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Corporate governance in the new universities and colleges of higher education

Corporate governance in the new universities and colleges of higher education
Corporate governance in the new universities and colleges of higher education

There would seem to be little published research into the activities of Boards of Directors (termed Boards of Governors in Higher Education), although many publications contain lists of various suggested board responsibilities and duties. This thesis attempts to fill some of this knowledge gap. Based on the literature reviewed an initial list is put forward of twelve factors that would seem to be essential for effective board governance. The research programme subsequently focuses on the activities of boards of governors at eight New Universities and Colleges of Higher Education. The first research element matches the twelve effective governance factors against board activities as revealed by an analysis of the minutes of board meetings at three institutions. The second research element, by way of a questionnaire, based on the same effective governance factors and issued to five other institutions, reveals the perceptions of governors as to their own board's activities. From the evidence collected eight recommendations are put forward that are aimed at improving the effectiveness of Boards of Governors in The New Universities and Colleges of Higher Education. The effectiveness of Boards of Governors is however inevitability linked to the duties placed on them by the Government and other Bodies and several alternative scenarios are put forward for the future role of Boards of Governors.

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Bennett, Brian James
Bennett, Brian James

Bennett, Brian James (2001) Corporate governance in the new universities and colleges of higher education. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis.

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There would seem to be little published research into the activities of Boards of Directors (termed Boards of Governors in Higher Education), although many publications contain lists of various suggested board responsibilities and duties. This thesis attempts to fill some of this knowledge gap. Based on the literature reviewed an initial list is put forward of twelve factors that would seem to be essential for effective board governance. The research programme subsequently focuses on the activities of boards of governors at eight New Universities and Colleges of Higher Education. The first research element matches the twelve effective governance factors against board activities as revealed by an analysis of the minutes of board meetings at three institutions. The second research element, by way of a questionnaire, based on the same effective governance factors and issued to five other institutions, reveals the perceptions of governors as to their own board's activities. From the evidence collected eight recommendations are put forward that are aimed at improving the effectiveness of Boards of Governors in The New Universities and Colleges of Higher Education. The effectiveness of Boards of Governors is however inevitability linked to the duties placed on them by the Government and other Bodies and several alternative scenarios are put forward for the future role of Boards of Governors.

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Published date: 2001

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/466971
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Author: Brian James Bennett

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