High Performance Boards (HPB)

IMD Executive Education

IMD Executive Education


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Who should attend

High Performance Boards (HPB) is for supervisory board members and chairpersons. The program welcomes family business members and is also ideal for teams from the same board seeking to improve their overall effectiveness.

Your class is individually put together through a selection process to ensure that you experience the most impactful learning with a truly diverse group of global peers. Your class will become a trusted resource, encourage your learning journey and surprise you in many unanticipated beneficial ways both during and beyond your classroom experience.

About the course

  • Identify what makes best practice boards and drive positive board culture
  • Evaluate and mitigate risk and maximize opportunities through strategic board involvement
  • Learn how to manage a board in crisis and ensure the best succession planning

Discover the best practices in board governance

Do you want to know how to make a positive difference as a board member?

Learn what high-performing boards are doing to be the driving force behind their company's success. Get the latest research to find out what works and what doesn’t - in terms of board governance, board dynamics and strategic board involvement.

Discover how you can make a positive difference to your board governance at IMD’s High Performance Boards.

More than 40 years of expertise in board governance

High Performance Boards brings you more than 40 years of board governance expertise to prepare your board to face the challenges of a complex world. Specifially the program will help you:

  • Identify what makes best practice boards
  • Drive positive board culture
  • Evaluate and mitigate risk and maximize opportunities through strategic board involvement
  • Ensure successful succession plans
  • Learn how to manage a board in crisis

Before the program

You have the opportunity to discuss your personal needs and expectations with the program director and list the challenges your board is facing, if you choose to do so.

3.5 days at IMD campus

High Performance Boards brings you the knowledge and tools you need by tailoring discussions and learning objectives within each program session according to participant interests and requirements.

You explore critical themes such as

  • The four pillars of effective boards
  • Best practices and behaviors from top boards
  • Best risk practices for boards
  • Boards and strategy
  • Board dynamics and board/CEO dynamics
  • Making board processes meaningful
  • Refining the role of the chairman
  • Boards in crisis

Parallel sessions

As participants come from diverse international companies and a broad range of industries, HPB devotes parallel sessions to some specific issues such as: family business; managing stakeholders; NGOs; board dynamics & psychology; social issues & stakeholders in the Middle East & Africa; governance regulation going forward; plus some geographical areas (Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and more).

Throughout the program, you discover concepts, frameworks and approaches for building a high performance board and develop an action plan to address your challenges. IMD faculty, high-level directors and chairpersons provide world-class research and case studies, and you share best practices, experiences and insights with other participants.

After the program

A program synthesis (prepared jointly with the IMD Global Board Center) is available upon request, for sharing program learnings with your board.


Gain board certification for corporate governance best practices. All participants receive the IMD High Performance Boards program certificate upon completion of the program.


Salvatore Cantale

Salvatore Cantale is Professor of Finance at IMD. His major research and consulting interests are in value creation, valuation, and the way in which corporations structure liabilities and choose financing options. Additionally, he is interested in the relation between finance and leadership, and ...

Francisco Szekely

Francisco Szekely is Adjunct Professor of Leadership and Sustainability at IMD. His work contributes to the understanding of the interrelationships between the emergence of new social, economic and environmental trends as well as the development of long-term, sustainable business strategies. His...

Michael Watkins

Michael D. Watkins is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at IMD. He has spent the last two decades working with leaders – both corporate and public -- as they transition to new roles, transform their organizations, and craft their legacies. Dr. Watkins is author of the internation...

Didier Cossin

Professor Cossin is the founder and director of the IMD Global Board Center, the originator of the Four Pillars of Board Effectiveness methodology and an advocate of Stewardship. He is the author and co-author of books such as Inspiring Stewardship, book chapters (such as Governance Risk: A Guide...

Michael R. Wade

Michael R. Wade is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD and holds the Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation. He is the Director of the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco Initiative. Professor Wade has published works on a variety of topics, incl...

Mikolaj Jan Piskorski

Mikołaj Jan Piskorski, who often goes by the name Misiek, is a Professor of Strategy and Innovation at IMD. He is an expert on why and how people use various online social platforms across the world, and how firms can successfully leverage social platforms to build social strategies. He applies m...

Stefan Michel

Professor Michel's major research interests are in customer-focused marketing strategy, service innovation and pricing. At IMD, he is the Dean of our Executive MBA program and the faculty representative at the IMD foundation board. He teaches in the Executive MBA, Strategic Marketing Program, th...

Goutam Challagalla

Goutam Challagalla is Professor of Marketing and Strategy at IMD. He previously served as Area Coordinator of Marketing, Associate Dean for Executive Education, and marketing area PhD coordinator at Georgia Tech in Atlanta for 21 years. Professor Challagalla also worked as Principal at The Monito...

Anand Narasimhan

Anand Narasimhan is the Shell Professor of Global Leadership and Dean of Faculty and Research & Development at IMD. Anand advises organizations on transforming their leadership capability and on dynamics of boards. Anand's research institutional change, organization design, social networks,...

Robert Hooijberg

Robert Hooijberg is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at IMD. He has a PhD from the University of Michigan and teaches at IMD in Lausanne. His areas of special interest are leadership, negotiations, team building, digital transformation and organizational culture. Before joining IMD in Sept...

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