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MANG6319 International Corporate Governance

Module Overview

Corporate Governance is an area that has grown rapidly in the last few years fuelled by high profile corporate collapses and financial crisis. The module builds on sound theoretical base to encompass the latest developments in the field worldwide. It takes an international approach to corporate governance, contextualising its development and providing a stimulating range of academic and empirical practitioner research, and topical case studies. It also introduces institutional and legal systems from both government and firm’s viewpoints that influence the effectiveness of corporate governance.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to discuss financial economics theories which constitute theoretical foundation of corporate governance. The theoretical study is supported by empirical evidence worldwide in which corporate governance develops by examining institutional structure and capital market for various countries at macro level and the firms’ structure which influence the effectiveness of corporate governance at micro level.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Develop a critical understanding of the nature of modern corporations and the social, economic, political and legal systems that govern them
  • Understand the financial economics foundation of corporate governance
  • Examine similarities and differences across various national corporate governance systems
  • Evaluate the institutional and legal environment of corporate governance setting
  • Evaluate the regulations that govern corporate governance practice
  • Recognise key pressures for reform in national corporate governance systems
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • problem solving;
  • written and oral communication;
  • critical evaluation
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Be able to apply financial economics theories to corporate governance issues and debate
  • Appreciate the role corporate governance on business success and failure
  • Appreciate some of the ethical issues that arise in relation to corporate activity


• The nature of modern corporations and the evolution of corporate governance • Theories of corporate governance • Development of corporate governance codes and corporate governance rating • Directors and Board Structure • Compensation for directors • Institutional investors and family-owned business • Effectiveness of internal and external auditing • International corporate governance development

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures Learning activities include As part of the summative assessment, students are asked to submit a written group assignment, and present their findings in a group presentation. Short in-lecture quizzes and ad-hoc multiple choice tests may be used to provide students with feedback and self-assessment opportunities.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

It is anticipated that key texts, reports, codes and articles will be placed on Blackboard and that further suggested reading will be announced in lectures.. Additional reading

Nordberg, D. (2011). Corporate Governance: Principles and Issues. 

Mallin, C (2012). Corporate Governance. 

Monks, R.A.G., and Minow, N. (2011). Corporate Governance. 

Wearing. R (2011). Cases in Corporate Governance. 

Solomon J (2013). Corporate Governance and Accountability. 



Set exercises - non-exam


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 50%
Group Assignment  (3000 words) 40%
Group presentation  (20 minutes) 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%
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