Inaugural lecture by Professor Sabina Nielsen

Sabina Nielsen's inaugural speech will discuss various forms of diversity in upper echelons and elaborate on the antecedents and consequences of the increased diversity in top management and boards of directors observed over the last decade.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 15:15 to 17:00

Sabina Nielsen, Professor

Diversity in Leadership – so what?

Diversity in the upper echelons of organizations spurs vivid debates in both academia and practice. From gender quotas for boards of directors to increased internationalization of top executives, we observe that the demographic composition of upper echelons is changing. Yet, we are still struggling to understand the consequences of these “new” forms of diversity for organizations. We need a better conceptualization of various types of diversity or answering the question “diversity of what?” before exploring the ultimate question of “so what?”. This inaugural speech will discuss the underlying reasons for traditionally low levels of diversity among upper echelons and provide explanations for why albeit slowly such tendencies are changing. Professor Sabina Nielsen will outline the behavioral and economic consequences of diversity on top management teams and boards of directors. Does it ultimately matter for firm strategy and performance if the demographic composition of top decision-makers is changing?


  • 15:15-15:20  - Welcome by Alan Irwin, Dean of Research CBS

  • 15:20-15:25  - Introduction by Jens Gammelgaard, Head of the Department of International Economics and Management

  • 15:25-16:00 -  Diversity in Leadership – So What? by Professor Sabina Nielsen

  • 16:00-17:00 -  Reception

After the inaugural lecture, the Department of International Economics and Management will host a reception in the Atrium in Kilen (Ground floor).

CBS, Kilevej 14, 2000 Frederiksberg, room Ks54 (Ground floor)
Link to map of Kilen (floor plans)

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