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MN50479: Global governance and accountability

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: This unit aims to introduce students to key theoretical concepts in corporate governance, and use these concepts to understand the different economic, social and political contexts across advanced industrial and emerging economies. The unit critically examines the roles of boards of directors and their role in the governance of corporations, compares and contrasts a range of theoretical perspectives on governance drawn from economics, sociology, and strategic management, and sets an understanding of corporate governance within the wider social, political and economic systems within which companies operate.

Learning Outcomes: This unit should provide students with an appreciation of key concepts in corporate governance, and enable students to describe key aspects of corporate governance systems in a number of different countries, and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of these systems in comparison. Students should gain greater appreciation for the importance of social and political factors in shaping different models of firm organization across countries, and critically understand how new social science concepts were developed in response to changes in the real world of business management.

Skills: Critical and creative writing: developing the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, and generalise appropriately (F, A)
Application of theories from economics, law, political science and sociology to real world cases (T, A)
Ability to conduct research into business and management issues through research design, data collection, analysis, synthesis and reporting (F).
Data analysis: using information and knowledge effectively, organising data, synthesising and analysing (T, A)

Content: The unit outlines key theories in the field of corporate governance, such as the agency, stewardship and stakeholder perspectives. It explores key dimensions of corporate governance in an internationally comparative perspective, outlining key differences around the world in patterns of ownership, the role and structure of boards, executive compensation and careers, the market for corporate control, and forms of employee participation. Different public policy approaches will be explored critically with regard to law, politics, culture, and other institutional factors. The unit will also look at selected countries in depth, including the UK, USA, Japan, Germany, and emerging economies such as China.

Programme availability:

MN50479 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management

MN50479 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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