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2020/2021  MA-MMFUV2013U  Corporate Governance, Sustainablity and Ethics

English Title
Corporate Governance, Sustainablity and Ethics

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 6 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Part Time Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 10
Max. participants 30
Study board
Study Board for Master i forretningsudvikling
Course coordinator
  • Aleksandra Gregoric - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
  • Bersant Hobdari - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Corporate governance
  • Finance
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 30-06-2020

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Learning objectives
In order to achieve the grade 12 the participants must with none or few immaterial shortcomings meet the following objectives:
  • Show an overall knowledge of the key concepts of corporate governance and specificmechanisms
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits and costs of various corporate governancemechanisms
  • Apply theories and models of the course to real cases.
Corporate Governance, Sustainability and Ethics:
Exam ECTS 6
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam Home assignment - written product
Size of written product: Max. 10 pages
Assignment type: Essay
Duration: Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

In response to the financial crisis of 2008, Alan Greenspan remarked: “I made the mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organizations, specifically banks and others, were such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and the equity of the firm”. The statement is still highly relevant in light of recent scandals across industries, including the financial sector. From the governance perspective evidence suggests failure across the board – risk management systems, functioning of boards, designation of remuneration and incentives schemes, and effectiveness of supervisory and regulatory bodies. In the course, we will discuss how corporate governance helps financial institutions deal with these issues. We will do so by combining discussions of corporate governance concepts and empirical evidence with practical examples and business cases. The aim is to equip course participants with the knowledge necessary to critically analyse the various aspects of corporate governance and contribute to the decisions concerning the governance activities in a corporation.

Description of the teaching methods
This course will consist of lectures, guest presentations and case exercises.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given during lectures and in connection with the exam
Student workload
Teaching hours 32 hours
Preparation and exam 118 hours
Last updated on 30-06-2020