Global Corporate Governance

Subject MGMT90038 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 17-Sep-2016 to 02-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 20-Oct-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 20-Sep-2016
Census Date 23-Sep-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 07-Oct-2016

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is taught intensively over 36 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 2.5 hours of personal study per hour of class time is required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance


Entry to Master of International Business, Master of Human Resource Management, Master of Commerce (Management), Master of Commerce (Marketing), Master of Management and Master of Management (Human Resources). (MC-MGTS, MC-MGMT, MC-MGTHRES, MC-MGMTHRE, MC-COMMGT, MC-COMMKT).



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Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Helen Hu, Mr Robert Macdonald


Semester 1: Dr Helen Hu
September: Mr Robert Macdonald

Subject Overview:

Firms face complex problems of governance and increasing scrutiny. The course will explain the function and features of corporate governance and key corporate governance theories. It will analyse the roles of board members and why good corporate governance practices are important for businesses. In particular, the course will discuss the implications of board membership composition for firms; why independent directors on boards are crucial; how committees are structured; the distinctive function of a CEO and Chairman, among others. It will also highlight corporate governance in an era of 'social responsibility'.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand how the interaction of governments and NGOs impacts on relations between international firms and their stakeholders;
  • Understand the importance of reputation risk for international firms and how it can be managed;
  • Understand how international firms have identified and responded to governance failure;
  • Understand how the aligning of ethics, environmental responsibility with strategic decision making in an international firm can enhance long term value;
  • Analyse and synthesise different theories, models and ideas relevant to issues of governance in an international context;
  • Appropriately apply these theories, models and ideas to different scenarios as presented in case studies and class materials; and
  • Critically evaluate usefulness of the different theories, models and ideas in addressing problems of international governance.
  • 5000 word group assignment to be submitted and presented late in the semester (50%); and
  • 3500 word individual assignment. Due 2.5 weeks after the last session (50%).
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • High level of development;
  • Oral and written communication;
  • Collaborative learning & team work;
  • Problem solving;
  • Application of theory to practice;
  • Interpretation and analysis;
  • Critical thinking; and
  • Receptiveness to alternative ideas.
Related Course(s): Master of Accounting
Master of International Business
Master of International Business
Master of Management
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
150 Point Master of International Business
200 Point Master of International Relations
Master of International Business electives

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