Effective governance for start-up companies: regarding the board as a strategic resource
by Coral B. Ingley, Kevin McCaffrey
International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics (IJBGE), Vol. 3, No. 3, 2007

Abstract: Start-up organisations are small companies that experience a high level of growth and considerable risk to their very survival until they evolve into stable, established companies. This situation presents a particular set of challenges in terms of corporate governance, yet research on the governance of start-ups is limited. This research paper examines and comments on the governance of start-up organisations in New Zealand. The study replicates and extends previous New Zealand-based research of boards of established companies. From the data gathered from the two surveys, conclusions can be drawn as to the role and focus of boards in start-ups versus established companies. The results are consistent with a model of active ownership which identifies key differences from established companies that could improve the governance of start-ups. The results also highlight the dependence of what might constitute effective corporate governance for a start-up on the strategic context of the company and its life cycle stage.

Online publication date: Sun, 01-Jul-2007

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