A model for improving board performance : the case of a national sport organisation

Ferkins, Lesley, McDonald, Gael and Shilbury, David 2010, A model for improving board performance : the case of a national sport organisation, Journal of management and organization, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 601-621.

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Title A model for improving board performance : the case of a national sport organisation
Author(s) Ferkins, Lesley
McDonald, Gael
Shilbury, David
Journal name Journal of management and organization
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 601
End page 621
Total pages 21
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd.
Place of publication Maleny, Qld.
Publication date 2010-09-01
ISSN 1833-3672
1758-7247
Keyword(s) sport governance
non-profits
national sport organisations
board strategic capability
governance
action research
Summary The transition of many sport organisations from being predominantly volunteer-administered and anchored in an amateur ethos to professionally managed entities has created unique challenges for the governance of sport. This paper provides a contribution to the governance literature through the presentation of a situational case where a four-stage model, drawn from an action research approach, has been used for developing a board’s strategic capability and subsequent improvement in organisational performance.

Action research is founded on the premise that change and research are not mutually exclusive and that dual foci on improving practice and developing theory are possible (Coghlan & Brannick, 2001). Utilising a national sport organisation (NSO) in New Zealand the study developed and tested a structured model for improving board functioning and, specifically, strategic contribution.

While the case to which the model has been applied is an NSO, the model and the subsequent reflections have value for non-profit as well as commercial entities particularly with regard to a greater understanding of the mechanisms associated with balancing the performance and conformance roles of the board.
Language eng
Field of Research 150404 Sport and Leisure Management
Socio Economic Objective 950102 Organised Sports
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032168

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