International Corporate Governance

Subject IBUS30002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment: 3 hours per week plus a minimum of 6 hours per week in self directed study

One of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1

One of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1
Recommended Background Knowledge: Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.
Non Allowed Subjects: 325-325 Governance and the International Firm; IBUS30002 Governance and the International Firm
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Helen Hu


Subject Overview:

Corporate governance study has grown rapidly over the last decade fuelled by high profile corporate collapses such as Enron, WorldCom, HIH and Harris Scarfe. The knowledge of business ethics and corporate governance has become central to students, companies, directors, shareholders, employees, other stakeholders, and the wider business community. Topics will include ethics and corporate governance theories, board of directors, leadership, executive compensation, institutional investors, and the importance of sound governance practices in the global economy.

Objectives: • Identify and explain current theories of corporate governance.
• Evaluate the relationships between the ethics of society and the individual, and how these relationships influence the governance of corporations engaged in international business.
• Explain the complexities involved in conducting international business within diverse business environments.
• Identify the key elements of good governance and their role in the effective management of corporations operating in cross- cultural contexts.

A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%); written assignments totalling not more than 4000 words (40%) consisting of one reflective essay (10%) due in week 3 and one long essay (30%) due in week 9; and tutorial participation (10%).

Prescribed Texts: You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: • High level of development: oral communication; written communication; team work; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; receptiveness to alternative ideas.
• Moderate level of development: collaborative learning; problem solving; evaluating and synthesizing.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Management Studies
Related Breadth Track(s): Management && Leadership in today's global economy

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