The unit introduces students to corporate governance - one of the most important developments in business. The abuses and excesses of the takeover era and the exponential growth of the institutional investor have transformed the roles of shareholders, managers, and directors of publicly held companies. This unit explains how modern corporate governance has evolved, the trends and changes taking place and the likely impact of those changes. Students will be assisted to develop skills in applying techniques for effective corporate governance.
Topic 1 The evolution of modern corporate governance
Topic 2 Company structure, the roles and responsibilities of directors and the board
Topic 3 Shareholders, stakeholders and ownership structures
Topic 4 Acting unethically: The anatomy of failure - Enron and HIH
Topic 5 Board knowledge and the importance of codes of ethics
Topic 6 A framework for board activities, board and committee structures
Topic 7 Board styles, board review and appraisal, and board development
Topic 8 Strategy formulation, policy making and measuring management performance
Topic 9 Government, not-for-profit, SMEs and corporate governance globally
Topic 10 Corporate social responsibility and global corporate behaviour
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Integrate advanced theoretical corporate governance knowledge across a range of business disciplines drawing examples from internationally significant business cases||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|2||Critically apply advanced theoretical and technical corporate governance knowledge and skills to solve emerging and or advanced corporate governance problems||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|3||Demonstrate the capacity to exercise judgement under minimal supervision to solve emerging and or advanced corporate governance problems in complex contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|4||Justify and communicate corporate governance advice, guidance and ideas in complex collaborative contexts involving both professionals and non-professionals in the corporate governance field||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
- New Edition: Solomon, J, 2013, Corporate Governance and Accountability, 4th edn, Wiley, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-118-44910-3.
Teaching and assessment
New Zealand - MIT
|Structured online learning|
|Exam: closed book||40%|
|Lecture online 1 hour (10 weeks)|
|Exam: closed book||40%|
Papua New Guinea - Air Niugini
Singapore - MDIS
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