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MAS 366: ORGANISATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE
Credit: 3

By : Hannah Vivian Osei

COURSE OVERVIEW


The objective of this course is to expose students to the role that leaders play / should play in the governance of corporations for these corporations to be productive. Various traditional and contemporary leadership theories and models will be discussed and assessed on their relevance in this era.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
The objective of this course is to expose students to the ingredients of leadership and corporate governance.  To help students understand the importance of leadership and corporate governance in relation to firm’s performance.  To help students understand the various principles in corporate governance and how it affects firm’s performance.  To identify the various corporate scandals and how to prevent and manage these scandals. 

COURSE OUTLINE
 Unit

1:

Introduction – governance and

leadership
 Unit  Unit  Unit

2:

The nature and traits of leadership

3:
4:

Leadership versus management
Traditional and contemporary perspectives on leadership

 Unit

5:

Leadership dimensions

COURSE OUTLINE


CONTINUED

Unit 6:

Parties to corporate governance



Unit 7:
Unit 8: Unit 9: Unit 10:

Elements / principles of corporate
governance Model, mechanisms and controls of corporate governance Corporate governance and firm’s performance Corporate scandals







GRADING
 Continuous

assessment: 30%

 End

of semester examination: 70%

READING


LIST

/ RECOMMENDED

TEXTBOOKS

Kim K. A., Nofsinger J. R., Mohr D. J. (2010),

Corporate Governance, 3rd edition, Prentice Hall



The

International

Handbook

of

Corporate

Governance by Nexia International (1996)



Shackleton V., (1995), Business Leadership,
Thomson Learning

INTRODUCTION – GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP – UNIT ONE

By : Hannah Vivian Osei

LEADERSHIP


Daft (2003) defines it as the ability to influence people towards the attainment of organisational goals. Among all the writings of leadership, three things stand out – people, influence and goals. Leadership occurs among people, involves the use of influence and is used to attain goals’ (Yukl, 1989). Leadership is about control, guidance, headship, direction and management.



CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
 Corporate

governance consists of the set of processes, customs, policies, laws and institutions affecting the way people direct, administer or control a corporation. Corporate governance also includes the relationships among the many players involved (the stakeholders) and the corporate goals. simple definition of corporate governance is given as ‘a system through which Corporates (businesses, companies or commercial entities) are guided and directed’ (Cadbury Report, 1991).

A

CORE OBJECTIVES


Strategic Focus Predictability Transparency Participation



Accountability Efficiency & Effectiveness Stakeholder Satisfaction.











EVOLUTION OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE


The first documented use of the word "corporate governance" was by Richard Eells (1960, pg. 108). He used it to denote "the structure and functioning of the corporate polity“ In the ancient times, when humans roamed on this earth in tribes, there were tribal communes in existence. The activities of the tribe as well as individual members were supervised by the tribal communes to ensure adherence to tribal norms. the tribal form gave rise to agrarian communities where the concept of family took hold. The family had a structure based on age and experience and the activities of the family members were viewed by the family councils





EVOLUTION OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE


In the Roman Empire, specific corporate bodies, such as municipal bodies were developed to manage public affairs with transparency for common good. In the Middle East, the nomadic tribes had...
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