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Corporate Governance and the Effectiveness of Boards, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
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The aim of the Corporate Governance and the Effectiveness of Boards summer school at the University of Groningen  is to discuss the strength and weaknesses of the most important research pillars and their contribution to our understanding of how boards are formed and how they work in order to effectively perform their roles.
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Research on boards focuses on examining how they influence firm strategic decisions and outcomes. Traditionally, this research focuses on linking board and/or individual characteristics to measures of firm decision-making and performance. 

More recently, researchers have begun to focus on contextualizing the role of boards in determining firm decisions and outcomes. Various contextual variables such as formal (law, regulations, quality of government) and informal institutions (culture, values, trust) have been considered as determinants of the way boards are characterized and formed, what their roles are, and how their members act and decide.

At the same time, part of the research on boards has been directed toward researching cognitive and behavioral aspects of teams’ and boards’ decision-making processes. 

Studies in this field aim at opening the so-called “black box” to find out how interactions between the individual team and board members affect decision making, team, and board effectiveness and, ultimately, also organizational performance. 

Among other things, this research focuses on analyzing the importance of behavioral and cognitive aspects such as trust, conflict and conflict management, commitment, information sharing, reflexivity, etc. on the team and organizational performance.


The Corporate Governance and the Effectiveness of Boards programme at the University of Groningen aims to determine to what extent their questions, methods, data, and outcomes are complementary or substitutes. Our approach is multi-disciplinary, meaning that we discuss research from economics, finance, management and sociology, and psychology. 

The programme also deals with measurement issues and discuss datasets and methodologies to use these datasets in research. Participants are invited to present their own research (ideas) in the field of board effectiveness.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Credits
    2 ECTS

    Participants will receive a certificate that mentions a workload of 40 hours. Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Topics will include:
  • Corporate governance and agency theory
  • Executive compensation
  • Board composition and dynamics
  • Board leadership
  • Ownership structure and the role of shareholders
  • Data and methods in corporate governance research: Dealing with endogeneity
  • Comparative corporate governance
  • Business elites and top management teams
  • Corporate governance research: Using survey data
  • Recent trends in corporate governance research
  • Presentations of research proposals and papers


This course is designed for ReMa, PhDs, Postdocs, academic staff members and practitioners with relevant academic background. Participants are expected to have a solid background in business, economics or management studies (at least at the Bachelor level).


  • Prof. Dr. Niels Hermes
  • Prof. Reggy Hooghiemstra
  • Prof. Kees van Veen

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Own research paper or proposal for presentation (if available)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    650 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 650 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    650 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 650 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
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