Governance Research

Supporting long-term corporate success through a strong board

IMD Global Board Center undertakes pioneering research into the diverse dimensions of governance challenges. We address real-world issues in ways that can be used by boards to improve their performance and play a strategic role in their company’s success. Our insights and thought leadership not only provide innovative material for our board education programs, but help set the agenda for better board practices and governance.

Most governance research and education focuses on executive control – but misses the active role of boards in contributing to company management and governance. IMD Global Board Center takes a different approach, with the express aim of developing boards into the competitive advantage that the complexity of today’s world requires.

Our approach is not abstract or rules-based, nor wedded to any particular governance system. It is about developing boards into a key asset for sustainable success.

Selected Publications

A perspective of our practices in governance

Four Pillars of Board Effectiveness

By Didier Cossin & José Caballero

Corporate events in the last decade have made it clear that boards can fail. Failure has come in various disguises: failure to manage risks, to proactively contribute to firm strategy, to identify the 'right' team, and in some cases, to deal...

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Board and Strategy

By Didier Cossin & Estelle Metayer

Boards are ultimately responsible for the long term success of their organizations. This means that strategy cannot be neglected; it must be one of the central elements of the board's activities.

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Board Education

By Didier Cossin & Estelle Metayer

Boards are ultimately responsible for the long term success of their organizations. This means that strategy cannot be neglected; it must be one of the central elements of the board's activities.

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Stewardship

By Didier Cossin, Ong Boon Hwee & Sophie Coughlan

Fostering Responsible Long-Term Wealth Creation

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Onboarding

By Didier Cossin & José Caballero

A thriving onboarding process is built on a clear definition of what constitute an “ideal” board to the firm and the establishment of the desired profile of new directors. Both of these elements need to be aligned with the company’s long-term strategy and set within a sound governance culture

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Innovation Governance: How Proactive is your Board?

By Jean-Philippe Deschamps

All global business and technology trends point in the same direction: there is a need for more proactive and far-sighted management of innovation. Innovation governance - a holistic approach to steering, promoting and sustaining innovation.

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