Effective governance can have a dramatic impact on the performance prospects of firms and can also be a substantial bulwark against organizational misconduct. Insights from both bodies of research (governance as it relates to performance improvement, and governance as it relates to minimizing misconduct) will be explored in this course. Readings and cases will touch on key issues for firm governance as it impacts strategy, ethics, and organizational performance—including behavioral issues, research insights, and current/contemporary challenges in governance. Topics include: Compliance versus integrity, approaches to governance, strategic issues for boards and directors, governance of managerial incentives, governance and external pressures, international/global approaches to corporate governance, risk management and governance processes. This course serves as a complement to GBUS 8090, in which we will introduce a number of new governance concepts and issues; however, GBUS 8090 is not a prerequisite.


Academic Course Objectives


·         Help students develop an understanding of the strategic importance of corporate governance practices

·         Encourage students to become conversant in the strategic and ethical challenges raised by governance issues

·         Familiarize students with different approaches (both effective and ineffective) to strategic corporate governance

·         Improve students’ judgment as potential executives and decision makers


Elements of the Course Grade


Class contribution                                            30%

Final paper                                                       25%

Individual caselet/discussion leadership                      45%