Develop and implement innovative risk management strategies that protect your company’s assets, reputation, and competitive advantage.

The program fee covers tuition and program materials.

In most organizations, risk management helps businesses avoid challenging situations by emphasizing compliance, internal controls, and conformance to standard operating procedures. But a more comprehensive and strategic view of risk management can significantly increase and preserve enterprise value.

Risk Management for Corporate Leaders—Virtual provides frameworks and tools to strengthen your company's approach to managing both internal and external risks. You’ll improve your strategic thinking and ability to respond to crisis events effectively.

Key Program Features

Key Topics

  • Explore the latest research and best practices for managing risk to safeguard enterprise value

  • Link risk management to strategy formulation and execution

  • Install and operate an enterprise risk management system

  • Recognize, assess, and manage risks from uncontrollable events caused by macroeconomic shifts, political disruptions, natural disasters, and global pandemics

  • Respond to reputational and brand risks including ones that have to do with cybersecurity threats and data breaches

  • Set priorities and establish funding for risk mitigation initiatives

  • Manage the tension between innovation and risk management

  • 8
    half-days of live online learning
  • 9–12
    hours of pre-program work

Participants will receive a detailed schedule and case materials approximately two weeks before the program starts.

Live online sessions take place Monday–Thursday, from 8:15 a.m.–2:05 p.m. ET

Collaborative learning is an integral part of the experience. To maximize the benefit for everyone, participants are expected to attend each session, complete all assignments, and contribute to group and class discussions.

  • Chief risk officers and other leaders in risk management roles

  • Crisis management team leaders

  • Chief financial officers

  • Board members

  • General managers, including CEOs, COOs, and division heads

  • Senior leaders responsible for executing and controlling strategy

  • Public relations executives

Individuals and teams are welcome to attend. Sending two or more representatives from your organization fosters teamwork and amplifies program impact.

Global Perspective

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Asia Pacific
Latin America
Middle East
North America

Top Industries Represented

  • 22%


  • 15%

    Nonprofit Services

  • 10%

    Consumer Products

  • 10%

    Professional Services

  • 9%

    Raw Materials / Energy

  • 8%

    High Technology

  • 6%


  • 5%


  • 4%

    Health Care

  • 3%



Years Worked

  • 5%

    Less than 10 years

  • 15%

    10-14 years

  • 27%

    15-19 years

  • 20%

    20-24 years

  • 21%

    25-29 years

  • 8%

    30-34 years

  • 3%

    35-39 years

  • 1%

    40 or more

Companies That Have Participated

  • Citibank

  • Heineken

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • Merck

  • Microsoft

  • Novartis

  • SAMI

  • Sysco Corporation

  • United States Department of Defense

  • USAA

All our executive education programs are developed and taught by a team of widely recognized HBS faculty. Many are skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through their board memberships, consulting, and field-based research, they address the complex challenges facing business leaders across the globe.

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When you participate in a virtual HBS Executive Education program, you benefit from a powerful learning experience carefully designed with a virtual setting in mind.

Through live, synchronous program sessions you'll engage directly with our renowned faculty to learn from their latest research, gain actionable takeaways, and facilitate your growth. Additionally, virtual learning groups will connect you to a global group of peers and build your network.

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Purposefully designed to bring the classroom to life for both participants and faculty

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State-of-the-art technology delivers active, engaging learning

We admit applicants on a rolling, space-available basis, so you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

The selective admissions process is based on professional achievement, organizational responsibility, and the admissions criteria for each program as described in Who Should Attend. There are no formal educational requirements for HBS Executive Education programs.

Learn more about the admissions process and requirements.

Program content, dates, schedule, fees, technology platforms, and faculty are subject to change. In accordance with Harvard University policy, Harvard Business School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.