Staff profile: Professor Silke Machold


 Professor Silke Machold

Professor of Corporate Governance and Dean of Research (Interim)

Contact  Direct line: 01902 323970



  • The Research Hub, MD150, Ambika Paul Building, City Campus South, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY
  • University of Wolverhampton Business School, MN Building, City Campus North, Wolverhampton WV1 1AD           
Areas of expertise

Corporate governance, Board effectiveness, Gender diversity


My academic career began in European Studies and I completed a doctorate in the area of political economy of transition. Since joining the Business School, I have developed research in the field of corporate governance which has included work on board effectiveness, normative foundations of corporate governance and gender diversity in boards and upper echelons. I teach and consult on these topics in the UK and overseas.

Academic qualifications

PhD: "Local-level policies for small firm sector development in Russia and Hungary: A comparative analysis" (University of Wolverhampton)

BA (Hons) Languages for Business and Information Technology (First Class Honours with Distinction for Spoken Language Performance in English and Russian) (CNAA)
Teaching interests

Organisational Theory, Corporate Governance , CSR.

Corporate and community engagement

I regularly present my research to practitioner audiences, including presentations to the Scottish Life Science Directors Association, Business in the Community (BITC), and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). I also work with a number of private, public and not-for-profit organisations on governance, board development and board evaluations. I am also facilitator of the City Board Wolverhampton. Other projects include:
Regional Growth Fund Green Shoots and Green Shoots Plus co-investigator for Green Shoots and member of Investment Decision Board of Green Shoots Plus
Gender-Equal Management Approach (funded by an EU Justice Progress grant) in collaboration with the Slovenian, Croatian, Bulgarian and Macedonian employers’ associations.

Governance of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in a Service-Dominant Logic (Funded by H2020) Academic Supervisor for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship with Dr Daniel Yar Hamidi and Board Governance (Denmark); NACRO – Training in Qualitative Research Methods

Professional body membership and roles

European Academy of Management (board member)

British Academy of Management (member)

International Teachers Programme (member)

Research interests My research interests are in corporate governance and especially board behaviours and performance from strategic management and OB perspectives. Recent projects investigated board behaviours, board task performance, and board leadership in different organisational settings. I have also been involved in a number of international projects focusing on the determinants and effects of gender diversity on boards.
PhD supervision

Areas of supervision
Boards of directors: behaviours, interactions, board performance, women on boards; Gender diversity

Completed supervisions
2011: The impact of board processes on board role performance and effectiveness: An empirical study of UK listed companies.
2013: Investigating absorptive capacity in boards: Corporate governance and the value creating board
2013: Networking performance: A study of the benefits of business networking in the West Midlands
2016: An investigation of CSR as a source of Corporate Political Power
2017: Determinants of Board Processes: Trust in the Boardroom

Current supervisions
Learning in boards of directors
Islamic banking and the role of Shariah boards
Managing gender diversity in Nigerian hotels
Strengthening corporate governance with new media for widened employee voice

External academic roles

External Visiting Appointments

USEK Kaslik, Lebanon (2013), D’Annunzio University Pescara/Chieti (2015)

Invited guest lecturer/plenary speaker at University of Shanghai and Shenzhen Polytechnic (China), University of Tirana (Albania), Witten-Herdecke University (Germany), BI Norwegian Business School (Norway), Onati Institute and Toulouse Business School, Barcelona Campus (Spain)

Editorial and review roles

Editor International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics
Editorial Board member Cambridge Elements in Corporate Governance series, Cambridge University Press
Grant reviewer for FWO Flemish Research Council, Marsden Fund (Royal Society of New Zealand), EU 7th Framework programme, The Knowledge Foundation (Sweden)

Contributions to academic societies

Vice-President (Governance) European Academy of Management (2014-current)
Chair and co-chair EURAM Corporate Governance SIG (2009-2012)

External Examiner

PhD examiner for University of Tor Vergata (Italy), University of Witten Herdecke (Germany), University of Huddersfield, University of Coventry, University of Chieti-Pescara and The University of Queensland

Selected publications

Bellante, G., Berardi, L., Machold, S., Nissi, E., Rea, M. (forthcoming) Accountability, governance and performance in UK charities, International Journal of Business Performance Management,

Machold, S. (2016) Normative foundations of corporate governance and the ethic of care, in Sison, A.J.G. (ed.) The Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management, Springer ( doi:10.1007/978-94-007-6729-4_67-1)

Machold, S., Wang, W. (2015) Gender-equal management approach handbook, ISBN 978-961-937777-3-4, available from

Walker, A., Machold, S., Ahmed, P.K. (2015) Diversity and conflict in boards of directors: an exploratory study of personality traits, International Studies of Management and Organization, 45(1): 25-42.

Farquhar, S., Machold, S., Ahmed, P.K. (2014) Theorising director task performance over time: Insights from capture theory, International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, Special Issue edited by Gabrielsson et al., 9(1): 155-169.

Machold, S., Huse, M., Hansen, K., Brogi, M. (eds.) (2013) Women on Corporate Boards: A Snowball Starting in Norway, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Machold, S., Price, M. (2013) Corporate governance communication and value creation, Corporate Ownership and Control, 11(1): 394-405.

Machold, S., Farquhar, S. (2013) Board task evolution: A longitudinal field study from the UK, Corporate Governance: An International Review, 21(2):147-164.

Machold, S., Huse, M., Minichilli, A., Nordqvist, M. (2011) Board leadership and strategy involvement in small firms: A team production approach, Corporate Governance: An International Review, 19(4): 368-383.

Machold, S., Huse, M. (2010) The Emperor’s New Clothes: Learning from Crises?, International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 4 (1): 13-20.

Machold, S., Ahmed, P.K., Farquhar, S. (2008) Corporate governance and ethics: a feminist perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 81 (3): 665-678.