21st Century Leadership – Masterclasses

Our world is getting ever more complex and business needs to adapt to new challenges every day. To keep up in this rapidly changing world, leaders need to stay ahead of the curve! 

This is why Prof. Dr. Fred van Eenennaam is hosting the one-evening 21st Century Leadership Masterclasses that give you access to:

  1. The most relevant Harvard Business Cases on real-life challenges
  2. Enlightening conversations with fellow experienced business leaders 
  3. Insights from the best topic experts


So far 186 business leaders benefited from the discussions of complex strategic challenges, transformation processes, as well as corporate governance dilemmas

Take full advantage of these insightful discussions by joining on location or online from anywhere in the world!


The 2023-24 Agenda


Nov 7 | Managing Digital Innovation

Nov 21 | Corporate Governance Special

Jan 30 | ESG and Strategic Sustainability  (Circular Economy Alliance)

March 19 | Digital Innovation and Futureproof Strategy

April 16 | Corporate Governance Special

Aug 27  | ESG and Shared Value Creation

Oct 15 | Driving Digital and AI Strategy

Nov 26 | Corporate Governance Special


Register as an online or on-site participant from 473 Euros by clicking “Select modules and dates”

*Each masterclass is a 5-hour long session from 16:00 to 21:00 (CET). 

** The sessions are hosted at Loetje Oudekerk aan de Amstel and the on-site fee also includes catering


Session Details


By the Center for Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance Special

April 16, 2024

Dive into the latest trends in ESG investing and governance innovations with the Harvard Business Cases of Black Rock and Patagonia!

Session hosts prof. Dr. Fred van Eenennaam and prof Pablo Collazzo (Center of E-governance, Donau Universitat Kerms) bring you the top cases on navigating governance innovations and ESG investment challenges.

Case Discussions:

Black Rock’s ESG investment dilemma

Now BlackRock is facing pressure from a variety of stakeholders. Republican legislatures are cutting their states’ investments in BlackRock funds, saying that the firm’s “woke investing” is damaging their states’ economies. Environmental groups are protesting that BlackRock is not divesting quickly enough from nonrenewable energy sources. Individual and institutional investors alike are confused by the lack of clear criteria for environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds, and analysts question whether ESG investing is sufficiently profitable.

Patagonia: Earth is now our only shareholder

On Sept 14, 2022 Yvon Chouinard the founder of the famous clothing and gear company announced that he is no longer Patagonia’s owner but the company is owned by planet Earth. The ownership is being transferred to an innovative combination of a perpetual purpose trust and a non-profit. What does the new governance structure look like? Does this structure support the mission of using profit to fight the environmental crisis? Is it a new model of how future business will look or is it a dead end?


By the Center of Business Transformation

ESG, and Strategic Sustainability

Aug 27, 2024

Mounting social and environmental pressures are reshaping the competitive landscape for companies in every industry. Take the next step towards achieving the ESG goals of your business while maintaining economic growth! What are the strategies that yield results?


By the Center of Strategy & Competitiveness

Digital Innovation and Futureproof Strategy

Oct 15, 2024

Prepare for tomorrow’s business landscape by identifying opportunities today! Discuss the new Harvard Business Case ‘Metaverse wars’ with a group of 10 decision-makers.

The latest McKinsey research shows that the metaverse has the potential to generate up to $5 trillion in value by 2030. It’s an opportunity that is too big to ignore. Besides Meta, each tech organization has a different view on how and when the metaverse will take shape. The Appel Vision Pro Mixed Reality Headset is already hitting the headlines for 2024.

After generative AI will metaverse be the next big hit or is it a fad? What would be the important use cases? Is it only a virtual playground or will it change how we live and conduct business?




By the Center of Business Transformation

ESG, and Strategic Sustainability

Jan 30, 2024

Case Discussions:

Circular Economy

A bold new approach to solving interconnected global crises! What if business systems could emulate nature? Purpose-built economies can be optimized to more efficiently mimic this perfect design. Businesses could benefit from embracing and leading the transition to a CE; in particular, pursuing circular opportunities could unlock almost USD 5 trillion by 2030. Decouple economic growth from resource depletion, eliminate waste, and achieve climate neutrality, while maintaining economic growth and competitive advantage. Discuss the example of companies who adapted a circular model and learn from their results and challenges!

Guest Speaker: Prof. Saman Sarbazvatan, Circular Economy Alliance

Ferrari: Shifting to Carbon Neutrality

Ferrari is attempting to make the ultimate luxury product carbon-neutral and ESG-compliant!

