Rita Goyal

PHD Student

Rita Goyal

Rita Goyal

Academic Area(s): Marketing & Reputation
Supervisor(s): Professor Andrew Kakabadse, Professor Nada Korac Kakabadse
Research Topic(s): Diversity of Perspective: Impact of Director Experience on Board Effectiveness in FTSE Companies
rita.goyal@pgr.reading.ac.uk

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Academic Profile

Areas of Interest:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Board Effectiveness
  • Board Diversity
  • Women on Board

Rita is a fourth-year Doctoral Researcher at M&R, Henley Business School, University of Reading. Her PhD research is on board diversity and its impact on boards' role-effectiveness. In her pursuit of research studies, she has interviewed chairpersons, CEOs and board directors of top listed and private companies in the UK. She has published two co-authored articles in reputable journals and a book chapter in a Routledge book on Women on Boards. She has successfully co-authored in the realm of board governance for prestigious fora such as EGOS, EURAM, BAM, ICGS, and Gender, Work & Organisations conferences. She has presented her research findings in many practitioners' conferences. Rita regularly peer-reviews for top journals and conferences; she also has worked on other research projects at Henley Business School, and has mentored two PhD students as well as being Social Rep. for her PhD colleagues.

Before beginning her research with Henley Business School, Rita worked in the fast track Indian Civil Services for two decades in various middle and senior management roles. Rita holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a postgraduate degree in History with a silver medal in her university in India. She speaks Hindi and English fluently, and has elementary proficiency in Spanish. She likes to travel, read and watch movies.

Qualifications & Publications

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2018, forthcoming). ‘Reasons and possible remedies for the gender diversity deficit on boards within the UK’s soft-law regime: Directors’ perspective’, Journal of Business Diversity 18(1)

Kakabadse, A., Goyal, R., and Kakabadse, N. (2018). ‘Value creating boards – Diversity and evolved processes’. Journal of Creating Value. (April 2018). Available at https://doi.org/10.1177/2394964318765287

Book chapters

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., Morais, F., and Kakabadse, A. (2018). ‘Gender diversity on boards in Norway and the UK: A different approach to governance or a case of path dependency?’ in Aluchna, M. and Aras, G. (Eds), Women on Corporate Boards. An International Perspective, Routledge

Reports

Kakabadse, A., Kakabadse, N., Moore, P., Morais, F., and Goyal, R. (2017). Conflict and tension in the boardroom – How managing disagreements improves board dynamics. Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrator (ICSA), London. Available at https://www.icsa.org.uk/knowledge/research/the-conflict-and-tension-in-the-boardroom-report

Practitioners’ publications

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2017). Board diversity in the UK – Policy and Practice. Tolley’s CSR – 89 Company Service, LexisNexis (RELX – UK), London

Works in progress

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2018). ‘Chair’s role in promoting board effectiveness through boardroom diversity’. Journal of Long Range Planning. (Article is being finalised before submission to the journal)

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2018). ‘Discrimination in boards and the quotas for diversity – Reason and remedy of board homogeneity in the UK’. Journal of Business Ethics. (Article is being finalised before submission to the journal.)

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2018). ‘Making boards effective with the diversity of perspective among directors – A conceptual approach’. (A conceptual paper – journal for publication is yet to be decided)

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2018). ‘Broadening the meaning of board diversity in the listed companies of the UK – Directors’ perspective’. (An empirical paper – journal for publication is yet to be decided)

Conference Presentations & Acceptance

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2018). ‘Gender diversity on boards: Going beyond the binaries of attributes, rationales, and approaches’. Gender, Work and Organisation, 10th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, 3-16 June 2018, Sydney, Australia (Paper accepted)

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2018). ‘Quota warriors – How the age and gender of board members influence their approach to the promotion of gender diversity on boards.’ EURAM 2018, Research in Action – Accelerating knowledge creation in management Conference, 19-22nd June, 2018, Reykjavik, Iceland (Paper accepted)

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2018). ‘UK listed companies’ board members’ values: What is the impact on wealth creation?’. The First Global Conference on Creating Value, 23-24 May 2018, Leicester, UK

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2017). ‘Discrimination against women on their path to directorships and the lack of gender diversity on UK boards’. BAM2017 – Re-connecting Management Research with the Disciplines: Shaping the Research Agenda for Social Sciences (Track 6: Gender in Management), University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, 5–7 September

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2017). ‘Chair’s discretionary capability to promote board effectiveness through boardroom diversity’, ICGS2017 – Corporate Power and Corporate Governance: Balancing Value Creation with Stakeholder Accountability, LUISS Business School, Rome, Italy, 2–3 September

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2017). ‘Reasons and possible remedies for the gender diversity deficit on boards within the UK’s soft-law regime: Directors’ perspective’, EGOS – The Good Organisation – Aspirations, Interventions, Struggles, (31: Gender, Governance and Organizations), Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark, 6–8 July, 2017

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2017). ‘Achieving gender balance on British boards with the soft-law approach: Directors’, EURAM 2017 – Managing Knowledge: Making Knowledge Work, Glasgow, UK, 21–24 June, 2017

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2016). ‘Making boards effective through the diversity of perspective’. Value Creating Board Seminar, University of Witten, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 1–3 July

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2016). ‘Board effectiveness in UK-listed companies with deep-level board diversity of perspective’. Understanding Corporate Governance workshop, Toulouse Business School, Barcelona, Spain, 7–8 June

Goyal, R., Morais, F., Kakabadse, N., and Kakabadse, A. (2016). ‘Gender diversity and board effectiveness: A research approach’. The Henley Centre for Governance, Accountability & Responsible Investment (GARI) Third International Conference (GARI) 2016 – The Globalisation of Corporate Governance: Does Compliance Kill Values and Enterprise? University of Reading, Henley-on-Thames, UK, 18–19 April

Practitioners’ conferences

Be brave – confidence and identity, The Henley Women in Leadership Forum, U+I London, 8 November 2016. Available at http://www.henley.ac.uk/news/news-item/women-in-leadership-forum-be-brave-event-report

Diversity on boards: Broadening the meaning to improve board effectiveness, Journalists Regatta, Henley Business School, 28 June 2017. Available at http://www.henley.ac.uk/files/pdf/events/17_MKT_107_Diversity_on_Boards_Journalists_Regatta_2017v3.pdf

Other Ouput

Research in media

Organizations focus on gender diversity for a reason, CIPD People Management. Available at http://www2.cipd.co.uk/pm/peoplemanagement/b/weblog/archive/2017/06/30/why-storytelling-in-the-workplace-can-improve-how-teams-function.aspx

Boards need diverse experiences – including, and beyond, gender. Leading Insights. Available at https://www.henley.ac.uk/news/...

Project application(s)

EqUIP - EU- India Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities. Call for collaborative research proposals. Sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections, 2017

Reviewing for journals/conferences

Rita is regularly reviewing academic submissions for various organisations/conferences such as Academy of Management (AoM), European Group for Organisational Studies (EGOS), European Academy of Management (EURAM) and Journal of Creating Value (Sage Publishing)