A Study of the Board Governance of Taiwanese Arts Organisations

Shang-Ying Chen

Abstract


Effective governance and the development of strong boards are critical factors influencing the achievement of missions and visions in nonprofit organisations. The purpose of this study is to investigate the board structures of arts organisations in Taiwan, and to understand the attributes of those boards, including their abilities to determine organisational mission of organisations, to identify appropriate strategies, to define the relationships between boards and executive officers, and to effectively manage community relations. Findings indicate that the majority of the boards of Taiwanese arts organisations examined, demonstrated the experiences and skills needed to provide effective governance. However, a majority also lacked systematic programs to orient and assist new board members to become full contributors; nor did they have processes in place to prioritize the focus of time and attention board members were able to contribute. It is concluded therefore, that most boards examined would be helped by the establishment and implementation of such things as functional job descriptions, a system of board activity evaluation and definition of advocacy responsibilities.

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Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management; ISSN 1449-1184
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