On the Capital Markets day of June 16, 2022, Vigna announced that carbon neutrality, or bringing the company’s carbon footprint to zero, is now going to be at the core of Ferrari’s strategy. Ferrari would reduce the emissions of its suppliers, its production process as well and its car fleet. These announcements came in a context of economic and political uncertainty, and regulatory changes in the automotive industry. Is it a realistic mission in the resource-heavy automotive industry hindered by the European energy crisis due to the 2022 Russian and Ukrainian war and the post-pandemic resource scarcity? Vigna wondered, “Have I been too bold or not bold enough?”

Corporate Governance Special

Nov 21, 2023

During this corporate governance special, we dive into two real-life business cases with a group of board members on governance challenges that cause uneasiness today: Cyber-attacks and cryptocurrencies. What is the right course of action during a ransomware attack? Where is the line between speculation and risk-taking?

Guest Speaker: Prof. Charles C.Y. Wang, Harvard Business School

Case Discussions:

Ransomware attack at Colonial Pipeline Company

On the morning of May 7, 2021, Colonial Pipeline Company became aware that the company had been the victim of a malicious ransomware attack that had stolen and locked up company data. The extortionists demanded 75 bitcoins (worth about $4.4 million at the time) in exchange for the decryption tool needed to unlock the data. To contain the system infection, the control room promptly shut down all company pipelines that transported nearly half of all refined oil products consumed in the East Coast of the United States.

Within hours, external experts and governmental authorities were assembled to help but information was still limited on how to manage the cyberattack. As the passing of every minute threatened the oil supply to 13 states and the nation’s capital, CEO of Colonial Pipeline, Joseph Blount had to make one crucial decision: whether to pay the ransom or not. The case discusses Colonial Pipeline’s cybersecurity practices, ransomware trends, detail of the ransomware attack at Colonial, impact of the attack, Colonial’s response to the attack, and post-attack repercussion. Overall, the case prompts readers to contemplate how organizations should prevent and respond to the ever-increasing threat of cyber breaches.

Accounting for Bitcoin at Tesla

On February 8, 2021, Tesla revealed, through its 10-K filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that it had purchased $1.5 billion of Bitcoin, totaling 7.5% of the company’s cash, and that it planned to accept payments in the cryptocurrency soon. These announcements came at the heel of the sixth straight quarter of positive GAAP profit and the first profitable fiscal year in the company’s history.

The revelation about Tesla’s Bitcoin purchases were met with mixed reactions by stock investors and market participants. This case centers around the accounting treatment of Bitcoin at Tesla: what does the accounting treatment say about Bitcoin as an asset, and what are its implications for Tesla’s profitability under the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles or Elon Musk’s compensation incentives? The case also raises questions about whether investing in Bitcoin is consistent with the company’s strategy or could be deemed a form of speculation, and whether Musk’s public communications about cryptocurrencies (e.g., his cryptocurrency-related “Tweets”) constitute a form of market manipulation.

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Trusted by 206 companies

In the sessions, I enjoyed the diversity of the group. A diversity of backgrounds, functions, and companies. There are a number of lasting relationships coming out of my participation that have been very helpful in my daily life and work as well.
Niels van Namen
EVP Global Healthcare, CEVA Logistics

Program Director

Prof. Dr. Fred van Eenennaam besides being an esteemed academic is an international non-executive and supervisory board member and the director of the consultancy firm The Decision Group.
He’s been teaching Strategy & Governance to executives, board members, and MBAs for 15 years.
He was the 8th member of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness Initiative at Harvard Business School and Prof. M. E. Porter, Ph.D. added him to his HBS Hall of Fame in 2012.


During the Harvard Business Case Method you can put yourself in the shoes of decision-makers at a real organisation facing a business issue. Often, the objective of the discussion is not to reach a consensus, but to understand how different people arrive to diverse conclusions. The discussions help you to get insights into various strategic and governance challenges and improve your decision-making process.

Read more about the Case Method.


One business case discussion can take 1 -2 hours long., depending on the session. During the masterclasses the case discussions lasts for 1 hour 30 mins.

The self tutorial directive is approximately 2 hours for each case.

Our programs are dedicated to executives, directors and business leaders. You can expect to have practical discussions with a small group of peers during the sessions. This ensures high quality, dynamic conversations and match making opportunities.

If you signed up to one of our programs but can’t make it, don’t worry! We can sign you up to the next one with the topic of your interest!

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