Brian Amble, sur le site Management issues, nous présente les conclusions d’une étude décennalle sur les nominations aux postes de direction d’entreprises britanniques.
(…) it seems that the old cliché, « it’s not what you know but who you know », remains true as far as boardroom appointments go.
Because according to a 10-year study of appointments to the boards of British companies, you are about four times as likely to be made a director if you are a member of the same golf club as a serving member of the board and almost twice as likely if you are a member of the same private club.
According to Dr Helen Simpson, (…) : « Our findings suggest social connections through private members’ clubs and golf clubs – as well as networks of contacts established through existing boardroom positions – may play a role in shaping who gains a seat on a board.
« Being a member of a golf club seems to be associated with a higher probability of gaining a board seat.
« But what appears to be more strongly related to the likelihood of being appointed is being a member of the same golf club as a director who already sits on the board. »