Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship

The Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship provides you with the knowledge and understanding you need to enhance your performance as a board director and undertake applied research in governance.

Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship

Overview

Offered in partnership with Actuate, the Henley Business School MA in Board Practice and Directorship (MA BPD) is a post-experience, practice-focused program that aims to enhance your value as a board director.

The program provides you with the knowledge and skills to support effective judgements in board-level decision-making and promote longer-term resilient governance, with a specific focus on governance and strategic oversight as a board-level stewardship responsibility.

The MA BPD takes into account that each board faces different challenges, and is structured to consider what it takes to deliver highly effective boards, director behaviors and governance frameworks across different sectors and settings.

The program is delivered by expert academic faculty, with insights from highly experienced board practitioners. It also draws extensively on the top-team governance research conducted at Henley Business School, which covers more than 19,000 boards across 37 countries.

Delivered face to face at Henley Business School’s Greenlands Campus with accommodation included as standard Understand board member roles, how to add value to board contributions and make informed decisions for a long-term competitive advantage Engage with leading academic experts and industry practitioners and develop your skills as a director, including your technical skills, soft skills and ability to handle risk Apply rigorous research and frameworks to consider your own director skills and capabilities

Course content

3 Sections • Total hours 20hrs

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Stage 1

Stage 1 Postgraduate Certificate - PGCert: Building Board & Director Effectiveness

This Masters Degree level takes a total of 24-months to achieve, with each stage taking 8 months. The PGCert BPD (Stage 1) is focused on director development and how to build a personal awareness of strengths, limitations, skills and capabilities. This stage draws attention to a director's contribution and your due diligence as a leader. You will learn how to work through ambiguous issues, engaging as a board to reach a final consensus.

Topics include:

  • Roles and responsibilities at board level
  • Understanding your strengths and weaknesses
  • Setting the tone and culture at the top
  • Influencing skills at board level
  • Enabling strategy design and execution
  • The nature of dysfunctional boards
  • Succession planning
  • Balancing short-term and longer term board value

Workshop: 2 days, face to face

Written assignment: 3000 words (60%)

Case study: (40%)

20 credits

Stage 1 Postgraduate Certificate - PGCert: Investor Relations, Governance and Innovation

Topics include:

  • Understanding board-level impact on processes, decisions,strategic monitoring of activities, diversity and dynamics
  • The sustainable effect of these outcomes for:
    • internal stakeholders
    • external influences
    • organizational change and innovation
  • Investor relations
  • Ownership types
  • Examining ‘common good competitiveness’ vs profit orientation, short-termism, or shareholder/self-interest

Workshop: 2 days, face to face

Written assignment: 3000 words (60%)

Case study: (40%)

20 credits

 

Stage 1 Postgraduate Certificate - PGCert: Handling Risk at Board Level

Topics include:

  • The relationship between risk and uncertainty in relation to;
    • behavioral economics and cognitive bias
    • accounting and finance
    • handling conflict and crises
  • How boards and board members interpret and report risk
  • Understanding board readiness for innovation and transformation
  • Appetite and tolerance for risk
  • The link between risk and internal/external factors

Workshop: 2 days

Written assignment: 3000 words (60%)

Case study: (40%)

20 credits

Stage 2

Stage 2 Postgraduate Diploma: PGDip Board information and Communication

Topics include:

  • Handling structure, volume and quality of information for better board dialogue
  • Knowing the board and what matters to the organization
  • Best practices, tools and techniques
  • Questioning technique; how to delve deeper and more broadly to inform decision-making

Workshop: 2 days

Written assignment: 3000 words (60%)

Case study: (40%)

20 credits

Stage 2 Postgraduate Diploma: PGDip Board Reputation, Responsibility and Public Relations

Topics include:

  • Reputation and responsibility at board level
  • Governance execution and organizational sustainability
  • Public relations, engaging with the press and media
  • Managing reputational risk and crisis
  • Broader social and environmental issues, how to communicate the organization’s purpose
  • The impact and practice of lobbying and networking

