Harvard professor Guhan Subramanian will lead you and fellow participants through an interactive discussion, bringing to light different opinions, different considerations, and different angles to view the same problem.

Executives from diverse industries and functional backgrounds, with varying personalities … all analyzing a problem and thinking through the lessons learned from these three boardroom crises and conflicts means you’re sure to leave with new perspectives to tackle the biggest challenges in your respective boardrooms.

The three case studies we’ll actively explore together include:


The Boeing board’s alleged failure to monitor design flaws on the 737 Max


The Tesla/Solar City acquisition, and Elon Musk’s conflicts of interest in that deal (and what could have been done differently)


The corporate governance failures at Theranos


Guhan Subramanian is the Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at the Harvard Law School and the Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at the Harvard Business School. He is the first person in the history of Harvard University to hold tenured appointments at both HLS and HBS. At HLS he teaches courses in negotiations and corporate law. At HBS he teaches in several executive education programs, such as Strategic Negotiations, Making Corporate Boards More Effective, and the Advanced Management Program.

Professor Subramanian’s research explores topics in corporate law, corporate governance, and negotiations. He has published articles in the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and the Harvard Law Review, among other places. Twelve of his articles have been selected as being among the “top ten” articles published in corporate and securities law in their respective years, among the 400+ articles that are published each year, by scholars in the field. The two-volume treatise Law & Economics of Mergers & Acquisitions, which includes 33 “seminal” articles from the field over the past 45 years, contains four of his articles, more than from any other scholar. He is also a co-author of Commentaries and Cases on the Law of Business Organization (Aspen 4th ed. 2012), a leading textbook in the field of corporate law.

Professor Subramanian has been involved in major public-company deals such as Cox Enterprises’ $9 billion freeze-out of the minority shareholders in Cox Communications, Exelon’s $8 billion hostile takeover bid for NRG, and the $26 billion management buyout of Dell, Inc.

He also advises individuals, boards of directors, and management teams on issues of dealmaking and corporate governance. Over his nearly two decades on the Harvard faculty Professor Subramanian has been involved as an advisor or expert witness in deals or situations worth over $150 billion in total value.

He is the lead independent director of LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ: LKQ), a Fortune 500 company in the automotive sector.