Commit to Governance Excellence

Discover how to boost your contribution as a board member and promote overall boardroom effectiveness to truly drive business value, competitive advantage and board engagement. Clearly communicate your commitment to governance excellence to your investors, management team and society as a whole.


  • Expand your knowledge of global governance challenges and their impact on your business and socioeconomic environment.
  • Deepen your understanding of corporate governance fundamentals such as strategy, risk management, security, integrity and oversight.
  • Explore the keys to successful boardroom governance processes and board dynamics.
  • Heighten your leadership and decision-making skills.


The “Value Creation Through Effective Boards” program will focus on improving boardroom effectiveness through discussion of the role of the board, the importance of business strategy, the impact of the regulatory environment, crisis management, and how you can enhance your performance and the value of your contributions as a board member.

Each of these critical topics will be examined through focused lectures and in-depth case studies. You and a group of distinguished peers will examine how effective boards build positive relationships and efficient processes.

You will examine the most relevant strategic and organizational issues facing boards of directors today. Examples taken from companies in diverse industries will drive home the need for transparency, trust, and close cooperation between board members and the management team.

The program will tackle the following issues:

  • Role of the Board
    How well does your board understand its responsibilities?You will discuss how to design the most appropriate board structure, processes and complement of directors, as well as how to recruit, motivate and compensate the CEO. You will also learn how to maximize cooperation between board members and the management team.
  • Business Strategy
    Is your company’s strategy sound and profitable? If the business strategy is not working, the board is responsible for fixing it. You will explore ways for the board to work actively and constructively with management to solve problems while avoiding value destruction.
  • Crisis Management
    You will explore strategies for addressing emergencies that could destroy your company, including the departure of the CEO, hostile or friendly takeovers, environmental disasters, and shareholder fraud or other gross malfeasance.
  • The Dynamics of Influence
    You will acquire proven frameworks to elevate the effectiveness of your board meetings by refining the discussion and decision-making processes, and establishing guidelines to ensure that they are conducted more efficiently.

Is This Program Right for You?

The “Value Creation Through Effective Boards” program is designed for board members in both public and private-sector companies from a broad range of industries.

Board members in large public firms and established companies that plan to go public will find the program particularly beneficial.


The “Value Creation Through Effective Boards” program focuses on improving boardroom effectiveness, keeping in mind that time is limited and that getting the right information is crucial.

You will be exposed to insights on the core responsibilities, working relationships, and best practices of corporate boards and management teams.

This program will provide specific tools and frame works that organizations can implement immediately to strengthen the impact of their board and ensure increased corporate oversight. Specific discussions around management succession, compensation, evaluation, corporate responsibility and business strategy will facilitate the increased engagement and alignment of boards and organizations that is needed to enhance performance.


The faculty of the “Value Creation Through Effective Boards” program is made up of professionals who are involved not only in teaching but in research and the business world:

Pedro Nueno (Academic Director)
Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurship
Doctor of Business Administration, Harvard University
Degree in Industrial Engineering, E.T.S.I.I. Barcelona
Professor and President, CEIBS (Shanghai, Beijing)
Prof. Nueno has also taught as Guest Professor at Harvard Business School (USA); Oxford University; Nyenrode Business University (The Netherlands); AESE (Portugal); IEDC (Slovenia); IAE (Argentina); IPADE (Mexico), University of Piura (Perú).
His areas of specialization include entrepreneurship; intrapreneurship and starting new ventures; Management of privatization and turnaround processes, Industrial alliances, joint-ventures and acquisitions, Industrial procurement, customer-client integration, Management of technology and innovation, Internationalization processes. *He holds the Bertran Foundation Chair of Entrepreneurship at IESE and the Chengwei Ventures Chair on Entrepreneurship at CEIBS. He is the Academic Director of the “Global CEO Program for China” (Harvard Business School-CEIBS-IESE); is a Consultant to various companies; Founder and President of FINAVES, capital risk company linked to entrepreneurial activities by IESE alumni; Board member in several companies and author of different books. Among other honors he holds the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2003; Cross of Sant Jordi, Generalitat de Catalunya, 2003; Magnolia Award, Government of Shanghai, 2004; Prize for the best journalistic work in economics by PIMEC, 2006; Golden Magnolia Award, Government of Shanghai, 2007.
Paddy Miller
Professor of Managing People in Organizations, IESE, Universidad de Navarra
PhD in Management, IESE, Universidad de Navarra
MBA, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Paddy Miller’s interests lie in the area of leadership and the management of change and recently have focused on the specific issues of leading innovation in multinational organizations. Dr. Miller’s particular approach to innovation has been to take a longitudinal perspective to organizational transition as innovation is embedded in the culture. In line with this view, he has become extensively involved in management development issues in many organizations during the transition to being creative organizations.

