Board effectiveness and school performance: a study of Australian independent schools

Loh, Chin Moi ; Unda, Luisa A. ; Gong, Zhiyun ; Benati, Kelly

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2021
The title of a journal, publication series: School Effectiveness and School Improvement
Volume: 32
Issue number: 4
Page range: 650-673
Place of publication: Abingdon
Publishing house: Routledge
ISSN: 0924-3453 , 1744-5124
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Corporate Finance (Maug 2006-)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
330 Economics
350 Public administration
650 Management
Keywords (English): board diversity , board effectiveness , board practices , independent schools , principal influence , school performance
Abstract: This study examines whether board diversity, board practices, and principal influence over board decisions impact board effectiveness across independent schools in Victoria, Australia, and to what extent board effectiveness is associated with academic and financial performance of the schools. Analyses were based on survey data from board Chairs and board members within independent schools. Results show that diversity of board composition and board practices contribute to increased board effectiveness, whereas board effectiveness is less robust in schools with stronger principal influence over board-level decision making. The results provide an indication that while some board attributes (i.e., diversity of board composition and board practices) indirectly influence school performance through their positive association with board effectiveness, excessive influence of the principal over board-level decisions may impair board effectiveness.

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