International Board Program

Enhancing board governance of internationally oriented and large privately owned corporations

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Start date Jul 11, 2024
End date Sep 6, 2024
Duration 4 Days
Location Milano
Format Class
Language English
Price (+ VAT) € 8.000

Main Goal

The recent developments in the corporate governance field have brought new challenges for both executive and non-executive directors. Within the international business dynamics, governance roles and responsibilities entail a strong accountability characterized by a "sustainable success" orientation, besides requiring a proper dialogue with several stakeholders. The role of board of directors – as the ultimate corporate constituency responsible for business activities – is changing considerably, requiring directors to continuous pursue education efforts and discussion around foundational and emerging topics.

The International Board Program course proposes a solution to update and enhance one's governance, management oversight, and leadership skills. It represents an opportunity for participants of large listed companies to enrich their knowledge with elements, both intrinsic and unfolding, to further develop their governance and leadership skills required for sustainable expansion and long-term business success.
The course therefore provides directors with a total of 16 interactive and multifaced lectures from faculty members of two of the most recognized European Business Schools: SDA Bocconi and University of St. Gallen. Additional networking opportunities and guest speakers will provide the perfect environment for past-paced learning.



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Who Is It For

The International Board Program is aimed at governance actors of global private companies in which the issue of a sophisticated and open governance also becomes particularly critical as a function of possible company decisions and strategies.
The program is particularly aimed at large private corporations’ board members, executives, general managers, and key shareholders facing strategic situations ranging from international expansion – both organic and inorganic growth – to development of risk management systems, compensation plans and corporate sustainability strategies.
While there will be sessions on key long-term trends such as generative artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and sustainability practices, foundational aspects such as governance structures, effective boardroom processes, and interactions within boards are also part of the program. 


To help you understand if the content of the Program matches your expectations, and to help you choose the best course considering your profile and objectives, you can contact a Program Advisor for an interview.
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Structure & Topics Covered

The International Board Program will take place over 4 full days with classroom lessons for a total of 16 modules. In order to provide the utmost international experience to participants, out of the 4 days, the first 2 will be held at SDA Bocconi’s campus in Milan - Italy and the other 2 at University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. 



Day 1

Core topics
  • Board of directors’ essential competences and international openness
  • Key Governance roles: interaction and behavior towards stakeholders
Deep dives
  • Governance in Family contexts: ownership, values and succession
  • Governance in corporate groups: structures and mechanisms in an international framework

Day 2

Core topics
  • Global challenges and macro trends: Governance in a volatile and uncertain world
  • ESG strategies for an international purpose of value
Deep dives
  • Governance and risk management: definition, assessment, monitoring and internal control systems
  • Sustainable effectiveness in terms of ESG planning and reporting


Day 1

Core topics
  • Board governance: effective boardroom processes
  • Internal and external stakeholder relationship strategies
Deep dives
  • Equity strategy in private ownership
  • M&A for business expansion

Day 2

Core topics
  • International trade policies and demographic challenges
  • Supply chain and foreign production sites
Deep dives
  • International tax strategies
  • Global compensation scheme

Networking aperitivo & dinner are informal chances to get to know other people in the course.
The course-end event concludes the training course and strengthens the network of connections you have established. It is a professional networking event with managers, entrepreneurs, and special guests who you will always be able to connect with after the course has ended.


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Benefits for the participant

  • Experience two of the most recognized executive education realities in Europe and their respective faculty
  • Having an ongoing and qualified confrontation with other governance professionals that belong to similar corporate realities
  • Have a personalized experience thanks to the modular division of the course
  • Acquisition of a certification of attendance during the course from both institutions

Benefits for you company

  • Strengthen governance skills within boards of directors and corporate functions, particularly on emerging issues (sustainability, risks, digitalization)
  • Providing board members of large private and family businesses with the capabilities needed to ensure solid governance in periods of internationalization
  • Function as the role of induction for new board members, especially on aspects of directors’ roles and responsibilities
  • Exchange opportunities with other companies in different fields and geographic areas

Bocconi Alumni

By taking part to this course you will join the Bocconi Alumni Community. You will be put in contact with people who have received a degree from the Bocconi University and the Business School. You will have access to an international network of more than 135,000 members from 133 countries and you will be able to participate in the main activities organized by the Community.


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Digital Badges

The digital badges are an innovative and immediate way to share your achievements. They are verifiable and associated with an individual user. They allow you to update your network of contacts by highlighting the different steps reached in your SDA Bocconi journey.


Certificate of Participation

The certificate – presented in both print and digital forms – is a useful way to enhance your CV and portfolio of educational experiences. It is granted to participants who have attended at least 80% of the lessons.



Program Agenda

The program lasts 4 days with classroom lessons for a total of 16 modules.


11-12 July 2024

SDA Bocconi Campus


5-6 Sept. 2024

University of St. Gallen



€ 8.000 (+ VAT) fee includes educational materials and working lunches, but not VAT.
A 10% reduction on the Program fees offered to applications sent in by the 21 May 2024.
For further information and details on discounts, please refer to:

A maximum number of participants is pre-determined. You can reserve and register online on the program’s web page. Enrollment requests are reviewed on a rolling basis, those received after the final deadline may not be accepted.


Apply ASAP

You can apply for the Program until the day before it is due to start. For organizational reasons, we encourage you to complete your registration process 10 days before the Program begins.

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