ERIC Number: ED496447
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
In the Boardroom, Culture Counts
Axelrod, Nancy R.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v13 n3 May-Jun 2005
Many higher education leaders are adopting measures that may contribute to better governance, but unless they also look at how the phenomenon of culture shapes the way their board members behave as a group, they will miss the forest for the trees. The best trustees and presidents grasp the paradox of assembling a number of highly competent individuals only to find that the result is an incompetent group and recognize that the tone at the top--or the values that the chief executive and board chair bring to their responsibilities as "chief board development officers"--has a major effect on the board's culture. They know that building a healthy governance culture is an ongoing process, not an intermittent task. Too often, leaders ignore the important issue of board culture. This article describes current research that offers some insight on this too often neglected dimension of board building.
Descriptors: Governing Boards, Trustees, College Presidents, Higher Education, Values, Board Administrator Relationship, Organizational Culture, Teamwork, Politics of Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Governance, Decision Making Skills, Interpersonal Competence, Trust (Psychology), Conflict Resolution, Responsibility, Accountability, Inspection
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.