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Guest talk

Prof. Dr. Carla Millar

(Ashridge at Hult International Business School, UK / University of Twente, The Netherlands)

Corporate Governance and the Impact of Women on Boards

Corporate governance is about structures of rights and responsibilities of management and supervision levels in companies and extends to include all stakeholders in the local environment. Good, effective CG is dependent on both formal and informal institutions prevalent in this environment and CG includes both moral and formal rights and responsibilities, not only rules and regulations. Gender composition in corporate boards is very much in the news at the moment. Research has found that women bring value to the boardroom in a number of ways. Much research looks at the impact of women on boards and firm value and some find, after controlling for size, industry, and other corporate governance measures, significant positive relationships, whereas others do not. Then there is the issue of how many women should one have on the board? What is different about board dynamics and the contributions of women when there are one, two, or three or more on the board? Within the scope of this talk, we will look at what Corporate Governance means, we will go through a number of research findings, and discuss the impact of women on boards.

Carla Millar is a Fellow of Ashridge at Hult International Business School, and a senior professor of International Marketing and Management at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. This follows a career as Dean and CEO of TSM Business School, CEO of City University London's Management Development Centre, professor of International Marketing, Head of the Department of Marketing and Director of the International Management Research & Innovation Centre (IMRIC) at the University of Greenwich, UK, full professorship at RUG, Groningen, NL, and positons as visiting professor at ANU, Canberra, AUS; Maribor, Slovenia; Essec, Paris, France and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia. Carla Millar is an active Ambassador for the advancement of women in academic careers, and has served for many years as member of the Board of the Dutch Network of Female Professors, as Secretary of the Academy of International Business (UK) and Treasurer of the Academy of Marketing (UK).

Talk within the scope of the seminar "Corporate Governance of Public Organizations"
Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 2.15–3.45 p.m. | SRG 1 | room 2.028
Professorship of Higher Education

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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