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Module Title LM Corporate Governance and Organisation
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Strategy and Int Business
Module Code 07 21365
Module Lead Amon Chizema
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None

The issues surrounding the corporate governance of public companies have become steadily more important since the Cadbury report was published in 1992. Shareholders entrust their investments to managers who act as an agency. Non-executive directors carry out a different role in terms of accountability and control, as well as the overall direction, but not the management of the organisation. This represents a complex set of relationships, with possibly quite different agendum. Globalisation and the associated convergence of international capital markets raise further complications around the question of reconciling economic performance with corporate social responsibility. This module assesses all of these issues and compares the main alternative models of governance globally before examining the role, responsibilities and duties of non-executive directors and their relationship with the management team on behalf of investors and other stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how corporate governance reflects the changing world business scene;
  • identify and evaluate the governance issues that arise with the growth of MNC's, the global wave of mergers and acquisitions and the spread of strategic alliances and networks;
  • critically evaluate perspectives from different disciplines which contribute towards an understanding of corporate governance: law, economics, sociology and organization theory;
  • compare the operation of different corporate governance systems across the world;
  • critically analyse the special corporate governance problems arising in developing countries;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of alternative criteria for business performance, including the concept of corporate social responsibility.
Assessment 21365-01 : Individual Assignment : Coursework (70%)
21365-02 : Group Presentation : Coursework (30%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 1250 word individual assignment (70%); Group presentation (30%)
Reassessment: 2000-2500 word individual assignment (100%)
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