Toward a Contingency Model of Board-Executive Relations

By Ralph M. Kramer

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), 1999

This chapter of Board-Staff Relations for the 21st Century, explores the relationship dynamic between executives and board members, which the author asserts is usually described as a partnership. The author goes on to refute this description, contending that the partnership model is not sufficient in terms of allowing professionals to learn from their experience and to become more effective. The author suggests a new context for describing the relationship between board members and executives under a list of concepts that focus on such areas as status, responsibility, authority and power. The author describes this model as being the contingency model of board-executive relationship where relationships function within an equilibrium based on the exchange of resources and interdependence.

Topic: Management and Administration, NGOs, Organizational Development, Nonprofits, Leadership, Jewish Organizations

Name of Publication: The Director Had a Heart Attack and the President Resigned: Board-Staff Relations for the 21st Century

Editor: Bubis, Gerald B.

Page Number(s): 133-150

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Identifier: 965-218-037-8

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Bubis, Gerald B.

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Bibliographic Information:
Kramer, Ralph M. Toward a Contingency Model of Board-Executive Relations. The Director Had a Heart Attack and the President Resigned: Board-Staff Relations for the 21st Century. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 1999: 133-150. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4258


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