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Module Title LM Corporate Governance Issues in Fund Management
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 15974
Module Lead Kean Ow-Yong and David Oxtoby
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions As an optional module: MSc Investments
Description This module aims to provide an understanding of the evolution of corporate governance including international developments in corporate governance, with a particular emphasis on the fund management perspective. The module also examines the role of fund managers and the corporate governance issues with which they are concerned, for example, board structures; executive renumeration; non-executive directors. The module will also look at some of the regulatory aspects of corporate governance relating to fund managers and at the impact of various guidelines and codes on shareholder activism, including recent developments following on from the global financial crisis.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Discuss the current developments in corporate developments in corporate governance codes, institutions and regulations in selected countries;
  • Evaluate the role of fund managers in promoting standards of good corporate governance in selected countries;
  • Critically review the debate on the role and responsibilities of fund managers;
  • Discuss the relationship between trustees, fund managers and beneficiaries.
Assessment 15974-01 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (75%)
15974-02 : Assignment : Coursework (25%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions A 2,000 word assignment (25%) and 2 hour exam (75%)

Reassessment: 2 hour exam (100%)
Other None
Reading List Mallin CA, Corporate Governance, 2nd edition, 2007, Oxford University Press