Beverley Edlin

Doctor of Business and Administration, (Corporate Governance)
Study Completed: 2007
Massey Business School


Thesis Title
Boardroom Decision-making: Determinants of effectiveness

Ms Edlin examined a board of directors who were perceived by business professionals as being an effective decision-making group. Using directly observed board deliberations, her thesis provides a descriptive view of board activity. This was achieved, firstly, by analysing the processes and behaviours occurring within a boardroom and, secondly, aligning the determinants of decision-making with measures of board effectiveness. Results were analysed using applied qualitative methodology and ethnostatistics. The thesis challenges currently held theoretical perspectives of board behaviour by advocating that pooling and sharing information transcends opportunism. It advocates that board effectiveness reflects the role that the board adopts for itself. The findings highlight areas for further research: CEO-Chair relationships, director selection processes, management involvement, and building a theory of governance embedded in the concept of unfettered decision-making as opposed to management control.

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