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Executive MBA

Specializations: Board Governance Specializations: Board Governance

Be a successful board member. This specialization aims at inspiring and preparing the next generation of board members. It equips participants with a comprehensive understanding of the role and functioning of boards and provides participants with the set of tools and skills necessary to become successful board members.

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quote George Wernicke

 

About the Specialization:

Hosted in either Riyadh and New York City or Frankfurt and New York City, and drawing on illustrations, topic experts, and practitioners from a wide range of countries, industries, types of firms, and functions, this Specialization equips participants with the knowledge and tools imperative for a thorough understanding of board governance. In addition, the specialization familiarizes participants with the most pressuring board topics of today’s time. Besides sharing forefront thinking from academia, participants benefit from seasoned managers, board members, consultants, and different types of investors sharing their views and experiences on board governance.

What is considered “good” board governance is highly context-dependent. Hence, rather than providing ready-to-use answers, this specialization helps participants to ask the right questions and provide them with key insights into board tasks that are often extremely complex and multifaceted. Participants also have plenty of opportunities to develop their board skills through case discussions, role-plays, and other hands-on exercises as well as through simulations.

As the topic of board governance, this specialization is inherently multidisciplinary and integrative, building upon concepts and tools from various disciplines (i.e., accounting and auditing, finance, leadership, and strategy) to provide participants with a holistic understanding and the skill set of how boards can create sustainable value for customers, employees, owners, and society at large.

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Key Experiences

Some themes explored:

  1. The role of boards in cyberattacks, whistleblowing, and for social-political firm activism
  2. Forward looking boards and boards at high innovation firms
  3. Activist investors and short sellers

 

Why should you join this specialization?

  1. You need to build a board for your company as a private entity and later as a public company
  2. You will find yourself serving a CEO or other senior officer working for a board of directors
  3. You want to provide consulting services to top managers and boards

Sample Courses:

• Setting executive compensation • CEO and board succession • The chairman role • Board dynamics • Board evaluation • Dysfunctional boards