Corporate Governance (Online)

Driving Business Value Creation and Growth

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6 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

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Create Sustainable Business Value through Proactive Corporate Governance

In today’s highly dynamic business environment, corporate governance must extend beyond meeting compliance requirements to ensure long-term value creation and organizational longevity. The board of directors must represent shareholders' interests, fine-tuning corporate policies and procedures to ever-changing environmental, social, and regulatory conditions. The Corporate Governance (Online) program will help you deepen your knowledge of the responsibilities of corporate boards and their various committees in regulating organizations and creating long-term business value.

48%

Of corporate directors say that their boards have not created a crisis management escalation policy

SOURCE: PWC ANNUAL CORPORATE DIRECTORS SURVEY

58%

Corporate directors say that strategic / disruptive risks pose significant oversight challenges to their boards

SOURCE: PWC ANNUAL CORPORATE DIRECTORS SURVEY

75%

of directors say their boards do not fully understand ESG risks.

Source: PwC

Key Takeaways

The Corporate Governance (Online) program will enable you to:

  • Excel at understanding and working with boards
  • Assess whether capital received from shareholders is being deployed efficiently by the board and senior management
  • Ensure that internal controls adequately prevent ethical breaches, operational inefficiencies, and financial mismanagement
  • Create attractive compensation plans for senior executives that are also aligned with organizational goals and performance
  • Monitor, analyze, and evaluate current risks and devise contingency plans to safeguard the business from potential backlash

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for senior executives with board or management experience, those preparing to take on such responsibilities, and C-suite executives.

Senior executives who are current or upcoming board members and wish to equip themselves with a structured understanding of proactive corporate governance, risk management, and compensation planning:

  • Board member
  • Board adviser
  • Board director
  • President
  • Vice president

C-suite executives who seek to understand the duties and nuances of board service and wish to enhance their organization's financial returns, risk management efforts, governance diversity, and strategic direction:

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief technology officer
  • Chief strategy officer
  • Founder or co-founder
  • Managing director
  • Executive director

Program Modules

Module 1:

The Role of a Board

Identify the fiduciary duties of directors and analyze the scope of their responsibilities against those of the management. Explore the various board committees and their roles.

Module 2:

An Audit Committee’s Responsibilities

Evaluate the responsibilities of audit committees and understand the impact of resource allocation on financial statements.

Module 3:

A Compensation Committee’s Responsibilities

Review a compensation committee’s charter, design an effective executive compensation plan, and explore succession planning.

Module 4:

Brief Overview of Nominating and Governance Committees

Discuss a nominating and governance committee's charter and identify its key responsibilities. Evaluate your board structure and analyze the influence of the organization and board culture.

Module 5:

Risk Management

Assess organizational acquisitions, financing methods, and valuations. Define risk management and analyze how your organization manages risks associated with talent management and sustainability.

Module 1:

The Role of a Board

Identify the fiduciary duties of directors and analyze the scope of their responsibilities against those of the management. Explore the various board committees and their roles.

Module 4:

Brief Overview of Nominating and Governance Committees

Discuss a nominating and governance committee's charter and identify its key responsibilities. Evaluate your board structure and analyze the influence of the organization and board culture.

Module 2:

An Audit Committee’s Responsibilities

Evaluate the responsibilities of audit committees and understand the impact of resource allocation on financial statements.

Module 5:

Risk Management

Assess organizational acquisitions, financing methods, and valuations. Define risk management and analyze how your organization manages risks associated with talent management and sustainability.

Module 3:

A Compensation Committee’s Responsibilities

Review a compensation committee’s charter, design an effective executive compensation plan, and explore succession planning.

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Program Experience

World-Renowned Faculty

Learn from accomplished faculty, and industry experts whose diverse backgrounds encompass a broad range of disciplines

Guest Speaker

Accomplished expert offers unique perspectives and the opportunity to put learning into practice

Peer Interaction

Stimulating discussions with like-minded global peers expand your professional network and build a supportive community

Case Studies

Through exploratory sessions, examine practical examples and find innovative solutions to strategic challenges

Live Faculty Sessions

Get actionable insights in live online interactions with faculty who are recognized leaders in their fields

Engaging Assignments and Activities

Hone business acumen and executive skills with try-it activities that help you redefine your potential

Case Studies

Immerse yourself in real-world scenarios to witness the repercussions of ineffective corporate governance, and apply program concepts to gain a firsthand understanding of how to put best practices into motion.

