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Corporate Governance and the Effectiveness of Boards, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 days
    Duration
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Understanding how corporate boards are formed and how they act has become an important topic. Corporate failures and scandals such as Enron and Parmalat in the early 2000s and, more recently Volkswagen and Toshiba, have heated up debates in policy circles and media, as well as in academia, with respect to the role of boards in these scandals.

About

  • 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 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 team and organizational performance.
  • The aim of this summer school is to discuss the strength and weaknesses of both research pillars and their contribution to our understanding of how boards are formed and how they work in order to effectively perform their roles. We explicitly aim 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. We will also deal 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
    • Duration description
      8 - 12 July 2019
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Topics will include:
  • Introduction to 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

Audience

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).

Lecturers

Lecturers

  • Sucheta Nadkarni (University of Cambridge)
  • Craig Crossland (University of Notre Dame)
  • Niels Hermes
  • Reggy Hooghiemstra
  • Kees van Veen

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Please submit the following documents with your application:
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Own research paper or proposal for presentation (if available)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    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 Applies to you

    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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    Includes:
    • participation in the programme
    • course materials
    • city tour and welcoming drinks
    • dinner on Monday and Thursday evening
    • coffee, tea and refreshments

    Living costs for Groningen

    • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
      Living Costs

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