Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2011 (Revised December 2013)

Boardroom Change in Norway

by Jay W. Lorsch and Melissa Barton


In 2003, the Norwegian Parliament amended the Public Limited Companies Act in order to achieve greater representation of women on corporate boards. According to the amendment, all state-owned companies and public limited companies were required to have at least 40% women on their boards. This case uses first-hand accounts from Norwegian directors to document the Norwegian business community's reaction to the quota, how Norwegian boards sought women directors, and the transferability of the quota law to other nations.

Keywords: Laws and Statutes; Gender; Corporate Governance; Norway;


Lorsch, Jay W., and Melissa Barton. "Boardroom Change in Norway." Harvard Business School Case 411-089, April 2011. (Revised December 2013.)