Program Announcement

The information below is based on the program offered in 2014, and does not reflect potential changes to faculty and course content for the 2015 course.

Executive compensation has become a flashpoint issue for board members, institutional investors, regulators, and the media. This program helps committee chairs and members design more effective compensation programs that not only tie business strategies to company performance, but also motivate top executives and valued employees. You'll also gain new strategies for meeting investor expectations as the regulatory climate evolves.

What You Can Expect

Designed to help you rethink your approach to rewarding executive performance, this program examines ways to balance executive compensation with greater shareholder demands, regulatory activity, and public scrutiny. By structuring more effective compensation plans, you'll be able to drive long-term performance, corporate profitability, and employee satisfaction.

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Designed to help you rethink your approach to rewarding executive performance, this program examines ways to balance executive compensation with greater shareholder demands, regulatory activity, and public scrutiny. By structuring more effective compensation plans, you'll be able to drive long-term performance, corporate profitability, and employee satisfaction.

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Your Course of Study

The comprehensive curriculum focuses on developing practices that link executive rewards to company goals, while meeting new financial requirements for compensation disclosure. You'll also learn how to design and implement an effective process for guiding committee activities with the CEO, the senior human resources officer, and compensation consultants.

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The comprehensive curriculum focuses on developing practices that link executive rewards to company goals, while meeting new financial requirements for compensation disclosure. You'll also learn how to design and implement an effective process for guiding committee activities with the CEO, the senior human resources officer, and compensation consultants.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This leadership development program is intended primarily for directors on boards of large established companies who serve as chairs or members of compensation committees and for senior corporate executives. Bank directors, chief executives, directors of human resources, investors, legal professionals who help structure employment contracts, and senior regulatory officials charged with implementing legislation are also encouraged to apply.

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This leadership development program is intended primarily for directors on boards of large established companies who serve as chairs or members of compensation committees and for senior corporate executives. Bank directors, chief executives, directors of human resources, investors, legal professionals who help structure employment contracts, and senior regulatory officials charged with implementing legislation are also encouraged to apply.

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Faculty

Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Faculty Chair
Professor Narayanan is interested in management accounting, in particular, performance evaluation and incentives. He uses analytical modeling and field data to research how firms use financial incentives and performance feedback as a catalyst to form desirable habits, to harness other motivators such as peer pressure, and to improve performance.
Thomas D. Casserly, Jr. Professor of Business Administration. Head of the Accounting and Management Unit; and faculty chair of "Compensation Committees: New Challenges, New Solutions" and "Improving Corporate Performance and Profitability—India." Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

V.G. Narayanan

Faculty Chair
Thomas D. Casserly, Jr. Professor of Business Administration. Head of the Accounting and Management Unit; and faculty chair of "Compensation Committees: New Challenges, New Solutions" and "Improving Corporate Performance and Profitability—India."

Professor Narayanan is interested in management accounting, in particular, performance evaluation and incentives. He uses analytical modeling and field data to research how firms use financial incentives and performance feedback as a catalyst to form desirable habits, to harness other motivators such as peer pressure, and to improve performance.  Read Full Bio

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Admissions

Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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