- Department: The York Management School
- Module co-ordinator: Mr. Jonathan Fanning
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: H
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
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This module examines the demands for businesses to operate responsibly, from a political as well as an economic and environmental perspective. It considers both the social and environmental accountability of corporations, and tensions between regulation and principles of autonomous self-governance. Cases focus on both a national and international level, including MNCs and ethical conflicts that arise e.g. through trade, development and inward investment. It considers tools employed to demonstrate accountability, e.g. standards, codes, supply chain systems, and perspectives on whom corporations are accountable to. Given the way in which these social ethical demands are shaped by historical events and regulatory structures, the module does draw on historical as well as contemporary source materials. The instruments of governance are examined, including directors, organisational and financial structure, and the market for corporate control.
Identify research and incorporate key resources and examples into academic examinations of corporate governance
Develop an understanding of the role of corporate governance codes, both formal and informal, and of unwritten approaches to the management of corporate governance.
Challenge the existing models of ownership, control and reward in modern capitalism.
Analyse the role of the corporation in modern society and the nature of the constraints it operates under
Critically describe the nature and process of socially and environmentally responsible management
Evaluate the effectiveness of governance and accountability structures in a variety of business contexts
Politics, Economics & Organisation
Agency and Stewardship Theories
Thematic Case Studies
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Feedback will be given in accordance with the University Policy on feedback in the Guide to Assessment as well as in line with the School policy.
Set Text and Film
The chosen film will vary but these have been used before and may be used agian
LEWIS, M. (2011). The big short: inside the doomsday machine. Detroit, Large Print Press.
MCKAY, A., GOSLING, R., BALE, C., PITT, B., & CARELL, S. (2016). The big short.
Stone, O. (Director). (1987). Wall Street. [Film}. USA: 20th Century Fox
Other Example Readings for Lectures
Bhatt, K. and Türkelli, G.E., 2021. OECD National Contact Points as Sites of Effective Remedy: New Expressions of the Role and Rule of Law within Market Globalization?. Business and Human Rights Journal, 6(3), pp.423-448.
Chandler, A D (1977). The visible hand: the managerial revolution in American business. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press.
Chapter: The Managerial Revolution in American Business
Cheng, Joseph L. C; Peterson, Richard B. (2000). Advances in international comparative management. volume 13. Stamford, Conn: JAI Press
Chapter: Guillen, 'Corporate Governance and Globalization: Is there convergence across countries'
Eisenhardt, Agency Theory: An Assessment and Review, Academy of Management Review, vol. 14, issue 1, pp. 57-74
Fama, Eugene F. and Jensen, Michael C. (1983), Seperation of Ownership and Control, The Journal of Law and Economics, vol. 26, pp. 301-326
Jensen, M (1976), Theory of the firm: Managerial Behaviour, Agency costs and Ownership Structure, Journal of Financial Economics, vol. 3, issue 4, pp. 305-360
Guided research on FT.com