Redefining governance: from confusion to certainty and clarity

McGrath, Stephen Keith and Whitty, Stephen Jonathan (2015) Redefining governance: from confusion to certainty and clarity. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business , 8 (4). pp. 755-787. ISSN 1753-8378

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to resolve and remove from the governance arena in general and the project arena in particular, conflict which occurs when parties do not realise they have different meanings for common governance terms.
Design/methodology/approach – Review literature on definitional confusion in general and on governance in particular and develop a method for defining an internally consistent group of terms,then apply this to a group of terms in the governance arena.
Findings – Several important subjects commonly arranged under the governance banner do not actually constitute governance (strategy, behaviour, decision making).
Research limitations/implications – Further work is necessary to remove similar confusion in other closely related areas, including power itself and authority as well as project and general management terms such as responsibility and accountability.
Practical implications – Projects and business alike can potentially achieve significant improvements in efficiency and effectiveness through gaining consistency across current models, frameworks, policies and procedures thus reducing cross-boundary conflict.
Social implications – Creation of a unifying feature within the project and management literature, shifting the understanding of the boundaries and limitations of governance. These definitions will help progress governance from complexity to simplicity, from an art to an understandable practice, from a concept that has been hijacked for partisan and political gain to a lean social tool which can be put to use for the benefit of organisations, whether public, charitable or private.
Originality/value – The value is clarity – resulting in the avoidance of confusion and misunderstanding together with their consequent waste of time, resources and money.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 05:54
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2016 04:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: corporate governance, definition, governance, define, govern, organisational governance
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910404 Productivity (excl. Public Sector)
B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management
B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910405 Public Sector Productivity
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/IJMPB-10-2014-0071
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27853

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