Corporate Governance

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Before starting your coursework

The coursework is in two parts, but they are linked. This is done so that you can receive feedback on Part 1 to help you with Part 2.

Choose a country to analyse: it cannot be the UK as many of the lecture examples are from the UK. It is recommended that you analyse your "own" country but you do not have to. Be careful though, countries like Nigeria have so little information available that it is very hard to obtain regulatory information and Case Study examples. Before "choosing" your country please make sure that you can find 5 sets of published accounts of major listed companies for your country. If you cannot do this - you will have to do an alternative version of Part 2 of the coursework.

Case study data: 5 sets of published accounts - used in Part 2 but you need to know that you can get it as soon as possible Students must get 5 sets of published accounts (with narrative disclosures about Board Composition and Corporate Social Responsibility) to use as case study material. These must be from your chosen country. Save them as pdf files on your laptop - and print out the key sections.

Examples of bad Corporate Governance
It might help students to get some examples of poor Corporate Governance to use as case study material. Remember to use such examples sparingly though, you only want to make passing reference to such cases - the coursework is not asking you to describe these high profile "exciting" cases.

Weighting of the coursework
Part 1 50%
Part 2 50%
No in module retrieval is available - but students will receive full feedback on Part 1 to help them do Part 2.

Corporate Governance and Ethics: Coursework Part 1

Choose a country to analyse: it cannot be the UK as many of the lecture examples are from the UK.

Question 1: Locate the study of Corporate Governance within your chosen country. Critically discuss the importance of Corporate Governance to the development of your country in the globalized market place. (800 to 1,000 words) Your answer must follow the requirements detailed below. If a word is in bold you MUST interact with this specific sub requirement. Briefly describe the key historical, political, economic and cultural factors that explain why your chosen country is "unique" in the globalised market place. Explain the importance of the stock market within your chosen country. Draw a sub conclusion that summarises your findings. Ensure that all material is appropriately referenced. Use of Wikipedia, and other popular internet sources is allowable for this part of this question - due to its scope. Describe how your country is located in the global market place and describe what the political impetus for development is. Ensure that your answer demonstrates how the development of publically listed companies is pivotal (or not) to the economic development of your country. Explain how this contextualises the study of Corporate Governance in your country. In your own words critically discuss the importance of Corporate Governance to the development of your country in the globalized market place. This critical discussion must refer to, and flow from, the themes described above. This critical discussion must comprise of your own ideas expressed in your own words. You must show that you understand why Corporate Governance is important to your country. You will not pass if you simply describe a series of events and factors.You must use your own ideas to show the maker that you understand why Corporate Governance is important to study in the context of the development of your chosen country.You MUST comply with all the requirements outlined: the arrows show SOME but not all of the requirements.|

Question 2: Explain in technical terms how Corporate Governance should (and does) operate in your chosen country. Critically discuss the effectiveness of the prevailing Corporate Governance regime. (800 to 1,000 words) Your answer must follow the...
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