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Social Capital of NFP Directors in Australia

February 19, 2021 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am UTC+0

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This week Marion Cornish will give a presentation: “Social Capital of NFP Directors in Australia” followed by a discussion.

This study of non-executive directors on Australian disability service not-for profit boards, reveals a group of social elites, who utilise, often unconsciously, their skills, education and networks to enact symbolic power, represented by strategic cognition in the disability services field in Australia. This social and cultural ratification in the NFP space provides theses directors with the opportunity to align a previously `cleft habitus’ (Bourdieu, 2000; Ingram & Abrahams, 2016). Beforehand, their view of their life history was dominated by their lives spent in the competitive commercial social space. The decision to accept a NFP directorship provides an opportunity for these directors to attain an enhanced identification with their overall life story and history, or a ‘reconciled’ habitus (Ingram & Abrahams, 2016, p.148). Methodological constraints encountered in this study are considered.

Marion Cornish is an experienced Lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Formerly a senior Human Resource/Industrial Relations Manager in the airline industry, she has developed knowledge and experience in Strategy, Leadership, Management, Human Resources and Organizational Development. Experience in these fields involved Human Resource idustrial relations experience at Sydney International Airport and in the implementation of Airline Logistics. Involvement in the professional development of academic staff while Associate Head of School, Learning and Teaching at Western Sydney University has led to significant capability in tertiary curriculum development at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Included in this experience is MBA, Masters and undergraduate development and delivery at national and international levels A PhD candidate at the penultimate stages, focused on the links between strategic cognition, corporate governance, social capital and non-executive directors specifically in the NFP sector in Australia.

This event is part of our regular presentation and discussion session for researchers including PhD/master students.

This session is 6am UTC / 7am BST / 8am CEST / 11.30am IST / 4pm AEST / 7pm NZT and will be facilitated by Tristan Claridge. A second session will be held 12 hours later.

These sessions are a supportive way to connect with people. You can ask questions, get advice, discuss ideas or issues, get suggestions for literature to read, or you can just listen.

Do you want to present your research? Giving a short presentation to the group can be great practice for confirmation, thesis defense, or rehearsal for conference presentations. It can really help to formulate your ideas, get feedback on your research, and discuss your project.

Presentations can be helpful at various stages of your research program. In the early stages it can be helpful to get feedback from the group to help formulate your research, and later in your research to make sense of the data and practice presenting your final results.

Would you like to make a presentation to the group? Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.

Generally, presentations are 15 min (or shorter). The content of your presentation will depend on your research stage.


February 19, 2021
6:00 am - 7:30 am UTC+0




Tristan Claridge
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