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 company’s future development.
  • Deepen your understanding of the role of the board in critical areas such as strategy, risk management, ESG, 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” focuses on improving boardroom effectiveness through the discussion of the role of the board, the importance of business strategy, the impact of the regulatory environment and ESG factors, 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. Real case discussions and challenges 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, poor management of ESG factors, 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 active board members in both listed and private 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 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:

Jordi Canals Jordi Canals | IESE Business School
Professor of Strategic Management
Fundación IESE Chair in Corporate Governance
PhD in Economic and Business Sciences, Universitat de Barcelona
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University
Herman DaemsHerman Daems 
Visiting Professor of Strategic Management
Chair of the Board of BNP Paribas Fortis, KU Leuven and BARCO
Mireia GinéMireia Giné | IESE Business School
Professor of Financial Management
Executive Education in Finance CPD, The Warthon School
PhD, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitat de Barcelona
Pedro Nueno | IESE Business SchoolPedro Nueno
Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurship
Doctor of Business Administration, Harvard University
Degree in Industrial Engineering, E.T.S.I.I. Barcelona
Krishna G. Palepu
Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Doctor in Management, MIT
Honorary Doctorate, Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration
Suraj Srinivasan | IESE Business SchoolSuraj Srinivasan
Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
PhD in Business Administration, Harvard Business School
MBA, Indian Institute of Management

The program leverages a wide range of highly dynamic and interactive teaching methodologies, including group discussions, class lectures, exercises, the case study method and a computer simulation, all aimed to hone your skills as an agent of change. These teaching methods have been strategically combined to foster an optimal learning environment.

The on-site edition takes place on the school’s Barcelona campus.

To ensure participants get the most out of the program, they will be asked to prepare the academic materials provided two weeks before the program’s start date..

Admission Process & Fees
The admission process entails a four-step process:

  1. Participants complete and submit the online application.
  2. The Executive Education Department emails the participant to acknowledge receipt and provide further details on program dates, pre-program academic materials and bank details to submit payment.
  3. The participant pays the program fee. This is an essential requisite to access the pre-readings and participate in the program.
  4. Two weeks before the start date, participants receive an email with a user name to access the IESE Virtual Campus and pre-readings.


  • General fee: € 7,100
  • Members fee: € 6,390
  • Executive education Certificate fee: An additional 5% discount on the general or IESE Alumni Association member fee.

The program fee is tax-exempt. Payment is required before the program begins and includes all academic materials and most meals. Please note that travel and accommodation expenses are not included.

Discounts are available for corporate agreements and multiple registrations from the same company. Space is limited and filled in strict order of reception so early registration is encouraged.

Participants in the on-campus Barcelona edition can benefit from special rates at the following hotels: AC Victoria Suites (Marriot) 4*Sansi Pedralbes 4*Abba Garden 4*Meliá Sarriá Barcelona 5*Upper Diagonal 4*.

Payment Details
We accept payments by credit card or wire transfer.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received within 20 days before the program launch are subject to a fee equivalent to 25% of tuition. IESE reserves the right to cancel this edition or modify 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 if they are unable to attend for personal or professional reasons.


May 15-18, 2023


IESE Barcelona
Yolanda Serra | Program Director
(+34) 93 253 4200
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  • IESE offers you the opportunity of designing a personalized development plan. With the support of an academic adviser, you will ll select at least four focused programs that address your unique interests and learning objectives. Once completed, you will receive the IESE Executive Education Certificate and become elegible to join IESE’s Alumni Association.

    Contact an adviser – Learn more about our Focused Programs portfolio and the ones that best reflect your development needs.

     Request the Executive Education Certificate – If you have already completed four or more programs and meet the requirements, you can apply for your certificate here.

  • IESE’s Executive Education Certificate offers a series of key benefits:

     Professional guidance with an IESE adviser.

    5% discount on any future focused program.

     Possibility of becoming a member of the Alumni Association, which delivers a broad array of exclusive benefits, ranging from professional support services to access to more than 300 Alumni learning sessions per year. Delivered around the world, sessions are a chance to learn and build your network.

  • To receive the IESE Executive Education Certificate you must meet the following requirements:

    Complete at least four focused programs (in English or Spanish).

    Programs must be completed within three years.

    Programs should amount to a minimum of 13 days of learning. You can view the focused programs calendar here for a list of available programs.


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