How boards of directors interact as decision-making groups

Daniel P. Forbes, Frances J. Milliken

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We explore here the functioning of boards as decision-making groups. We contend that understanding boards as groups requires us to pay attention to the actual processes by which boards interact. We then conduct a brief review of the current state of knowledge in this area, paying particular attention to a model of board processes that identifies effort norms, cognitive conflict and the use of knowledge and skills as critical determinants of board effectiveness. We conclude by considering the implications of these ideas for research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Top Management Teams
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780230305335
ISBN (Print)9780230218598
StatePublished - Oct 29 2010


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