Differing perceptions of non-executive directors’ roles in privately owned United Kingdom small and medium-sized enterprises

  • Rosemary Jane Boxer

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This thesis explores differences in the role of non-executive directors (NEDs) in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): between the literature and SME practice and between the perceptions of SME NEDs and their managing directors (MDs). The explanation of these differences contributes to a richer understanding of the development of NED role trust in UK SMEs, identified as a gap in our understanding. Extending earlier research by Berry and Perren, the thesis makes a contribution to knowledge by developing a theory to explore and explain the temporal and contextual nature of the dyadic relationship between NEDs and MDs in SMEs.
Date of AwardJan 2010
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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