Compendium of Core CBA Knowledge

The following is a selection of both current and classic books which form the broad based, core knowledge of a Certified Board Advisor™.

It is AICBA’s philosophy that all current and potential corporate directors as well as their trusted advisors must possess, in addition to their deep individual expertise, a broad spectrum of industry, functional, cultural and multinational knowledge to be truly effective leaders in the today’s fast moving and often chaotic global environment.

The AICBA Compendium is a fluid, dynamic tool for use by the CBA and will be continually researched and updated. It is from this Core Knowledge, that AICBA is developing its certification exam for CBA candidates.

All CBA’s and non-Certified AICBA Members are encouraged to contribute to this effort.


Board Leadership & Management

Money For Nothing - How CEOs and Boards Are Bankrupting America
John Gillespie and David Zweig

The Mind of the CEO

Jeffrey E. Garten

The Board Book - An Insider’s Guide for Directors and Trustees
William G. Bower

The Effective Director - Building Individual and Board Success
Neville Bain.

Corporate Governance - A Board Director’s Pocket Guide: Leadership, Diligence, and Wisdom
Annie Choi and Eric Yocam.

TheRecurrent Crisis in Corporate Governance

Paul W. MacAvoy and Ira M. Millstein

Boards That Lead

Ram Charan, Dennis Carey and Micahel Useem

The Director’s Handbook
Thomas J. Dougherty, Esq.


Executive Leadership & Management

Leading With Values - Positivity, Virtue and High Performance
Edward D. Hess and Kim S. Cameron

The 5 Pillars of Leadership - How to Bridge the Leadership Gap
Paul J. Meyer and Randy Shechta

Level Three Leadership - Getting Below the Surface
James G. Clawson

Contemporary Issues in Leadership  5th ed.
Willam F. Rosenbach and Robert L. Taylor

Do What You Can

John J. Hall


Strategy, Competition & Globalization – Products & Services

Competitive Strategy - Techniques for analyzing industries & competitors
Porter, Michael.

The McKinsey Way  - Using the Techniques of the World’s Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business
Rasiel, Ethan M.

Top Management Strategy - What It Is and How to Make It Work
Tregoe, Benjamin B., Zimmerman, John W.

Competition in Global Industries
Michael E. Porter


Legal & Investigative including FCPA/Whistle Blower Issues

To be Announced


Finance & Accounting

Financial Shenanigans - How to detect accounting gimmicks and fraud in financial reports
Howard M. Schilit

Creative Accounting, Fraud and International Accounting Scandals
Michael Jones and Nic Jones

Scandal! - The Amazing Tales of Cheats, Crooks and Criminals and How They Helped to Create the Modern Economy
Cait Murphy Editior, Fortune Magazine


Sales, Marketing, Branding & Reputation Management

The Fundamentals of Business-to-Business Sales and Marketing
John N. Coe

Revenue Disruption - Game Changing Sales & Marketing Strategies to Accelerate Growth
Phil Fernandez

How to Create an Unstoppable Marketing & Sales Machine - Effective Use of Web Marketing and Social Media Tools
Christopher Ryan


Operations & Business Processes

Customer-Driven Operations Management
Christopher K. Ahoy

Integrated Operations Management - A Supply Chain Perspective
Mark D. Hanna and W. Rock Newman


Human Resources including Compensation & Benefits

CEO Succession: A window on How Boards Can Get It Right When Choosing a New Chief Executive

Dennis Carey and Dayton Ogden

Recruiting and Hiring Executives

Thomas Jacobson

How to Manage Your Board While Your Board Manages You

Martin M. Coyne II

The Perfect Board: Issues that await the modern member of a Board of Directors

Calvin K. Clemons

When Talent Goes Global

Uzma S. Burki

The Board of Directors and Business Management

Melvin T. Copeland


Information Systems including Cyber Security

Cyber Security Awareness for Corporate Directors & Board Members

Henry Dalqiel and David Willson

Cyber Threat

MacDonnell Ulsch

Cyber War

Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake

Computer Hacking and Security Cyber Warfare: China’s Strategy to Dominate in Cyber Space

U.S. Army Command and Staff College


Country & Political Risk

The Competitive Advantage of Nations

Michael Porter

Business Controls & Security

To Be Announced

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