Audit Committees in a New Era of Governance

This program explores new ways to operate effectively in a more rigorous market environment.
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Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Short programs-ClassRoom

Domain / Subject : Business & Management

Function : Leadership/Management

Trainer name : Paul M. Healy

Starts on : 1st Jul 2015

Duration : 3 Days

Difficulty : Basic

About the course

This program will prepare you to conduct business in a strained credit environment amid complex new accounting rules and government regulations. You'll examine strategies for meeting investor expectations, improving financial reporting and disclosure, and handling your audit committee's relationships with corporate management and auditors.

In a climate of heightened government regulation and investor scrutiny, the call for enhanced corporate oversight places greater pressure on audit committees. To position their organizations for success, committee members must ensure the integrity of information and compliance with government rules.

Course Objectives

This program prepares audit committee chairs, board members, and chief financial officers to operate effectively in today's more rigorous market environment. Engaging in an intensive and interactive curriculum, you will explore the critical issues affecting financial accountability. Equipped with new strategies for cultivating leadership, you will emerge better prepared to:

  • Assess the changing regulatory environment
  • Develop measures for improving transparency
  • Nurture relationships with internal managers and external auditors
  • Navigate the aftereffects of the financial crisis
  • Formulate new approaches for managing challenges and maximizing opportunities

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Target Audience

Audit Committees in a New Era of Governance is intended primarily for audit committee chairs and other committee members from boards of large established companies. Given the nature of corporate governance, however, it is equally beneficial for chief financial officers who work closely with the board's audit committee. To foster teamwork and maximize the learning impact, HBS encourages attendance by several representatives from a given organization.

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Course Topics

The action-oriented curriculum engages audit committee members and CFOs in exploring key questions, including:

  • How should audit committees and management deal with the heightened demand being placed on committee members for greater oversight and a higher level of financial and accounting expertise?
  • How can audit committees improve transparency for investors?
  • How can audit committees meet investor expectations for improved financial reporting and disclosure?
  • What role, if any, should audit committees play in the investor relations process?
  • How can audit committees better manage their relationships with directors, corporate management, and internal and external auditors?
  • Given these and related issues, what should the charters of audit committees contain, and how can these committees be designed to fulfill their responsibilities?


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