Quotation Kiefner, Valentin, Mohr, Alexander, Schumacher, Christian. 2022. Female executives and multinationals’ support of the UN's sustainable development goals. Journal of World Business. 57




We examine the effect of female representation in multinationals’ top management teams (TMTs) on firms’ support of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite the central importance of multinationals in achieving the SDGs, there has been little research on what drives their adoption by multinationals. We draw on social role theory and the literature on team decision-making to argue that female representation in TMTs increases multinationals’ support of the SDGs. We also find that the effect of female representation in TMTs on multinationals’ support of the SDGs varies with the level of international diversification.


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  • Sustainable development goals
  • gender representation
  • TMT
  • Sustainability, multinationals
  • International diversification

Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of World Business
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, VW-C, WH-A
Language English
Title Female executives and multinationals’ support of the UN's sustainable development goals
Volume 57
Year 2022
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1090951621001152
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2021.101304
Open Access N


Kiefner, Valentin (Details)
Mohr, Alexander (Details)
Schumacher, Christian (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Institute for International Business (Mohr) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
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