Organisational structure and governance
What is governance?According to Business Dictionary, governance is the:
‘Establishment of policies, and continuous monitoring of their proper implementation, by the members of the governing body of an organisation. It includes the mechanisms required to balance the powers of the members (with the associated accountability), and their primary duty of enhancing the prosperity and viability of the organisation.’(Business Dictionary n.d.)
- Stakeholders – the role of those that are interested in or affected by decisions
- Policies and procedures – what is to be achieved and how?
- Risk – the approach to dealing with uncertainty
- Decision-making – short and long-term, and how do we know we are making the best one
- Performance – how do we measure it and how is it used in decision-making?
- Cooperation and collaboration – how do organisations with different governance come together in BCM?
- Fair conduct of elections, representation and participation
- Efficiency and effectiveness
- Openness and transparency
- Rule of law
- Ethical conduct
- Competence and capacity
- Innovation and openness to change
- Sustainability and long-term orientation
- Sound financial management
- Human rights, cultural diversity and social cohesion
‘A company is best equipped to manage its risk and opportunities when its employees agree, or better still, are committed to realising its purpose. This enables the entire organisation to be alert to changes in the surroundings and respond appropriately, enhancing the chance of its survival. This is why a pervasive, positive organisational culture is not just helpful, but essential.’(ACCA 2018: 14)
Types of governance
Your taskConsider the evolution of the idea of governance from hierarchical models to more holacratic approaches and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each.Discuss your experiences about working under these governance approaches. How well did it work and what might be changed to improve it?
ReferencesBusiness Dictionary (n.d.) Businesss Dictionary [online] available from http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/governance.html [07 May 2019] Council for Europe (n.d.) 12 Principles of Good Governance and European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) [online] available from https://www.coe.int/en/web/good-governance/12-principles [30 April 2020] Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (2018) Tenets of Good Corporate Governance [online] available from https://www.accaglobal.com/content/dam/ACCA_Global/professional-insights/Tenets-of-good-corporate-governance/Tenets-good-corporate-governance.pdf [07 May 2019]
Business Continuity Management and Crisis Management: An Introduction
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