Redefining governance: from confusion to certainty and clarity

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McGrath, Stephen Keith and Whitty, Stephen Jonathan. 2015. "Redefining governance: from confusion to certainty and clarity." International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. 8 (4), pp. 755-787. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-10-2014-0071
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Redefining governance: from confusion to certainty and clarity

ERA Journal ID19203
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMcGrath, Stephen Keith (Author) and Whitty, Stephen Jonathan (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Managing Projects in Business
Journal Citation8 (4), pp. 755-787
Number of Pages33
Year2015
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1753-8378
1753-8386
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-10-2014-0071
Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to resolve and remove from the governance arena in general and the project arena in particular, conflict which occurs when parties do not realise they have different meanings for common governance terms.
Design/methodology/approach – Review literature on definitional confusion in general and on governance in particular and develop a method for defining an internally consistent group of terms,then apply this to a group of terms in the governance arena.
Findings – Several important subjects commonly arranged under the governance banner do not actually constitute governance (strategy, behaviour, decision making).
Research limitations/implications – Further work is necessary to remove similar confusion in other closely related areas, including power itself and authority as well as project and general management terms such as responsibility and accountability.
Practical implications – Projects and business alike can potentially achieve significant improvements in efficiency and effectiveness through gaining consistency across current models, frameworks, policies and procedures thus reducing cross-boundary conflict.
Social implications – Creation of a unifying feature within the project and management literature, shifting the understanding of the boundaries and limitations of governance. These definitions will help progress governance from complexity to simplicity, from an art to an understandable practice, from a concept that has been hijacked for partisan and political gain to a lean social tool which can be put to use for the benefit of organisations, whether public, charitable or private.
Originality/value – The value is clarity – resulting in the avoidance of confusion and misunderstanding together with their consequent waste of time, resources and money.

Keywordscorporate governance, definition, governance, define, govern, organisational governance
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350799. Strategy, management and organisational behaviour not elsewhere classified
350709. Organisation and management theory
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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