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Boards That Excel by B. Joseph White

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CHAPTER 5

Do Things Right

The Process of Great Governance

A board is a work group—senior, consequential, and privileged—but a work group nonetheless. As such, the determinants of its effectiveness are well known: people, structure, and process.

Work Group E[f_f]ectiveness

People

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Directors themselves are surely the most important determinant of board effectiveness. Dean Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr., my boss at the University of Michigan, once remarked that if you have a great faculty, they attract great students. Gather them together under a tree and great education will occur. In general, I think the same is true of boards. Great directors will, most ...

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