Setting up the Board is a program about the creation of a true board whether there was no board at all or only a minimum board before.

We provide best practices for creating a board and or transforming one, whether the board has been inactive and intends to become more active.

Many people are at a loss when creating a board, whether it’s in a start-up, or a longstanding family business that has been under the hand of one or two individuals and has not had real, proper governance yet.

On the program, we will look at creating real governance to have a solid board. We will lever our experience of using different case studies of companies that have achieved effective boards and use simulations to equip participants.

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A plan on how to set up a strong board or transform an existing one

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The tools to check that a board has been set up in a professional way with sold governance principles

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Be part of a pioneering program dedicated to creating boards with a strong governance foundation

New hybrid format: Join us on campus or virtually

This program is delivered as a hybrid learning experience. You can join us on campus or connect from your home or office from anywhere in the world. We use state-of-the-art technology to ensure that all participants are immersed in the same IMD learning experience.

The program is hosted by our world-class faculty in a specially-outfitted auditorium to ensure a seamless interaction among the in-person and virtually-connected participants. Study groups mix participants across learning modes and breaks are carefully designed to ensure all participants get to network across the entire cohort.

If you are joining us on campus, rest assured that all the necessary public health protocols are in place to keep you safe during this challenging time. And if you are joining us virtually, our tech team will connect with you before the program to ensure you have a seamless experience.

We found that there is a high demand either in start-ups, or in family businesses to understand how to create good governance, a real governance based on a solid board. It seems the number one obstacle is attitude.

Professor Didier Cossin

Your program director Didier Cossin, Founder and director of the IMD Global Board Center.

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Program length: 1 day
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