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Financial Strategy & Governance - MAN00014M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jairaj Gupta
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module summary

Module prerequisite: Finance or any other quantitative background is essential

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

The module is designed to enable students to understand the nature of financial strategy in market economies. It explores the use of corporate finance theory in the analysis and determination of corporate behaviour and it aims to teach the main techniques used in formulating financial strategy. The module examines and evaluates the financial reporting environment, regulatory and conceptual frameworks underlying financial decision making in firms.

Module learning outcomes

Successful completion of the module will demonstrate that students are able to:-

  • Understand a range of theoretical perspectives underpinning financial practice
  • Apply the use of corporate finance models and theories to evaluation of the operating environment
  • Analyse the role of finance theory in the determination of corporate behaviour and strategy
  • Appreciate the nature and purpose of financial planning techniques
  • Apply and critically evaluate different financial strategies
  • Understand perspectives that challenge conventional opinions about the role of financial strategy in market economies.


Task Length % of module mark
3000 words coursework
N/A 80
Group presentation
N/A 20

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
3000 words coursework
N/A 100

Module feedback

The timescale for the return of feedback will accord with TYMS policy

Indicative reading

Corporate finance and financial strategy : optimising corporate and shareholder value. Authors: Davies and Crawford, 2014.

Additional Reading
Arnold, G. (2001). Corporate Financial Management, FT Pitman.
Brealey, R and Myers, S. (1999). Principles of Corporate Finance, McGraw-Hill.
McLaney, E. J. (2000). Business Finance: Theory and Practice, Pitman.
Riahi-Belkaoui. (2004). Accounting Theory, Thompson.
Watson, D. and Head, T. (2004). Corporate Finance: principles and practice, 3rd edition, FT Pitman.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.