Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
MM11220 (or EC10510 with EC10610) or (EC10120 with EC10320)

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 5 seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Unseen written examination  80%
Semester Assessment 1500 word essay  20%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Unseen written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

* On completion of this module, students should be able to:

* Identify and critically analyse different models of corporate governance.

* Critically analyse and evaluate the role of monitors and gatekeepers.

* Describe, illustrate and discuss the importance of corporate risk management.

* Demonstrate a critical evaluation of corporate social responsibility.

* Identify and critically assess the value of ethics and codes of conduct.

* Assess the impact of the regulatory environment on governance.

* Critically illustrate and discuss the development of the corporate governance paradigm.

* Identify and critically assess governance practice in the international context.

Brief description

The subject of ethics is highly topical in the contemporary business world. Recent years have seen a lot of media coverage of 'unethical' business conduct and there is growing public concern about the social and environmental consequences of business activity. The governance of corporations has attracted particular interest, with the behaviour of managers, their relationship with various stakeholders and issues such as executive remuneration occupying a high profile. This module encourages students to reflect critically on such matters. In so doing, it aims to develop students' ability to discuss, from an ethical perspective, various approaches to the relationships that shape the corporate environment.


  • Business, society and the state
  • Critical and postmodern perspectives on business and governance
  • Corporate leadership, business management and ethics
  • Relationships between key players in the corporate environment
  • Business-related issues and specific scenarios considered from an ethical perspective

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Treatment of numerical problems in tutorial exercises, and appropriate examination question.
Communication Tutorial class discussion and production and presentation of group assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance In preparation for, attending and participating in and reflecting on tutorial classes. Preparing and producing essay and eventual assessment in examination.
Information Technology Appropriate accessing of the internet for reference material, and use of word-processing skills in essay production.
Personal Development and Career planning Development of various personal and interpersonal skills, generally transferable in career terms, including initiative, independence and self-awareness - in addition to skills listed above
Problem solving Treated in lectures and applied in tutorials.
Research skills Obtaining, selecting, assimilating information from a variety of sources for use in tutorials, essay preparation and production and expanding on lecture material.
Subject Specific Skills Government policy issues and impact treated in lectures and tutorials.
Team work Group oriented tutorial tasks.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Alvesson, M. and Willmott, H. (1996) Making Sense of Management: A Critical Introduction London: Sage Primo search Fredericks, R.E. (2002) A Companion to Business Ethics Oxford: Blackwell Primo search Fryer, M. (2011) Ethics and Organizational Leadership: Developing a Normative Model Oxford: Oxford University Press Primo search Grey, C. and Willmott, H. (eds) (2005) Critical Management Studies: A Reader Oxford: Oxford University Press Primo search Hancock, P. and Tyler, M. (2001) Work Postmodernism and Organization: A Critical Introduction London: Sage Primo search Jones, C, Parker, M. and ten Bos, R. (2005) For Business Ethics London: Routledge Primo search Mallahi, K., Morrell, K. and Wood, G. (2010) The Ethical Business 2nd Edition London: Palgrave Primo search Mallin, C.A. (2007) Corporate Governance 2nd Edition Oxford: Oxford University Press Primo search Parker, M. (2002) Against Management Cambridge: Polity Primo search Parker, M. (ed) (1998) Ethics and Organization London: Sage Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6