Kellogg School of Management

Corporate Governance: Effectiveness and Accountability in the Boardroom

Available dates

Mar 16—19, 2020
4 days
Cook County, Illinois, United States
USD 10150
USD 2537 per day
Nov 2—5, 2020
4 days
Cook County, Illinois, United States
USD 10150
USD 2537 per day


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About the course

This highly interactive and engaging program will prepare you to claim your seat on the board with confidence and to deal effectively with those difficult, often unpredictable situations that all directors inevitably must face.

You'll be guided by top Kellogg faculty in collaboration with recognized corporate governance experts, to deepen your understanding of your responsibilities as a board member, develop the essential skills and strategic insight needed serve effectively and learn how to apply them in practice. You’ll orient yourself to the shareholders’ perspective, gain an understanding of the interests of multiple constituencies and learn frameworks that can move the board beyond ensuring compliance to identifying opportunities for long-term value creation.

Key Benefits

  • Develop a deeper understanding of board governance models
  • Analyze the role of the board vis-à-vis management, internal and external auditors, and other outside advisors
  • Understand how to navigate boardroom conflicts
  • Engage in a “board in crisis” case simulation
  • Study the legal and ethical challenges faced by today’s boards in areas such as executive compensation
  • Become conversant in current boardroom topics such as cyber security and activist investors

Program Content

Understanding the Role of the Board

  • Different models of governance
  • Board and committee responsibilities
  • The board’s role in a crisis

Understanding the role of the Committees

  • Executive compensation issues and trends
  • Audit committee issues
  • Recruiting new board members

Current Issues

  • Legal issues
  • Activist investors
  • Cyber security

Who should attend

  • New board members or senior executives who expect to be on a board in the near future
  • Experienced board members who are in need of a "refresher"
  • Executives from outside North America who wish to learn about North American governance practices

Trust the experts

Harry Kraemer

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois and a Clinical Professor of Strategy at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He was named the 2008 Kellogg School Professor of the Year. Harry i...


Edward Zajac

Ed Zajac joined the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management after completing his Ph.D. in organization and strategy at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. At Kellogg, he received the James F. Bere Chair and the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Unive...


Timothy Feddersen

Professor Timothy Feddersen joined the faculty at the Kellogg School of Management in 1995. He is the Wendell Hobbs Professor of Managerial Politics. Professor Feddersen's research centers on the manner in which elections aggregate dispersed information; the linkage between information and partic...


Jim Woodrum

Jim Woodrum is a Clinical Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. At Kellogg, he is the Managing Director of Executive Education, with a focus is on designing and teaching in courses for senior executives and Board members. Before joining Kellogg, Jim was with th...


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