Prof. Dr. Michael Hilb

Michael Hilb is founder of DBP Group and a member of the boards of directors of Klingelnberg, Kuhn, and Sigvaris Group. He is a titular professor at the University of Fribourg and teaches strategy, entrepreneurship, and corporate governance at the University of St. Gallen, the University of Zurich, and Singapore Management University.

Michael is chair of the Board Foundation and vice-chair of the Foundation for Value Creation. He sits on the advisory boards of several organizations, including the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa).

Previously, Michael held senior leadership positions at Holcim, Roland Berger, and DKSH, where he led group strategy and built with his team a leading, profitable digital business across Asia. He studied business at the University of Michigan, the Stockholm School of Economics, and the University of St. Gallen, where he obtained an MSc and PhD. Michael was a visiting fellow at INSEAD and Harvard University.

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Prof. Dr. Michael Hilb

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Insights

  • Board Views

    From Corporate Governance of Sustainability to Sustainable Corporate Governance

    What is the best way to integrate sustainability into the corporate governance framework? Boards of directors have chosen two distinct paths: the functional way, which focuses on corporate governance of sustainability, and the foundational approach, which leads to sustainable corporate governance. This article assesses the merits and limitations of both approaches and calls for a transition to sustainable governance. This requires board members to engage regularly with stakeholders and to continuously debate the underlying assumptions to further develop the governance framework as required.

  • Board Views

    The Multipurpose Corporation as a Driver for Sustainable Value Creation

    The nature of the debate on the role of business in society strongly suggests a cyclical nature, with constant attempts to balance different interests and perspectives. To overcome the illusion of solving this conundrum, this article proposes an alternative approach, multipurpose capitalism. It posits that companies should compete not only on their products and services, but also on their different purpose profiles. It is left to consumers, workers, and investors to decide where to shop, work, and invest. The article offers a framework and methodology to create a comprehensive ecosystem that enables this matching process and suggests ways to overcome the challenges along the way.

  • Board Views

    The Board as Driver of Sustainable Change

    Responsibility is key to good governance. The article links corporate citizenship with innovation, urging boards to support social impact.

  • Board Views

    Striving for Excellence in Venture Governance

    The contribution of the venture board to entrepreneurial value creation, and its pivotal role in venture ecosystems, is often overlooked despite a long history of venture governance. History teaches us six principles of excellence in venture governance.

  • Board Views

    The Promise and Perils of Agile Governance

    Agility as a leadership principle has gained enormous importance in recent years. Many companies proclaim agility as a new leadership culture that is better aligned to future opportunities and challenges. At the same time, companies must adhere to corporate governance principles, some of which conflict with agility principles. This article presents considerations for improving the compatibility of agile leadership principles with the principles of effective corporate governance.

  • Board Views

    From Corporate to Ecosystem Governance

    Mastering ecosystems is increasingly seen as key to strategic value creation in highly dynamic environments. The role of governance has become a key differentiator between organizations that win or lose from the ecosystem game. This article discusses the importance of governance to the successful creation, development, and growth of ecosystems and presents eight challenges to be addressed along the ecosystem lifecycle. It continues with a taxonomy of ecosystem governance that provides a menu of effective governance mechanisms to address these challenges. The article concludes with advice on how best to manage the transition from a corporate governance to an ecosystem governance focus.

  • Board Views

    Mission Accomplished? The State of Digital Governance

    Five years ago, I invited a number of thought leaders to reflect with me on the role of the board of directors in the face of digitalization. The result was a collection of twelve perspectives on the governance of digitalization (Hilb 2017). Where are we now, five years, one pandemic, and perceived thousands of articles on digital governance later?

  • Board Guides

    Guidelines on the Corporate Governance of Data

  • Board Guides

    Guidelines on the Corporate Governance of Startups

  • Board Books

    Governance of Sustainability

  • Board Books

    Governance of Ecosystems

  • Board Books

    Governace of Ventures

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Programs

  • VR-Diplom-Programm 25.2

    Stattet Sie mit umfassendem Verständnis und praktischen Werkzeugen zur effektiven Ausübung eines Verwaltungsrats-Mandats aus.

    • 29.8.2025 - 19.12.2025open
    Dauer 6 Halbtage
    Sprache Deutsch
    Standort(e) Zürich-Flughafen
    Investition CHF 7'750
  • Cooperative Governance 25

    Vermittelt fundierte Ansätze und Werkzeuge zur wirksamen Führung und Aufsicht von Genossenschaften.

