CEOs key movers in gov­er­nance

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CON­TRARY to pop­u­lar per­cep­tion, it’s not direc­tors who are the prime movers be­hind gov­er­nance is­sues in or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive can take credit for that, ac­cord­ing to key find­ings of the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment’s gov­er­nance sur­vey.

The sur­vey, con­ducted by AIM, Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and Univer­sity of Queens­land, re­ports that 83 per cent of the direc­tors and man­agers who re­sponded be­lieve chief ex­ec­u­tives are cham­pi­oning change of gov­er­nance is­sues.

‘‘ This sur­vey pro­vides a much­needed re­al­ity check on how or­gan­i­sa­tions are re­ally gov­erned,’’ says AIM na­tional pres­i­dent Keith Hil­less.

‘‘ The find­ings help re­store the bal­ance by recog­nis­ing that direc­tors and man­agers are both key play­ers. We ex­pect th­ese find­ings to kick­start a frank dis­cus­sion on the kind of ‘ whole of or­gan­i­sa­tion’ so­lu­tions needed to achieve ef­fec­tive gov­er­nance,’’ he says.

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