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Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship

At a glance

Subject area(s)
Leadership
Attendance
Part-time
Fee
£10,000 per Stage
Course length
24 months (full MA)
Suitable for
Senior leaders with directorship potential and experienced practising board members from across the private, public and third sectors.

Overview

The Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship (MA BPD) is a post-experience, practice-focused programme that aims to enhance your value as a board director.

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

Each board and the organisational context it faces is unique. As a result, the MA BPD considers what it takes to deliver highly effective boards, director behaviours and governance frameworks across different sectors and settings.

The programme 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.

The Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship is offered in stages with partner organisations in the UK and Europe. Please see the 'Our partners' section for more information.

To find out more about this programme, please contact a partner or Henley's programme advisors: custom@henley.ac.uk.

Key benefits

The Henley MA BPD is a part-time programme consisting of one- or two-day workshops combined with self-study. It is expected that participants will be currently employed. It is offered in three stages:

• Postgraduate Certificate (Stage 1)

• Postgraduate Diploma (Stages 1 and 2)

• Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship (Stages 1, 2 and 3)

Initially, Stage 1 of the MA BPD is being launched by Henley in collaboration with partner organisations. Henley Business School may launch subsequent Stages (2 and 3)1 following a student's successful completion of the relevant PGCert / PGDip BDP. However, the running of future stages cannot be guaranteed and is subject to minimum student numbers being reached. 1all stages offered by ENVISIA see 'Our partners section'

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Programme Content

Find out about the programme content here

Stage 1 Postgraduate Certificate (8 months)

The PGCert BPD (Stage 1) is focused on director development. Building a personal awareness of strengths, limitations, skills and capabilities. This stage draws attention a director's contribution and frames stewardship of the organisation, and your due diligence as a leader. You will learn how to work through ambiguous issues, engaging as a board to reach a consensus.

Topics include:

  • Roles and responsibilities at board level
  • 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
Written assignment: 3000 words (60%)
Case study: (40%)
20 credit

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
    - organisational change and innovation
  • Investor relations
  • Ownership types
  • Examining ‘common good competitiveness’ vs profit orientation, short-termism, or shareholder/self-interest

Workshop: 2 days
Written assignment: 3000 words (60%)
Case study: (40%)
20 credits

Topics include:

  • The relationship between risk and uncertainty in relation to;
    - behavioural economics and cognitive bias
    - accounting and finance
    - handling conflict and crises
  • How boards and board members interpret and report risk
  • Board readiness as an enabler 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 Postgraduate Diploma** (8 months)

The PGDip BPD (Stage 2) is designed to focus on board dynamics and emphasise quality communication and information sharing. It also highlights the importance of reputation and responsibility at board level. This stage supports your personal development, offering mentoring and coaching to enhance your director performance.

**Henley Business School may launch Stage 2 following a student’s successful completion of the PGCert BPD, this cannot be guaranteed and is subject to minimum student numbers being reached. A decision on whether to launch a future stage will only be made following the completion of the preceding stage.

Topics include:

  • Handling structure, volume and quality of information for better board dialogue
  • Knowing the board and what matters to the organisation
  • 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

Topics include:

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

Workshop: 2 days
Written assignment: 3000 words (60%)
Case study: (40%)
20 credits

Topics include:

  • Mentoring workshops
  • One-to-one interview session focused on your personal development
  • Reflecting on your own behaviour, 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 Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship*** (8 months)

The MA BPD (Stage 3) develops your analytical and research skills to facilitate governance issues or dilemmas. It also gives more specialist sector expertise (private, public and third sectors), including an opportunity to put this learning into practice by responding to a real-world board-level business challenge.

*** Henley Business School may launch Stage 3 following a student’s successful completion of
the PGDip BPD, this cannot be guaranteed and is subject to minimum student numbers being
reached. A decision on whether to launch a future stage will only be made following the completion of the preceding stage.

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

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

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 organisation
  • Applying the approaches introduced in the Research and Analytical Skills module

6 month research project
Report: 12,000 words (100%)
40 credits

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

*The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change. Please note, constraints in timetable scheduling may mean you are unable to take some optional modules at the same time as others.

The programme is offered as three Stages, each awarded with a recognised qualification upon successful completion:

  • Henley Postgraduate Certificate Board Practice and Directorship (Stage 1)
  • Henley Postgraduate Diploma Board Practice and Directorship (Stages 1 and 2)
  • Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship (Stages 1, 2 and 3)

Henley has partnered with several organisations to offer the Henley MA Board Practice and Directorship in Stages.

Initially, Stage 1 of the MA BPD is launched by Henley in collaboration with partner organisations. Henley Business School may launch subsequent Stages (2 and 3) following a student's successful completion of the PG Cert/ PG Dip BDP. However, the running of future stages cannot be guaranteed and is subject to minimum student numbers being reached.

Envisia

Envisia

CEO Clubs

CEO Clubs

Virtual Advisory Board (VAB)

Virtual Advisory Board (VAB)

Actuate

Actuate

The programme is also offered by Henley Finland, Germany and Denmark and delivered at Henley Business School, UK

Programme Director Dr Nadeem Khan lectures in governance, policy and leadership at Henley Business School. He completed his PhD research at Henley in the field of strategy and strategic behaviour of the firm. He gained professional experience in the UK and international multinational environments prior to running his own business.

Dr. Nadeem Khan

Programme Director, MA Board Practice and Directorship

Professor Andrew Kakabadse

Professor of Governance & Leadership

Dr Caroline Rook

Lecturer in Leadership

Professor Nada Korac Kakabadse

Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics

Dr Jessica Yang

Associate Professor in Accounting and Financial Management

Dr. Filipe Morais

Lecturer in Governance Programme Director of the MSc in Management for Future Leaders

Garry Honey

External Tutor

Dineshi Ramesh

External Tutor

Chris Ansell

Visiting Tutor

The programme is delivered at Henley Business School's Greenlands campus and in Romania by our partner organisation Envisa.

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

To find out more, please contact our programme advisors: custom@henley.ac.uk.

  • Good first or second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent)
  • Organisational leadership/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 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.

For participants who may require top-up courses for entry on to the programme, there is the potential to run two modules (subject to demand):

  • Finance for Board Directors (two-day programme)
  • Basic Governance for Directors (two-day programme)

Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed for experienced practising board members (chairs, chief executive officers (CEOs), senior independent directors (SIDs), chief financial officers (CFOs), non-executive directors (NEDs) and company secretaries) from across the private, public and third sectors. The programme may also suit senior managers with directorship potential, noting that at Stage 3 each participant needs access to a current real-world, board-level governance issue.

Credit for prior learning

No exemptions or credits for prior learning are available for this programme.

For more information please contact custom@henley.ac.uk.

Why choose Henley?

No.2 in the UK
of Executive Education providers for open programmes
(Financial Times Executive Education open enrolment programmes rankings 2022)
No. 19 Globally
for Executive Education combined open and custom programmes
(Executive Education 2022: 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.

Contact us

Have questions? Talk to our team.

Email: custom@henley.ac.uk
Telephone: 0118 378 4806

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