IBM

IBM’s past compensation plan has been a source of dissatisfaction for proxy advisory organizations. Using executive compensation packages, analyze the elements of compensation contracts and disclosures, their relationship to organizational KPIs, the role boards play in their design, and the importance of proxy disclosures.

WorldCom

WorldCom represents the biggest instance of US accounting fraud. Using a suggested framework, examine the company’s revised financial statements, understand the risks of financial reporting, and discover the resources and limitations of risk assessment and management.

Note: All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

Past Participant Profile

Past participants of the Corporate Governance (Online) program come from diverse backgrounds, industries, and experiences.

Average years of work experience:

  • Less than 10 years: 6%
  • 10 to 14 years: 10%
  • 15 to 19 years: 16%
  • More than 20 years: 68%

Top industries:

  • Agriculture
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Consulting
  • Energy
  • Healthcare

Top functions:

  • Consulting
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Legal
  • Strategy / Corporate Planning

Top countries:

  • United States
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Brazil
  • Canada

Note: Data from across previous cohorts

Program Faculty

Faculty Member Shivaram Rajgopal

Shivaram Rajgopal

Kester and Byrnes Professor, Accounting and Auditing, Columbia Business School

Shivaram Rajgopal served as the vice dean for research at Columbia Business School from 2017 to 2019. He is a leading expert in measuring how well managers serve as responsible stewards of their organizations' resources. In addition to pioneering research on short-termism, Rajgopal's extensive body of work covers a wide range of contemporary issues in financial reporting, fiscal responsibility, and corporate governance. More info

Guest Speaker

Faculty Member Bob Friedman

Bob Friedman

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bungalow Media + Entertainment

Robert Friedman is the founder and chief executive officer of Bungalow Media + Entertainment. He has held an array of senior positions including, president of Radical Media & Entertainment and president of AOL, Interactive Marketing, TV, and Ad Sales. He currently serves on the boards of several organizations such as AccuWeather and Columbia Graduate School of Business.

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Certificate

Upon completion of the Corporate Governance (Online) program, you will receive a certificate of participation from Columbia Business School Executive Education. This certificate also awards two credits towards the Certificate in Business Excellence, which grants select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn More

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Your digitally verified certificate will be issued in your legal name and emailed to you, at no additional cost, upon completion of the program, including all modules of the program (online, in person, or live online, inter-module). All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Columbia Business School Executive Education.

FAQs

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email learner.success@emeritus.org, and a dedicated program advisor will follow-up with you very shortly.


    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at the ID mentioned above.


    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?

    Check back to this program web page or email us to inquire if future program dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.

  • How much time is required each week?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.


    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:



    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please email us if you need further clarification on program activities.


    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 300,000 learners across 200 countries have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    All the contents of the course would be made available to students at the commencement of the course. However, to ensure the program delivers the desired learning outcomes the students may appoint Emeritus to manage the delivery of the program in a cohort-based manner the cost of which is already included in the overall course fee of the course.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other program participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please email us if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.
    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.


    What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The program fee is noted at the top of this program web page and usually referenced in the program brochure as well.

    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this program web page next to FEE).
    • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please email learner.success@emeritus.org.

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the program currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your program advisor, or email us for details.


    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

    Yes! Please email us with the details of the program you are interested in, and we will assist you.


    How can I obtain an invoice for payment?

    Please email us your invoicing requirements and the specific program you’re interested in enrolling in.


    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the program fee in installments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.


    How can I obtain a W9 form?

    Please connect with us via email for assistance.


    Who will be collecting the payment for the program?

    Emeritus collects all program payments, provides learner enrollment and program support, and manages learning platform services.


    Are there any restrictions on the types of funding that can be used to pay for the program?

    Program fees for Emeritus programs with Columbia Business School Executive Education may not be paid for with Title IV financial aid funds. Participants may be able to pay the program fee with funds from the GI Bill, the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Act of 2008, or similar types of military education funding benefits. Participants must contact the Columbia University’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs to determine benefit eligibility.

  • What is the program refund and deferral policy?

    For the program refund and deferral policy, please click the link here.

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