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Expectations and the performance of governance functions between a board, management and other stakeholders: the case of Robotdalen

Linda Höglund (), Maria Mårtensson () and Aswo Safari ()
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Linda Höglund: Mälardalen University
Maria Mårtensson: Linnaeus University
Aswo Safari: Mälardalen University

Journal of Management & Governance, 2018, vol. 22, issue 4, 805-827

Abstract: Abstract Previous research has called for an enhanced understanding of the dynamic and interactional aspects of board work in public sector governance. Using a longitudinal case study of Robotdalen, this paper attempts to meet this call through a processual and qualitative study of board work in public organisations. The aim of the paper is to enhance our understanding of the human side of governance and the interactions between a board, the management in the governed organisation and other stakeholders. We do this by addressing the theoretical concept of an expectations gap. The results demonstrated how funding regimes influence governance functions, structures and practices at the organisational level, and how internal actors such as managers also carry out governance functions. Moreover, the results show how an expectations gap shifts and changes over time. In this way we have contributed a more nuanced theoretical understanding of how the governance function is co-produced and the importance of understanding the expectations gap to further understand the dynamics of public sector board work.

Keywords: Board-work; Governance functions; Expectations gap; Public sector; Case-study (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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