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An insight view on board faultlines: company secretaries' perception of board faultlines, their effect on board performance and strategies to increase board cohesiveness

Study level

Master of Philosophy

Faculty/Lead unit

QUT Business School

School of Accountancy

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Professor Ellie Chapple
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
QUT Business School
Dr Elisabeth Sinnewe
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
QUT Business School

Overview

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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