Study level

Master of Philosophy


QUT Business School

School of Accountancy

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Professor Ellie Chapple
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law
Dr Elisabeth Sinnewe
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law


According to faultline theory, imposing board diversity criteria on corporate board can split the board into subgroups, which negatively impact on board performance by reducing effective communication between directors, instigating frictions and negative group dynamics. The role of the company secretary has been found to be pivotal in managing information blows and brokering meaningful relationships between board members. Company secretaries are therefore in a key position to provide insights into what can potentially cause frictions on boards and offer guidance on how to resolve these frictions.

If you are interested in researching this topic as part of a Master of Philosophy (Accountancy), and you are applying to commence your degree in Semester 1, 2020, you may be eligible for a School of Accountancy Accelerate Scholarship.


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