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Digital Intelligence for Directors

At a glance

  • Analyse digital technologies to influence director decision-making and improve the dynamics and the way the board works.
  • Understand and frame different technologies for competitive advantage.
  • Distinguish between controlling for digital resilience and contributing to effective stewardship in board decision-making and digitalisation scenarios.
Subject area(s)
Leadership, Board Directorship, Strategy
Short course
£2,805 (in-person, including residential costs) + VAT
Course length
Two days
Suitable for
Board members (Chair, Senior Independent Director, Non-executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary, Chief Executive Officer) and senior executives seeking to join a board.

Start dates

23 Sep 2024

Delivery: In-person
Location: Greenlands campus,

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11 Feb 2025

Delivery: In-person
Location: Greenlands campus,

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25 Sep 2025

Delivery: In-person
Location: Greenlands campus,

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All programmes are subject to limited availability. We recommend booking a minimum of 6 weeks before the programme start date, to guarantee sufficient time for your enrolment and on-boarding.


Digital Intelligence for Directors is suitable for current and future board members and senior executives. ​

The programme introduces participants to the adoption and influence of digital technologies at board level. Participants will gain a broader self-awareness of their directorship capacities for understanding and integrating digitalisation in board context and for director decision-making, e.g. Q&A discussion, board pack analysis, evaluating information and reaching consensus outcomes.​

Directors and senior executives need to have broad awareness of digital intelligence. Technologies (big data, AI, cybersecurity, cloud computing, machine learning) are increasingly influencing investment decisions, competitive advantage, governance resilience and decision-making quality.​

What assumptions are made about different technologies? How to assess the benefits and limitations? What are the transparency, confidentiality and cultural implications? How do technologies impact on director stewardship accountabilities? What are the latest digitalisation trends and best practice?​

Key benefits

  • Learn to effectively appraise the assumptions and risks associated with engagement and adoption of digital technologies at board level.

  • Identify enhanced director skills and capabilities for effective board judgements in evaluating digitalisation and digital transformation.

£2,805 (in-person, including residential costs) + VAT


Standard rate VAT is applicable for UK businesses; overseas businesses based in the EU without a VAT number; and individuals based in the UK, EU, or rest of the world.

The programme is delivered as a workshop on two consecutive days with interaction very much encouraged. Each session contains a core taught element, consisting of presentations and relevant materials. Topics are linked to real-life examples. The programme includes group activity, where participants are expected to work together to answer questions based on real-life case studies.

Programme Content:

The module is delivered in six sessions:



Introduction to digital technologies

Participants will explore the concept of digital technologies at board level as three pillars. Further, participants will consider emerging forms of technologies, as well as assessing limitations and opportunities of automated decision-making. What are the sources and processes of data-generation, cleansing, manipulation and presentation?

Directorship dynamics and digital technologies

Participants will consider the role of the director in a scenario of increasing adoption of digital technologies, such as AI and automation. Specifically, they will discuss the necessary adaptations in directors' behaviours and attitudes and identify the requirement for new digital skills. The impacts of digital technologies on the interactions between board members and stakeholders will also be discussed, using the perspective of a new form of stewardship and board liability.​

Director capabilities for engaging in a digital age

Responsibility and accountability issues of technologies will be introduced. Participants will have opportunities to consider ethical and societal implication, e.g. cyber-security, up-skilling digital capabilities; GDPR, reputation. This section highlights opportunities and risks associated with technologies for directors.

Data-intensive digitalisation

Participants will have opportunities to judge and assess risk of cloud computing business models. How do directors decide under conditions of uncertainty and when all the facts are not known? What should be in-house, or third-party, partner or stakeholder trusted information? How is the data-protected?

Directors as digital intelligence designers

In this section participants will explore that the role of director goes beyond monitoring, to strategically contributing to digital organisational capabilities. How can a board effectively harness resources and gain access to key constituents for value creation and long-term and succession planning.​

Director practices for digital governance and transformation

The adoption of technologies can drive superior performance through supportive board level decision making. Participants will debate algorithmic automation, along with legal and ethical dilemmas associated with decision-making.

Individual bookings
The following reductions are available on programmes fees

Multiple bookings
The following discount is available on programme fees when multiple open programmes are booked. Payment is required in advance and this offer is subject to eligibility**.

  • 10% 2-4 people
  • 15% 5-9 people
  • 20% 10+ people

A 50% discount is available to registered charities.

It is subject to eligibility and available at Henley Business School's discretion**

Please note:
* Alumni discount is available to Henley Business School alumni (as part of University of Reading) not to graduates of Henley Management College.

** Please contact us for eligibility criteria, availability and terms.

For more information
Please contact

Lead tutor:

Dr Fabio Goncalves de Oliveira

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Programme Directors:

Professor Andrew Kakabadse

Programme Director, The Board Directors' Programme

Dr. Nadeem Khan

Programme Director, MA Board Practice and Directorship

Set in sweeping parkland on the banks of the River Thames, Henley Business School's Greenlands campus provides an inspiring and reflective environment for focused work and study.

Find out more about our facilities and how to find us

Why choose Henley?

No.3 in the UK
of Executive Education providers for open programmes - Financial Times 2024
(Financial Times Executive Education open enrolment programmes rankings 2024)
No. 20 in the world
for Executive Education (combined open and custom programmes) - Financial Times 2023
(Executive Education 2023: Top 50 combined ranking and school profiles)

For 75 years, Henley Business School has developed confident and resilient business leaders. Executive Education at Henley is:

  • Practical: we combine academic rigour with a strong practical focus, so you can immediately apply what you have learned back in your organisation.
  • Relevant: Henley faculty are experienced practitioners who can support you in exploring solutions to your organisation’s challenges.
  • Collaborative: Open programmes enable you to expand your network, gain new perspectives and share ideas with peers from a range of backgrounds and sectors.
  • Personal: deliberately small learning groups allow you to benefit from individual attention and a confidential environment. We encourage you to understand your unique strengths, leadership style, and areas for development.

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Open Programmes

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the programme, please contact our programme advisors.

Telephone: 01491 418767

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