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Improving the value of voluntary boards

Cornforth, Chris (1999). Improving the value of voluntary boards. Journal of Voluntary Action, 1(2)

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Abstract

In recent years there has been growing concern about the ability of voluntary boards to govern public and voluntary organisations effectively. This has led to a burgeoning prescriptive literature that attempts to set out the responsibilities, roles and tasks of governing bodies. Yet there is often a large gap between these prescriptions and the reality of governance as revealed by empirical studies. This study aimed to help reduce that gap by examining in detail the working of boards and the constraints and dilemmas they face. The research examined how boards select and develop board members, the relationship between boards and senior management or staff, and what boards contribute to their organisations. Based on these findings, the paper sets out some recommendations for improving the value of voluntary boards.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 1999 Volunteering England
ISSN: 1465-4067
Academic Unit/Department: Open University Business School
Item ID: 15391
Depositing User: Users 9 not found.
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2009 11:15
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2012 09:57
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/15391
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