The nonprofit board as a team : pilot results and initial insights

Nicholson, Gavin J., Newton, Cameron J., & McGregor-Lowndes, Myles (2012) The nonprofit board as a team : pilot results and initial insights. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 22(4), pp. 383-528.

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There is a growing desire for boards of nonprofits to deliver better governance to the organizations they control. Consequently, self-evaluation has become an important tool for nonprofit boards to meet these expectations and demonstrate that they are discharging their responsibilities effectively. This article describes initial results aimed at developing a psychometrically sound, survey-based board evaluation instrument, based on the Team Development Survey (TDS), that assesses the team attributes of an organization’s board. Our results indicate that while constructs applicable to teams generally appear to apply to boards, there are also important differences. We highlight how a perception of board objective clarity, appropriate skills mix, resource availability, and psychological safety were positively and significantly associated with measures of board, management and organizational performance.

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ID Code: 48391
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Funders: ARC
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Keywords: self-evaluation, corporate governance, psychometrical evaluation
DOI: 10.1002/nml.21040
ISSN: 1048-6682
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Accounting Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified (150199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Jossey-Bass Inc
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2012 22:11
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 10:27

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