Corporate Governance

Will explore theoretically and study the organizations world-wide, such as, multi-nationals and non-profit organizations, how the governance matters are practiced, in the area of corporate structure of rules, practices, and processes, to direct and manage.

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth conceptual and practical knowledge and critical understanding of governance principles, roles and responsibilities, and its impact on organizational culture. Develop governance and leadership skills through critical analysis of board operational system and decision making. 

  • Corporate Governance: A Frontier Subject
  • Governance and Management
  • Theories, Philosophies, and Concepts of Corporate Governance
  • The Governance Partnership: Investors, Companies, and Directors
  • Models of Corporate Governance
  • Functions of the Board
  • The Governance of Corporate Risk
  • Board and Business Ethics
  • Governance of listed companies
  • Governance of non-listed companies
  • Board Membership: Directors’ Appointment, Roles, and Remuneration
  • Board Leadership: The Reality oft he Boardroom
  • Board Activities: Corporate Governance in Practice
  • Board Effectiveness: Building Better Boards
  • Board Evaluation: Reviewing Directors and Board

On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of Corporate Governance at the master's level that provides a basis for developing and/or applying new ideas, often within a research context.
  • apply knowledge, critical understanding, and problem-solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study (Corporate Governance)
  • assimilate knowledge and formulate opinions with incomplete or limited information, but that include a reflection on social and ethical responsibilities.
  • communicate their assumptions, and knowledge regarding Corporate Governance and the rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously.
  • use the acquired skills to allow them to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed and autonomous.
  • integrate knowledge from other courses of the master program and practical business and formulate critical judgments with incomplete data.

The course is offered as self-study in e-learning. The learning material is provided in the form of lectures, literature, and lecture notes. Independent learning is required. In the case of paper submissions, further research is expected in compliance with the given scientific standard. LIVE course sessions are offered to support the students with questions regarding the content. Students are supported in their scientific work by corresponding online seminars.

All lectures and learning materials are made available in the online campus GHU Campus. All lectures are recorded and are available for download 24/7. The lecture notes, as well as additional material provided by the lecturer, can also be accessed in the GHU Campus.

Documents for exam preparation consisting of lectures and lecture notes. Additional material provided by the lecturer serves as independent files and can be used to work on the exams. The examination comprises theory questions, reflection, and case study and is intended to confirm all learning objectives.

The assessment consists of a 5000-word Corporate Governance essay and assesses all learning outcomes. As a master-level assignment, the essay requires a command of a complex and specialized area of knowledge and skills. This implies that, in addition to demonstrating a sound grasp of the ideas and concepts relevant to the topic of theessay, students will show that they can evaluate aspects such as conventions of approaches, their internal consistency, relevance, and applicability, as well as strengths and weaknesses.

To reach an assessment, students will consider competing approaches and draw on critiques put forward in scholarly literature. The position adopted in the assignment and any claims made must be based on a careful, coherent, and logical arguments, need to be appropriately supported with evidence from relevant scholarly sources, and should be presented in a coherent piece of writing. Sources must be referenced appropriately in-text and in a quote/reference list as set out in the GHU Referencing Guidelines.

Yusuf Mohammed Nulla

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