Author: Geoffrey Kiel, Gavin Nicholson, Jennifer Tunny and James Beck

Print ISBN: 9780864607805

Directors at Work: A practical guide for boards is designed to be a practical tool for directors and boards. The book discusses contemporary issues in corporate governance, ways in which boards, directors and their advisers can be effective, and ways to improve their governance processes and procedures. It also includes board behavioural dynamics, which deals with the types of behaviours that either support or destroy good governance.

Authored by leading practitioners and academics in the corporate governance area, Directors at Work: A practical guide for boards, provides practical advice on how to:

  • Ensure your governance activities meet Australian law;
  • Select new directors and form a board;
  • Define the key roles within governance;
  • Identify and operationalise the key functions a board must undertake;
  • Implement effective governance processes such as setting board agendas and taking minutes;
  • Assist individual directors and boards continually develop while providing reasonable protection for directors as they go about their duties;
  • Recognise the behavioural dynamics that impede effective governance processes and decision making.

The authors' corporate governance practice framework is the centrepiece of the book and has been extensively updated to reflect changes in the law, governance practices and guidelines on board good practice.

The recommendations contained in the book are practical and specific, and based on extensive research, discussions with hundreds of Australian directors, the authors’ experiences as directors and lessons learned in the field as some of Australia’s most experienced governance consultants.

The book is suitable for all types of organisations with a governing body (for example a board, council, committee, senate, etc.), including:

  • Listed companies;
  • Private companies;
  • Not-for-profit organisations;
  • Government business enterprises and authorities;
  • Universities;
  • Other entities not governed by the Corporations Act 2001.