Rethinking board composition: Balancing competence and compatibility in director selection

Elms, Natalie (2014) Rethinking board composition: Balancing competence and compatibility in director selection. In 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Reshaping Management for Impact, 3 – 5 December 2014, Sydney, N.S.W.

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Board composition is critical to board effectiveness. Shaping an effective board begins with the selection of directors. While much attention has been paid to the skills and qualifications directors require, there has been less focus on the necessity for board members to interact and work well together. This exploratory study offers insights into what qualities directors look for when selecting new members and the approach adopted to identify and select them. The findings of 10 in-depth interviews with Australian directors suggest new members are selected both on competencies and compatibility. Yet not all selection approaches adequately assess candidates for these two criteria. As a result many appointments fail to realise the selection criteria reducing capacity to reach its full potential.

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ID Code: 81858
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Board composition, Board effectiveness, Board of directors, Director selection
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement (150303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 19 Jul 2015 23:14
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2015 05:25

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