Developing Board Effectiveness

By: Dr Rachel Duffy

The search to develop board effectiveness has stimulated a plethora of research seeking to answer the ultimate question: What makes a high performing board? It is hoped that answering this will help to improve governance practice and develop board effectiveness. Based on what we now know, are we now asking the right question? And are we looking in the right place for the answers?

This research paper, a finalist in the 2016 research competition, the author aims to share insights from their doctoral research and insights from their experiences of working with NHS Boards. The paper introduces the context in which this practice-based research rests, taking into consideration is known about board effectiveness, the contribution of governance practice, and in particular the practice of board evaluation. The author then shares some of the insights of their research and personal practice before considering the opportunity this presents for developing board effectiveness, and the OD community and profession.