The CBS Board Leadership Program


The purpose of the Board Leadership Program is to provide a 360 degree perspective on the board’s tasks, issues and relations. The program is for board members as well as directors, advisors and others who want to contribute with qualified board work or who want to start a board career.

The program has been developed together with experienced board members from the Danish business community as well as CBS professors and partners in Kromann Reumert and EY.


  • Overview of the board’s tasks and issues
  • Concrete tools and competencies for use in professional board work
  • Exchange of experience and dialogue on “What do Boards do, what should Boards be doing” based on a large number of cases
  • Inspiration from experienced board members, professors and advisers in the Danish business community
  • Experience the interaction between the board of directors and the executive board

Profile of Participants

The program is for anyone who has the ambition to work professionally with board work in both listed, privately and publicly owned companies and organizations.

The profile of the 724 participants who have so far completed the Board Leadership Program is:

  • 34% have more than 5 years of board experience, 43% have between 1 – 5 years of board experience, and 23% have no board experience.
  • 72% work in management, 18% in advisory and staff functions, and 10% are full-time board members or are owner-managers.
  • The average age is between 50 – 55 years.
  • 38% are women and 62% men.

The education is pre-approved by the Danish Bar Association as compulsory continuing education for lawyers and legal assistants with 283 lessons.


Led by world-class faculty of experienced chairs, professors and advisors, the Program employs a significant number of empirical cases from the Danish business community. Case-based discussions in groups and in plenary sessions are facilitated by professors, experienced directors and advisors from Kromann Reumert and EY.

The lectures are all in Danish, with most of the cases being in Danish as well. The program concludes with an examination whereby the participants prepare and conduct board meetings in different case scenarios. The board meetings are overseen by five experienced chairs and professors who evaluate each participants performance, based on both the board meeting itself as well as on how well the individual prepared for the meeting.


The CBS Board Leadership Program is headed up by Tom Jacobsgaard (Executive Director of the CBS Board Leadership Education) and Steen Thomsen (Professor at the Centre for Corporate Governance, Copenhagen Business School) along with the Programs’ renowned faculty consisting of 12 professors from Copenhagen Business School, 20 experienced chairmen and members from different organizations as well as 18 advisors from EY and Kromann Reumert.