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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Course outline

 

General Information:

 

School: Economics & Social Sciences

Department: Business Administration

Level of Studies: Undergraduate

Course code: 702

Semester: G

Course title: Corporate Governance

ECTS: 5

Weekly teaching hours: 4

Type of course: mandatory/general background

Prerequisite courses: No

Language of instruction and exams: Greek

The course is offered to Erasmus students: Yes

Course URL: —

 

The purpose of the course:

This course brings students into contact with contemporary corporate governance issues that find daily application in businesses and organizations in both the private and public sectors.

 

The focus of the course is on the importance of corporate governance for modern organizations, and the development of a culture that promotes transparency in decision-making and accountability. With the help of examples and case studies, contemporary issues of business strategy are examined, with an emphasis on recent corporate scandals.

 

Learning outcomes:

Upon the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

-     Understand the reasons that lead to conflict of interest within an organization and the mechanisms that contribute to finding solutions.

-     Evaluates the structures that promote transparency and accountability in decision-making in an organization.

-     Know the legal and institutional framework of corporate governance in Greece and in the world.

 

General Skills:

-     Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information, using the necessary technologies

-     Adaptation to new situations

-     Decision making

-     Autonomous work

-     Teamwork

-     Work in an international environment

-     Work in an interdisciplinary environment

-     Generating new research ideas

-     Project planning and management

-     Respect for diversity and multiculturalism

-     Respect for the natural environment

-     Demonstration of social, professional and ethical responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

-     Development of criticism and self-criticism

-     Promotion of free, creative and inductive thinking

-     Other skills

 

Moreover, the course aims to develop the following general skills:

 

-     Critical ability and self-criticism

-     Ability to cooperate

-     Interpersonal skills

-     Search data using the necessary technologies

 

Course Content:

-     Concept, Meaning, Definition of Corporate Governance

-     Theoretical Background - Representation Theory

-     Corporate Governance Mechanisms

-     Comparative Analysis of Corporate Governance systems

-     Function and importance of Board of Directors

-     Strategic importance for modern businesses and organizations

-     Legal framework in Greece

-     OECD principles

 

Teaching & Learning Methods - Evaluation

-     Method of delivery: face-to-face

-     Use of information and communication technologies: Use of information and communication technologies in teaching, laboratory education, communication with students. Electronic communication with students, learning-process support through the “e-class” online platform.

 

Activities & Semester Workload

Lectures: 39 hours

Laboratory practice: 13 hours

Study of references: 35 hours

Submission of assignments: 15 hours

Exam preparation: 46 hours

Final exams: 2 hours

Total: 150 hours

 

Evaluation of students:

 

A.     Written final exam (70%) including: i) Multiple choice questions, ii) Analysis of roles and stakeholders in a short case study, iii) Solving problems related to the subject of the course, iv) Comparative evaluation of theory elements.

B.      Individual or Group Assignment (30%). The purpose of the assignment is to test the skills developed by the students in tools and services related to consumer behavior and their ability to plan and implement a project in a group or autonomously.

 

Recommended bibliography:

Monks R.G, Minow N., Corporate Governance, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Λαζαρίδης Θ., Δρυμπέτας Ε., Εταιρική Διακυβέρνηση, Εκδόσεις ΣΟΦΙΑ, Θεσσαλονίκη 2011.

Μέκος Κ.Ζ., Η εταιρική Διακυβέρνηση,  εκδόσεις ΑΝΤ.ΣΤΑΜΟΥΛΗΣ, Θεσσαλονίκη 2003