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Module Title LM Corporate Governance
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 18997
Module Lead Derek Condon
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions As an optional module: MBA International Business, MBA GBF, MBA S&PM
Description The module will consider the fundamental issue of how corporations are run. The focus is on debates around how to improve the functioning of corporations in the post-Enron era and aims to develop an understanding of what constitutes good corporate governance and what the impact is of regulations and codes of practice.

Strategic leadership and corporate governance are phenomena relevant to organisations of varying size, business activity and geographic location. The module covers a fast growing area of consulting-related work and the basic objective is to understand the theory and practice of corporate governance and its role in the strategic management of the modern corporation.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Critically apply corporate governance theories and frameworks to the various corporate governance structures found in their national environments
  • Show an advanced understanding of the role of the board of directors in shaping the strategy of a company and protecting the interests of stakeholders
  • Show an advanced understanding of the relationship between the management of a company and the objectives of the relevant stakeholders
  • Identify the key factors shaping the debate on the recent development of corporate governance regulations and code
  • Assess the difficulties facing companies required to apply their own national corporate governance regulations in foreign subsidiaries and joint ventures
  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the growing importance of corporate responsibility and how it relates to corporate strategy.
Assessment 18997-01 : Group presentation : Presentation (20%)
18997-02 : Individual assignment : Coursework (80%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 100% Coursework
3,000 word Individual Assignment (80%)
Group case study presentation (20%) – 30 minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions and debate

Reassessment: 3,000 word Individual Assignment (100%)
Reading List Clarke, T. (2004), ‘Cycles of Crisis and Regulation: The Enduring Agency and Stewardship Problems of Corporate Governance’, Corporate Governance, 12, 2, pp. 153–61
Woodford, M. (2012), Exposure: Inside the Olympus Scandal, London: Portfolio Penguin
Wearing, R. (2005), Cases in Corporate Governance, London: Sage
Solomon, J. (2010), Corporate Governance and Accountability (3rd edn), Sussex: Wiley
Financial Reporting Council (2012), The UK Corporate Governance Code, London: FRC