Workshop: 2 days

Written assignment: 3000 words (60%)

Case study: (40%)

20 credits

Stage 2 Postgraduate Diploma: PGDip Mentoring and Coaching for Board Directors

Topics include:

  • Mentoring workshops
  • One-to-one interview session focused on your personal development
  • Reflecting on your own behavior, strengths and weaknesses
  • Dealing with change, difficult situations, working in teams and self-awareness

Workshop: 2 days

Reflective diary: 3000 words (60%)

One-to-one interview: (40%)

20 credits

Stage 3

Stage 3 Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship

Research and Analytical Skills for Board Directors

Topics include:

  • Board-level Business Challenge question
  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches to enquiry and research
  • Relevant practical and ethical research methods
  • Development of core research and analytical skills and techniques

Workshop: 2 days

Attendance and participation compulsory

0 credits

Stage 3 Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship

Private, Public or Third Sector Board

Topics include:

  • Facilitating sector-specific insight
  • Networking with practitioner panels from within a particular sector
  • Gaining sector-specific guidance and advice to develop your Business Challenge

Stage 3 Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship

Business Challenge

Topics include:

  • Execution of a board-level governance research project addressing a previously identified problem or dilemma
  • Addressing a live, in-practice issue within an organization
  • Applying the approaches introduced in the Research and Analytical Skills module

6 month research project

Report: 12,000 words (100%)

40 credits

Stage 3 Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship

Board Annual Conference

Topics include:

  • Disseminating key learnings from your Business Challenge a wider stakeholder audience
  • Submitting and presenting your paper to the Director’s Forum Board Annual Conference
  • Develop your writing, presentation and oral communication skills
  • Evaluating your findings and research impact in relation to both theory and practice

Conference: 1 or 2 days

Abstract: 200 words, Paper: 3,000 (50%)

Presentation and Q&A: (50%)

20 credits

Requirements

  • Delegates should have: Good first or second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) & Organizational leadership or board experience, or at least three years’ senior management experience with board-level access & Access to a live board-level governance challenge identified in your proposal & English language proficiency (IELTS 7.0, with no element below 6.0 – see note below) Applicants who possess exceptional organizational experience but do not meet the standard academic requirements are welcome to apply and may be considered for entry on to the program on a case-by-case basis. Note: If English is not your first language, you may be required to take an IELTS test and achieve an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each element. The University also accepts a number of other tests instead of IELTS. A full list of equivalent tests and scores can be found at www.reading.ac.uk/ad-Englishtests. Alternatively, a completed declaration i.e. the English proficiency at work form (confirming that English is the main language of the business and that you are required to work in English to a high level on a daily basis) from a current employer may also be considered acceptable in lieu of one of the acceptable official tests.
  • Applicants who possess exceptional organisational experience but do not meet the standard academic requirements are welcome to apply and may be considered for entry on to the programme on a case-by-case basis.
  • Note: If English is not your first language, you may be required to take an IELTS test and achieve an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each element. The University also accepts a number of other tests instead of IELTS. A full list of equivalent tests and scores can be found at www.reading.ac.uk/ad-Englishtests. Alternatively, a completed declaration i.e. the English proficiency at work form (confirming that English is the main language of the business and that you are required to work in English to a high level on a daily basis) from a current employer may also be considered acceptable in lieu of one of the acceptable official tests.

Learning outcomes

The program provides you with the knowledge and skills to support effective judgements in board-level decision-making and promote longer-term resilient governance, with a specific focus on governance and strategic oversight as a board-level stewardship responsibility.

Upon completion of all 3 stages and successfully passing all elements, delegates will achieve the MA Board Practice and Directorship Engage with private, public and third-sector board members internationally
$36590
This course includes:
  • 20 hour on-demand footage
  • 50 articles
  • 100 downloadable resources
  • 18 group sessions
  • Certificate of completion

Start Date

  • 19th September 2022
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