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ERIC Number: EJ977113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2046-9012
Board Member Development in the Public, Voluntary and Social Housing Sectors
Ward, Carolyn; Preece, David
European Journal of Training and Development, v36 n6 p630-645 2012
Purpose: Given a number of recent and ongoing changes to the role and responsibilities of executive and non-executive board members of UK social housing organisations, the paper aims to offer a literature review which explores the development provision for board members within such organisations. The paper's key question is: "How are executive and non-executive board members being prepared for these changes?" Design/methodology/approach: A systematic literature review was undertaken, based on the main business and management databases. This was followed by a thematic analysis to uncover what we know about executive and non-executive board member training and development within the public and voluntary sectors, in particular within UK social housing organisations. Findings: Despite the increasingly important role of boards in the not-for-profit sector, only a limited number of publications focusing on human resource development (HRD) issues were found. The literature did provide some insight into the HRD experiences of executive and non-executive board members. The majority of papers centred on leadership and governance matters, mainly board effectiveness, performance and "board capital", rather than human capital. In so far as board member development is discussed, it is mainly in relation to their recruitment to the board and the sort of skills required, with little attention given to matters such as succession planning and member development. Research limitations/implications: Given the limited extent of research to date into executive and non-executive board development in social housing organisations, it follows that there is limited knowledge of what is--or is not--happening in practice. This highlights the need for more empirical research, on the basis of which it should be possible to offer suggestions for changes to/improvements in board member development activities. Originality/value: The paper reviews the current state of knowledge relating to executive and non-executive board member development in not-for-profit and social housing organisations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom