razali
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 02:27
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2018 02:27

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