Inside the Black Box of Boards’ Decision-Making, First International Conference, May 14-15, 2020

It was with great anticipation that the VU Center for Boards and Executive Leadership Development launched its first international conference, entitled "Inside the black box of boards’ decision making", that took place virtually on May 14 and 15, 2020. Despite the global pandemic, we were excited to receive a great number of proposals and response from scholars and practitioners

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Given the relevance and urgency of understanding what actually happens in the boardroom, the lived experience, the conference started off with a powerful keynote speech by Dr. Ann Cunliffe from  FGV-EAESP in Brazil, who gave us an opportunity to shed light on the roles we play as researchers, to obtain clarity on our ontologies and epistemologies in the study of boards, to harness our passions in harvesting and capturing the multi-faceted issues related to board behaviors, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
We were very grateful for the various paper presentations from Australia, Armenia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Latvia, New Zealand, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the USA, that exposed us to topics ranging from effective boards, leader development, psychological and embodied experiences of boards’ work and strategic and risky decision-making processes.
This is the first of many international conferences that the VU Center for Boards and Executive Leadership Development will endeavor, and it will foster many more opportunities for scholars to share knowledge by building a unique community of knowledge on boards.
We thank each and every participant for their valuable contribution and look forward to many more rich exchanges, research and events in the near future!
For more information about this conference or about the VU Center for Boards and Executive Leadership Development, please contact Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova (
Scientific Committee
Svetlana Khapova
Marilieke Engbers
Lara Tcholakian
Ernst Graamans
Erik van de Loo
Jaap Winter 

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