Evaluating the effectiveness of corporate boards
Authors: Nordberg, D. and Booth, R.
Journal: Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society
Purpose – This paper examines how board evaluations have emerged as an important tool in public policy and corporate practice for enhancing board effectiveness.
Design/methodology/approach – We review the extensive literature on effectiveness and the emerging literature on board evaluation to identify ways to assess the current policy direction for external evaluation of corporate boards.
Findings – The paper develops an integrated framework of effectiveness that can be used as a tool for board evaluation, in particular for externally facilitated exercises.
Research limitations/implications – Through its integration of prior conceptual work this paper advances our theoretical understanding of this emerging part of policy and practice, with to-date lack much empirical basis. Practical implications – The framework we develop shows ways to focus how the practice is conducted by boards and external evaluators alike.
Social implications – It can also help policy formation by pointing out the limitations as well as benefits of various policy options.
Originality/value – In pointing to ways to develop study of the field through empirical research it provides direction for future academic research. It also identifies a need for and direction toward the professionalization of practice.