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2022/2023  BA-BINBO1427U  Corporate Governance

English Title
Corporate Governance

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Spring, Fourth Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in International Business
Course coordinator
  • Therese Strand - Department of Accounting (AA)
Main academic disciplines
  • International political economy
  • Management
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 30-11-2022

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Learning objectives
By the end of the course, students should be able to critically evaluate selected theories within the fields of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and business ethics, as well as discuss how these frameworks can be applied to concrete business situations:
  • Explain, combine and analytically discuss the theories, frameworks, models and concepts presented in the course.
  • Critically discuss the role of business in society, in the context of globalised markets and internationally active firms.
  • Identify business challenges and opportunities arising from internal corporate governance challenges and external stakeholder pressures.
  • Using the concepts and frameworks discussed in the course, sketch responses to these challenges and opportunities, and reason why those responses would pass the “good business ethics” test of critical observers.
Corporate Governance:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer and Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure



Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Corporate governance concerns the way firms are directed and controlled. The regulatory backlash caused by corporate scandals and the financial crisis, as well as growing public and media pressure on companies to act in a ‘socially responsible’ way, have put stakeholder engagement on top of the corporate agenda. Regardless of international business managers’ individual philosophical stance on what the role of business in society should be, these pressures cannot go unmanaged and need to be addressed in a strategic manner. A thorough understanding of the corporate governance demands companies face today is therefore a necessary prerequisite in any international business function.
This course gives an introduction to the theoretical foundations of corporate governance, develops awareness of associated practical problems, and provides an overlook of governance systems around the world. The intertwine of legal, economic, political, and psychological factors affecting how firms and markets are run and controlled creates complexity and challenges our ability to state and solve problems practically as well as intellectually. The course provides students with a toolbox and skills for evaluating firms from a governance point of view.

Description of the teaching methods
The course is lecture based, using various texts, journal articles, cases, and current events and news to illustrate the topic of each session.

In addition, participants will get the chance to solve three case studies as a small group work, which are to be discussed and presented during the exercises. The exercises are conducted in different formats and can include traditional case discussion, as well as poster sessions, quizzes, competitions etc.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is offered on multiple occasions in varying formats. At the individual level, participants are given the chance to work independently with study questions, mini cases, quizzes, mini exercises etc. that relate to each lecture topic. Feedback is typically provided in writing, through answer sheets or guiding answers for questions of a more open character, but it can also be provided in the format of videos, audio files, or links to solutions provided through the library or online.

Each lecture topic has an online discussion forum where it is possible to ask questions about the material and receive assistance from the lecturer(s) as needed.

For the three case studies/exercises, each group that hands in the task receives written or oral feedback on their work. The feedback consists of a guiding answer to the case, combined with comments on the individual solutions handed in or presented by each group.
Student workload
Teaching 42 hours
Examination 48 hours
Preparation 116 hours
Expected literature

will be specified in january

Case studies will have to bought by the individual student.


Last updated on 30-11-2022