Among the companies and organizations that have used his services are Visteon, Bulgari Italy, IBM Germany, Henkel Germany, Lufthansa Germany, Volkswagen Germany, Caterpillar Spain, the United Nations FAO, Standard Life Scotland, Sun Microsystems Europe and AWI Canada.

Apart from addressing management groups, he has worked with CEOs and their management teams in Europe, Africa, and North and South America. He is a sought-after speaker on executive programs in the U.S. and Europe — teaching on international programs offered by the business schools of Harvard, Michigan, Cape Town and the University of Virginia.

Dr. Miller has written and contributed to several other books and articles that have appeared in publications ranging from the Financial Times to the Harvard Business Review. His case studies have won awards in various international forums. He was awarded by the American Academy of Management for his work in the field of globally distributed teams. McGraw-Hill published his book, Mission Critical Leadership (2001). Along with a team of researchers, Prof. Miller blogs regularly on the topic of creativity in organizations at “The Innovation Architect”.

Krishna G. Palepu
Ross Graham Walker Professor of BusinessAdministration, Harvard Business School
Doctor in Management, MIT
Honorary Doctorate, Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration
Senior Advisor to the President of Harvard for Global Strategy, Professor Palepu’s current research and teaching activities focus on strategy and governance. In the area of strategy, his recent focus has been on the globalization of emerging markets, particularly India and China, and the resulting opportunities and challenges for Western investors and multinationals, and for local companies with global aspirations. He is a co-author of the book on this topic, Winning in Emerging Markets: A Road Map for Strategy and Execution. In the area of corporate governance, Professor Palepu’s work focuses on board engagement with strategy. Professor Palepu teaches in several HBS executive education programs aimed at members of corporate boards. He has served on a number of public company and non-profit boards.
Suraj Srinivasan
Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
PhD in Business Administration, Harvard Business School
MBA, Indian Institute of Management

Professor Srinivasan’s research and case writing examines the institutions of corporate governance in the U.S. and internationally. He has studied issues such as the impact of globalization on corporate disclosure practices and compensation arrangements in international companies, the effect of securities regulation on incentives of companies to cross list in the U.S., incentives of audit firms to provide high quality audits, and reputational consequences for corporate directors when companies experience financial reporting problems. His research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, and The Accounting Review among others. He is currently the co-Department Editor for Accounting at Management Science and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Accounting Research.

Suraj Srinivasan earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in electrical and electronics engineering and a master’s degree in physics with honors from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences in India prior to earning an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He also received a doctorate degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 2004 where he received the George S. Dively Award for outstanding thesis research.

Admission Process
The program has a four-step admission process:

  1. Participants must complete and submit the online application.
  2. The Executive Education Department will contact the participant by email to acknowledge receipt of the application. It will also provide information about the program dates, sending of prior study materials and the bank details needed to pay tuition.
  3. The participant pays tuition (payment must be made before the start of the course and before prior study materials are sent). This is an essential prerequisite for participating in the program.
  4. Three weeks before the start of the program, participants will receive an email with a username giving them access to IESE’s Virtual Campus, where initial study materials will be available.


  • General fee: € 5,800
  • Members fee: Special fees are available to members of the IESE and Harvard Business School Alumni Associations. Please contact us for more information.
  • Executive education Certificate fee: additional 5% discount on the general or membership fee.

The program fee is tax-exempt and includes academic materials and lunches. It does not include travel or accommodation expenses.

The program requires preparatory coursework, which will be made available three weeks before the start date. Payment is required in order to access this material. Check the cancellation policy below.

Do you know about our corporate agreements and fees for multiple registrations? Feel free to ask us.

We have negotiated special fees for our participants in these hotels near to Barcelona campus: AC Victoria Suites (Marriot) 4*Sansi Pedralbes 4*Abba Garden 4*Princesa Sofía 5*Meliá Sarriá Barcelona 5*Upper Diagonal 4*.

Arranging Payment
We accept payments by credit card, check or wire. For more payment information, please reference your invoice.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received within 20 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a cancellation fee equivalent to 25% of the program fee. IESE reserves the right to cancel this edition of the program or to change the dates up to 20 days prior to its start. IESE is under no circumstances responsible for travel expenses incurred. Participants should consider travel cancellation coverage in the exceptional event that the program is cancelled or that participants are unable to attend for personal or professional reasons.


May 22-25, 2018


IESE Barcelona
(+34) 93 253 4200
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