    • 18.3.2025open
    Dauer 1 Tag
    Sprache Deutsch
    Standort(e) Zürich-Flughafen
    Investition CHF 750
  • VR-Diplom-Programm 25.1

    Stattet Sie mit umfassendem Verständnis und praktischen Werkzeugen zur effektiven Ausübung eines Verwaltungsrats-Mandats aus.

    • 7.2.2025 - 4.7.2025open
    Dauer 6 Halbtage
    Sprache Deutsch
    Standort(e) Zürich-Flughafen
    Investition CHF 7'750
  • International Board Certificate Program 25

    Enables you to become an effective board director in international companies and organizations.

    • 31.1.2025 - 13.12.2025open
    Duration 16 days
    Language English
    Location(s) Lausanne, Liestal, Lenzerheide, St.Gallen
    Investment CHF 19’500

    Flexible
    Start

  • VR-Zertifikats-Programm 25.1

    Befähigt Sie als Verwaltungsrätin und Verwaltungsrat einen effektiven Beitrag zur wirksamen Führung und Aufsicht von Unternehmen und Organisationen zu leisten.

    • 24.1.2025 - 6.12.2025open
    Dauer 16 Tage
    Sprache Deutsch
    Standort(e) Ermatingen, Luzern, St.Gallen und Weggis
    Investition CHF 19’500
  • Zusammenarbeit & Nachhaltigkeit für den VR 24.2

    Vermittelt fundiertes Wissen in Hinblick auf Zusammenarbeit und Nachhaltigkeit für den Verwaltungsrat.

    • 20.12.2024open
    Dauer 1 Halbtag
    Sprache Deutsch
    Standort(e) Zürich-Flughafen
    Investition CHF 1'250
  • Strategie & Innovation für den VR 24.2

    Vermittelt fundiertes Wissen in Hinblick auf Strategien und Innovationen für den Verwaltungsrat.

    • 20.9.2024open
    Dauer 1 Halbtag
    Sprache Deutsch
    Standort(e) Zürich-Flughafen
    Investition CHF 1'250
  • VR-Diplom-Programm 24.2

    Stattet Sie mit umfassendem Verständnis und praktischen Werkzeugen zur effektiven Ausübung eines Verwaltungsrats-Mandats aus.

    • 23.8.2024 - 20.12.2024open
    Dauer 6 Halbtage
    Sprache Deutsch
    Standort(e) Zürich-Flughafen
    Investition CHF 7'750
  • VR-Zertifikats-Programm 24.2

    Befähigt Sie als Verwaltungsrätin und Verwaltungsrat einen effektiven Beitrag zur wirksamen Führung und Aufsicht von Unternehmen und Organisationen zu leisten.

    • 16.8.2024 - 7.6.2025fully booked
    Dauer 16 Tage
    Sprache Deutsch
    Standort(e) Ittingen, Lenzerheide, Luzern, St.Gallen und Weggis
    Investition CHF 19’500
  • VR-Zertifikats-Programm 24.1

    Befähigt Sie als Verwaltungsrätin und Verwaltungsrat einen effektiven Beitrag zur wirksamen Führung und Aufsicht von Unternehmen und Organisationen zu leisten.

      Dauer 16 Tage
      Sprache Deutsch
      Standort(e) Bern, Lenzerheide, Luzern, St.Gallen und Weggis
      Investition CHF 19’500
    • International Board Certificate Program 24

      Enables you to become an effective board director in international companies and organizations.

        Duration 16 days
        Language English
        Location(s) Lausanne, Lucerne, St.Gallen, Spiez (Berne), Rüschlikon (Zurich)
        Investment CHF 19’500

        Flexible
        Start

      • Board Diploma Program 25

        Equips you with a comprehensive understanding and practical tools to be an effective board leader.

        • 23.5.2025 - 25.5.2025open
        Duration 3 days
        Language English
        Location(s) Thun
        Investment CHF 7'750
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      Events

      • International Board Circle 24

        This Circle offers internationally oriented board members the opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues and to discuss the latest trends in corporate manage

        20.6.2024, 16:00 - 22:00open

      • Swiss Board Secretary Circle 24

        Diese Veranstaltung bietet Gelegenheit, einen Einblick in die neuesten Erkenntnisse aus Corporate-Secretary-Praxis und -Forschung zu erhalten.

        23.10.2024, 17:00 - 21:00open

      • Swiss Board Circle 25

        Der Swiss Board Circle bietet die Gelegenheit, sich mit Kolleginnen und Kollegen auszutauschen und gleichzeitig neuste Trends der Governance zu diskutieren.

        10.1.2025, 9:00 - 17:30open