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Governance in the UK public sector: The involvement of the governing board

Farrell, C.M. ORCID: 2005. Governance in the UK public sector: The involvement of the governing board. Public Administration 83 (1) , pp. 89-110. 10.1111/j.0033-3298.2005.00439.x

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Governing boards are a prominent feature of many public sector organizations today. These boards have been modelled on the private sector board of directors. Like company boards, one of their main functions is to provide strategic leadership and policy direction for the organization. The role of managers and chief executives is to implement this. This paper examines the extent of involvement of one public sector board, the school governing body, in strategic activity. Using empirical evidence from a number of semi‐structured interviews conducted in schools, its findings indicate that governing bodies are not involved at a high level in strategy within schools. Rather, headteachers are more likely to be undertaking this activity. Reflections are made about the relevance of the ‘board of directors’ model for both governing bodies and the public sector more generally.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Wiley: 24 months
ISSN: 0033-3298
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 13:34

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