Agota Szabo wins HHS “PromovendiPrijs” for her PhD dissertation

Last week, Agota Szabo has won the “PromovendiPrijs” of The Hague University of Applied Sciences on the adoption of governance practices in hospitals: The role of directors’ multi-level frames in the governance decision-making process in the boardroom. This prize is awarded each year to 3 researchers, whose PhD research contributes both to the academic and applied research goals of the School.

11/19/2020 | 2:48 PM

With her research, Agota aims to contribute to a better  understanding of the role of individual decision-makers in the organizational governance process, and with her follow-up research she is studying the implementation of good governance practices in large and complex organizations. As a starting point, we will look at how to improve organizational governance at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

11-19 Szabo, Agota 300x300Agota’s dissertation studies the adoption of governance practices on not-for-profit hospital boards as perceived by the individual board members. A series of qualitative studies were performed to investigate how these hospital directors use multi-level frames to legitimize their decision-making process of implementing governance practices to their respective organizations. By drawing on the board governance and practice implementation literature, the empirical chapters investigate how cultural, organizational and individual- level frames influence the implementation process of governance practices in the perspective of the board members. At the country-level, with cultural frames this study investigates the taken-for-granted realities and the definition of good governance in a certain culture. At organizational-level, frames are shared systems of meanings about what good governance entails within a given organization and how these frames can manifest in internal bylaws and governance practices. At the individual–level, frames reflect on the mind set and tautology of the individual board members and their influence on the individuals’ decision-making process. As decision-making on governance implementation happens in the boardroom, decisions could not be made solely by individual directors. Besides looking at the frames of the individual directors, this dissertation also sheds light on the influence of group dynamics in the overall decision-making process on practice implementation.

Agota is a University Lecturer in board governance and organizational behaviour at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Next to this position, Agota was a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Business and Economics, and a participant in ABRI’s Part-time PhD programme. She holds a Master's degree in International Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies. Her research interests lie in board behaviour and good governance practices of the boardroom.