Case | HBS Case Collection | September 2006 (Revised February 2008)

Philips Electronics N.V.

by Jay W. Lorsch and Alexis Chernak


Looks at the multinational company, Philips Electronics, which is headquartered in the Netherlands, as an example of a company with a two-tiered board. The company is governed by both a supervisory board and a board of management. Examines the role, dynamic, and best practices of each of the two boards. Additionally, the case examines the relationship between the two boards and the key factors in determining that relationship.

Keywords: Multinational Firms and Management; Corporate Governance; Governing and Advisory Boards; Business or Company Management; Management Teams; Netherlands;


Lorsch, Jay W., and Alexis Chernak. "Philips Electronics N.V." Harvard Business School Case 407-047, September 2006. (Revised February 2008.)