As political and economic uncertainty increases, oversight requirements rise, and risk management issues become more critical, audit committees face many new demands and complex challenges. This corporate governance strategy program explores new ways that audit committees can fulfill their mandate and help their companies operate effectively in a more vacillating market environment. You will learn how to develop tools for ensuring effective risk management, including overseeing cybersecurity risk, improving financial reporting transparency and investor communication, encouraging the right risk culture and tone at the top of the company, and managing the latest developments in financial reporting.

What You Can Expect

This corporate governance leadership program prepares audit committee chairs, board members, and chief financial officers to operate more effectively in today's more rigorous market environment. The program is designed to help directors bring a strategic focus to the audit committee so that the company's growth and profit objectives are aligned with and supported by its financial reporting, compliance, and risk management functions. Using the latest real-world case studies and faculty lectures on best practices, the program will enable you to develop new ways of addressing your core oversight responsibilities and prepare you to address critical issues affecting financial reporting, compliance, accountability, and risk management.

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This corporate governance leadership program prepares audit committee chairs, board members, and chief financial officers to operate more effectively in today's more rigorous market environment. The program is designed to help directors bring a strategic focus to the audit committee so that the company's growth and profit objectives are aligned with and supported by its financial reporting, compliance, and risk management functions. Using the latest real-world case studies and faculty lectures on best practices, the program will enable you to develop new ways of addressing your core oversight responsibilities and prepare you to address critical issues affecting financial reporting, compliance, accountability, and risk management.

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Your Course of Study

This program explores the latest research on how to move your company beyond a compliance mentality toward strategic financial reporting and effective risk management. Using a blend of case studies, group discussions, and faculty lectures, you will learn how to strengthen internal control systems and how to ensure that your company's strategy is reflected in its financial reporting. You will return to your audit committee with a better understanding of how your company's strategy leads to value creation, as well as the key risks and uncertainties that it creates.

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This program explores the latest research on how to move your company beyond a compliance mentality toward strategic financial reporting and effective risk management. Using a blend of case studies, group discussions, and faculty lectures, you will learn how to strengthen internal control systems and how to ensure that your company's strategy is reflected in its financial reporting. You will return to your audit committee with a better understanding of how your company's strategy leads to value creation, as well as the key risks and uncertainties that it creates.

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Who Is Right for the Program

The program is intended as audit committee training for members on the boards of publicly listed companies in the United States and across the world. This leadership development program also benefits chief financial officers who work closely with the board's audit committee. To foster teamwork and maximize the learning impact, HBS encourages several board members and company representatives to attend together.

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The program is intended as audit committee training for members on the boards of publicly listed companies in the United States and across the world. This leadership development program also benefits chief financial officers who work closely with the board's audit committee. To foster teamwork and maximize the learning impact, HBS encourages several board members and company representatives to attend together.

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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.

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Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Accounting and Management Unit; faculty chair of "Audit Committees in a New Era of Governance" and "Compensation Committees: New Challenges, New Solutions"; and faculty cochair of "Strategic Financial Analysis for Business Evaluation." 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.

Suraj Srinivasan

Faculty Chair
Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Accounting and Management Unit; faculty chair of "Audit Committees in a New Era of Governance" and "Compensation Committees: New Challenges, New Solutions"; and faculty cochair of "Strategic Financial Analysis for Business Evaluation."

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Admissions

The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. 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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The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. 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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