Intellectual Capital and knowledge sourcing in a governance context
Ingley and Mowbray (AUT, New Zealand) described research conducted to understand how the collective and individual ability of directors add value to organisational performance occurs. They reported that performance was enhanced when the Board and management worked together, and that effective knowledge sharing and intellectual capital appeared to be important contributing factors. They introduced the notion of a “third team”, whereby the Board and management (who normally work separately) work together in some way on particular matters. The work of the third team is defined by something Ingley and Mowbray termed “behavioural governance”. They asserted that new insights will come from an increased understanding of a complex mix of (primarily behaviourial) governance characteristics, rather than continued pursuit of individual characteristics.
Aspects of this study are consistent with prior literature that suggests behavioural characteristics are more important than structural characteristics. The study provided a useful basis for future research into the import of behaviourial and knowledge sharing factors, particularly of larger samples of company data. However, a working model or theoretical framework of the so-called third team may continue to be problematic, given the complex and dynamic nature of governance, and the (often) transient balance of power and divisions of labour that are often present in governance environments. Notwithstanding this, the research and addressed raised some very good possibilities for future research.
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