Corporate Governance


The module is assessed on the basis of a 3000 word (+/- 10%) essay on one of the following questions:

1. Discuss the development of codes of corporate governance. What role do codes of corporate governance play in ensuring governance that avoids some of the problems associated with recent scandals of corporate governance? Answer with reference to either the UK context or to another national or international context. Discuss how the context you have chosen has shaped codes of corporate governance.

2. Provide a critical assessment of the importance of stakeholder involvement in contemporary corporate governance? Why is stakeholder involvement considered important for corporate governance? How might the interests of different stakeholders conflict with one another?

3. Critically discuss how either (a) a cybernetics approach or (b) a cooperative approach differs from the standard, mainstream approach to corporate governance. How do the approaches differ in terms of the form of decision-making processes and the inclusion of workers and others in those processes? Find one example of mainstream and one of alternative forms of governance to support your discussion.

Referencing and style guidelines
Your assignments should be completed in essay style, not in report style. All assignments should be completed in Times New Roman font, 12pt with double spacing throughout. You must use the Harvard Author-Date referencing system in your assessment. For detail of how you should cite different types of sources, see
Please pay attention to these guidelines as they will be taken into consideration as marking criteria.

Marking Criteria
Assignments will be marked on:

1) demonstration of analytic understanding of the topic through the discussion of relevant literature, appropriate focus on core concepts and assumptions, theoretical argument;

2) quality of development of reasoned and effective discussion through ability to construct a coherent argument, critically evaluate, utilise relevant examples.

3) quality of thoughtful engagement with the literature and debates discussed in the essay; ability to reflect, fairly consider, propose and express ideas.

4) ability to apply successfully the Harvard Author-Date referencing system and the style guidelines of the assessment.