COMMGMT 7011 - Corporate Governance and Globalisation (M)

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2015

This course will provide an understanding of the systems and practice of governance in corporations. Taking an international focus, the course will compare the current Australian practice with international systems of corporate governance. The issues of monitoring mechanisms, and the effects of government regulations are explored and current reforms of corporate governance are analysed. Further issues addressed will include board profiles, roles and performance, CEO-board relationships, reasons for and governance lessons from corporate failures, and approaches to assessing governance effectiveness

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMMGMT 7011
    Course Corporate Governance and Globalisation (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff
    Dr. Cristina Neesham
    Location: Level 10, 10 Pulteney St
    Telephone: 0405 554 616
    Course Website:
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Knowledge and Understanding
    1. Provide an understanding of the systems and practice of governance in corporations
    2. Compare the current Australian practice with global systems of corporate governance and analyse the issues of globalisation and regionalisation
    3. Explore monitoring mechanisms, and analyse the effects of government regulations and current reforms of corporate governance
    4. Provide an understanding of the impact of corporate, professional and national cultures on corporate leadership and governance
    5. Discuss the roles and performance of boards and CEO-board relationships
    6. Examine reasons for and governance lessons from corporate failures, and approaches to assessing governance effectiveness

      Communication Skills
    7. Provide students with the opportunity for continuing development of good inter-personal and communication skills, which is widely recognised as important for all graduates
    8. Develop students’ abilities to work in groups, make a group presentation and write a management report
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. Knowledge and Understanding objectives listed above
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. Students are required to research a corporate failure and report on the reasons for failure and provide recommendations
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. Individual Assignment requires practical recommendations to ensure corporate failure would not happen again given the same circumstances.
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. Seminar Leadership and Report is a group assignment that would require these skills.
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. Active use of online sources is encouraged.
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. Leadership qualities are developed in group assignments and professional endeavour is emphasised in all course tasks.
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. There will be a focus on corporate responsibility for global business issues and theory throughout the course.
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text Books

    Corporate Governance (Paperback), 2006 (or 2003)
    Authors: Colley, Doyle, Logan and Stettinius
    Publisher - McGraw-Hill. ISBN-13: 978-0071464000

    International Business: The Challenges of Globalisation, 2007
    Authors: Wild, Wild, Han and Rammal
    Publisher – Pearson Australia. ISBN: 9780733974724.
    Recommended Resources
    Bainbridge, S. (2008) The New Corporate Governance in Theory and Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Hill, C.W.L., Cronk, T. & Wickramasekera, R. (2008) Global Business Today: An Asia-Pacific Perspective.

    Homann, K., Koslovski, P. & Luetge, C. (2007) Globalisation and Business Ethics. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing Company.

    Monks, R. A. G. & Minow, N. (2008) Corporate Governance. (4th edn.) Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

    Stiglitz, J. (2007) Making Globalization Work. New York: WW Norton & Co.

    Tricker, R. I. (2009) Corporate Governance: Principles, Policies and Practices. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    No information currently available.

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.