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Chairman of the board: demographic effects on role pursuit

Kakabadse, N. K. and Kakabadse, A. P. (2007) Chairman of the board: demographic effects on role pursuit. Journal of Management Development. 26(2), pp. 169-192. 0262-1711.

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Abstract: Purpose – This paper aims to undertake a study of national configurational demographics in order to determine the spread of understanding of the chairman's role, performance and contribution. Design/methodology/approach – Qualitative methodology, exploratory in nature through in-depth interviews and workshop discussion involving 103 UK, US and Australian participants, was undertaken. Findings – The role of chairman is considered as having a distinct effect on board dynamics, role and contribution and the monitoring and support of management. Nine demographic factors are identified as affecting the manner in which the role of chairman is exercised in the UK, USA and Australia. Research limitations/implications – The findings of this qualitative exploratory study need to be integrated into a quantitative empirical survey in order to ascertain the validity of the results to date. Practical implications – The two key conclusions highlight the requirement for governance due diligence, examining the financial and competitive strength of the organisation as well as uncovering contextual sensitivities. Originality/value – Insufficient attention has been given to the role of chairman. The study offers additional insight on how demographic factors influence the shaping and determination of the role of chairman. This paper should be of interest to practitioners, consultants, line managers, board members, chairmen, management academics and business studies students.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chairmen; demographics; boards; management roles; senior management; non-executive directors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2709 Corporations > HD2745 Directors of corporations
Creators: Kakabadse, Nada K and Kakabadse, Andrew P
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Business & Law > Business and International Management (to 2010)
Faculties > Faculty of Business & Law > International Strategy & Business
Date: 2007
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 169-192
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Management Development
Volume: 26
Number: 2
Language: English
ISSN: 0262-1711
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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