For Directors

The INSEAD International Directors’ Programme (IDP) is a unique educational experience that aims to develop more effective directors. Set within an international context, the programme is aimed at current directors who bring specific competences and credibility to the boards on which they serve and at senior executives and professionals preparing themselves for a board mandate and whose contributions will enhance the programme’s learning environment.

Taught by INSEAD faculty, leading academics, and with input from senior board representatives, policy-makers and senior partners from a variety of professional firms, the International Directors’ Programme offers practical and tested frameworks and tools to hone judgement, sharpen decision making and augment the oversight abilities of directors who seek to boost their existing skills or to prepare for a new board mandate.

Successful participants will leave the programme with a greater understanding of what it takes to be an effective director and to make boards more responsible and more responsive to shareholders, executives and other stakeholders.

The programme leads to the INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance (ICCG), enabling participants to receive a recognised credential in the field of governance from one of the world’s most diverse and thought-leading global business schools. Furthermore, successful completion of the Certificate will enable participants to become INSEAD Alumni, connected to an exclusive network of senior peers.
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For Chairmen of corporations and Chairs of Core Board Committees

Leading from the Chair – Profs Tim Rowley and Stanislav Shekshnia (3 days)

Supports those aiming to lead effective and high-performing boards, that set and oversee value creating directions and strategies to pursue these directions.

Limited to 20 international chairmen.

Testimony: “I can honestly say the programme was thought provoking, had fantastic calibre people on it (both participants and faculty). I believe it is a ‘must do programme’ for all IDP-C graduates. For a long time Corporate Governance has suffered from a lack of formal development for Chairman. This programme tackles the subject from a behavioural, board dynamics and governance perspective. I wholeheartedly recommend it. Stanislav, Tim and the actors (intervening in the course) were all great.” Helen Pitcher OBE, IDP-C. Chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence

For Owners, Family Firms, Directors

Value Creation for Owners and Directors – Profs Ludo Van der Heyden and Massimo Massa (4 days)

For those facing the challenging dynamics between owners, boards and executives. Covers the need for value creation strategies, the importance of ownership strategy and vision, the need to choose the right financial and business partners, and to adopt the correct organisational structures for growth.

The Family Enterprise Challenge (FAME) – Profs. Randel Carlock and Christine Blondel (IDP) (4,5 days)

For families: teams of two to eight representatives from each participating firm learn from each other and INSEAD’s expert professors by sharing, reflecting and above all applying new behaviours. Covers action plan for career planning, psychological dynamics of family leadership, family and business governance, learn to manage conflict, complex family structures, diverse personalities and difficult relationships.

Directors who wish to develop their skills in STRATEGY

Advanced Strategy for Directors Programme: A modular programme for IDN Members

The changing nature of governance in the global business economy means today’s directors and their boards must rethink the way they view and address strategy.

M&As and Corporate Strategy – Prof. Laurence Capron (4,5 days)

Whether that means a merger, an acquisition, and alliance, a licensing contract, it is imperative for directors to understand the pros and cons of each path and to learn which is most appropriate for a successful corporate strategy.

Managing Partnership and Strategic Alliances – Prof. Yves Doz (4 days)

Build, Borrow or buy? Alliances are a smarter, swifter, more economical way to pursue strategic opportunities and gain competitive advantages.  The programme focuses on deepening your understanding of the strategic foundation, the governance structure and the dynamics of the collaborative process.

Competitive Strategy Prof. Karel Cool (3 days)

Designed to ensure that your business strategy is clear, focused and competitive as managers – and also their supervising boards – often lose sight of long–term goals. This programme will help you develop your strategic thinking focused on action and resulting in sharpened competitive skills and greater confidence for changing the strategic approach and management of an organization. In addition, you will also acquire the ability that will contribute to improved skills to break into new competitive markets.

Directors who wish to develop their skills in FINANCE

Finance for Executives – Prof. Pekka Hietala (8 days)

Provides executives and boards with a comprehensive introduction to accounting and financial analysis. It aims to give non-financial specialists an understanding of the financial consequences of strategic decisions and equip them with tools to integrate the financial approach into their decision-making.

Advanced International Corporate Finance – Prof. Theo Vermaelen (5 days)

Develops a strategic understanding of key financial decisions faced by organisations today by putting them into an international context. The programme is directed at board members and senior executives who want to deepen their knowledge of corporate finance. The course challenges existing frameworks and techniques and helps think beyond national or regional context.

Strategic Management in Banking – Prof. Jean Dermine (5 days)

Is addressed to senior bankers, including board members, who want to re-assess the future of banking and strategy in the context of a fast changing environment: the outcome of the gobal banking crisis, new Basel 3 regulations on capital and liquidity, or opportunities/threats given by information technology.

Directors who wish to develop their skills in LEADERSHIP

AVIRA: Awareness, Vision, Imagination, Responsibilities, Action

Prof. SubramanianRangan (5 days in Fontainebleau)

Is a unique opportunity to put aside the urgent in order to consider the important by exploring the five essential attributes of excellent CEOs (Awareness, Vision, Imagination, Responsibility, Action).

LEAP: Leadership Excellence through Awareness and Practice – Prof. Jean-François Manzoni (3 modules)

has been designed to help leaders bridge the knowing-doing gap by identifying and internalising the new behavioural knowledge and responses you need to improve the way they lead.

Directors and Aspiring Directors who wish to gain local or regional expertise: ICGC PARTNERS’ Programmes

ecoDa – European Confederation of Directors Associations (2 days, Brussels)

New Governance Challenges for Board Members in Europe – INSEAD intervenes for a half-day in this programme facilitating a board simulation based on a real scenario.

Dates: March and October 2016 in Brussels

Africa Directors Programme – University of Stellenbosch (USB), Old Mutual, IoD Southern Africa (3 modules of 3 days, Cape Town, South Africa)

The programme promotes sustainable business development through an integrated vision for governance and board processes that contributes to building governance credibility and stakeholder confidence. INSEAD provides co-directorship in a programme delivered by faculty and experts associated with Stellenbosch and its partners in this venture.

Dates: 4-6 April: 9-11 May and 13-15 June 2016 in Cape Town

IN BOARD – A programme organised by INSEAD Alumni for INSEAD Alumni (in specific countries:  The Netherlands – where the program originated – and now also in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland.)

For directors and aspiring directors that aim to gain expertise in and benefit from exchanges on governance, provided by Alumni that are professionals in governance within one of the above countries. May be of interest to those moving to a NED role in these countries. The format consists of 1 day workshops organized with professional firms, followed by a longer module offered on the INSEAD campus by ICGC faculty.  Former participants have chosen to attend IN BOARD and have then signed up for IDP subsequently, viewing these two programs as complementary,  particularly in that order, the first being more pragmatic, the second more conceptual and centered on further developing an already experienced director.  Some have also chosen to attend after IDP, as an opportunity to learn or refresh on a local context.

Dates/Registration: with the local Alumni Associations mentioned above