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Episode 72 - Insights from the Take on Board Breakfast: Research on board composition and decision making with Jo Smith

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Insights from the Take on Board Breakfast: Research on board composition and decision making with Jo Smith


Today on Take on Board, Helga shares her conversation with Jo Smith. This chat was part of the November Take on Board Breakfast event. Jo Smith joined Helga to talk about her research report, New Zealand Boards and Frontier Firms.  She shares some lessons from the research around board composition and strategic decision making.


Jo is an economist by training. She specializes in Applied Research and Analysis, particularly qualitative and mixed method studies. She spent much of her career as a consultant, first at the New Zealand Institute of economic research. And then with Sapir, a research group.


She has considerable experience in program evaluation for clients in the government, private and community based sectors and across the Pacific. Jo is now a principal advisor at the New Zealand Productivity Commission, where she works on major inquiries into productivity related issues.


There were several questions from women who are Board aspirants. If you are a Non Executive director (current or past board member), Helga is accepting applicants for the 2021 Board Accelerator program.


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Contact Jo or find out more about her on LinkedIn.

Resources mentioned in this episode:
Board Accelerator 2021


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