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EXEC70-040: Corporate Governance January 2020 [Intensive - Weeks 7, 8 and 15]

General information

The purpose of the subject is to introduce students to the theoretical foundations of corporate governance and to develop an awareness of the practical problems associated with the interaction of the board, CEO and management, shareholders, auditors and other stakeholders of a corporation. Through the course, students will develop the technical skills necessary to evaluate the governance of a company from the perspective of an investor or potential investor in the company. The subject will also explore the link between shareholder value and corporate governance practices. We discuss how firm value depends on corporate governance practices and investor protection around the world. Greater investor protection lowers the cost of capital and results in greater financial development and economic growth. Thus, countries are searching for a set of governance practices, rules and regulations that will promote private sector development.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:EXEC70-040
Subject title:Corporate Governance
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:5

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x4 (Total hours: 16) - Seminars 1 to 4 (4hr per session Intensive Mode)
  • Personal Study Hours: x7 (Total hours: 42) - Recommended study time & reviewing materials


Prescribed resources:
  • ASX Corporate Governance Council (2014). Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations.
  • Company Directors' Listed Company Research Database (2012). ASX 200 Snapshot Report.
  • Jim Corkery (2013). Executive remuneration under scrutiny: e cu ing edge of the 'shareholder spring'. Jan 16, 2021 12:00:00 AM.
  • Allan Fels (2010). Executive Remuneration in Australia. 76-82.
  • Ingolf Dittmanny & Ko-Chia Yuz (2008). Providing E§ort and Risk-Taking Incentives: The Optimal Compensation Structure for CEOs.
  • David Peetz (2015). An institutional analysis of the growth of executive remuneration. 707-725.
  • Larelle Chapple and Jacquelyn E. Humphrey (2014). Does Board Gender Diversity Have a Financial Impact? Evidence Using Stock Portfolio Performance. 709-723.
  • Chelliah, Boersma & Klettner (2015). Governance Challenges for Not-For-Profit Organisations: Empirical Evidence in Support of a Contingency Approach.
  • Ioanna Boulouta (2013). Hidden Connections: The Link Between Board Gender Diversity and Corporate Social Performance. 185-197.
  • Lessing, Morrison & Nicolae (2012). Educational institutions, corporate governance and not-for-profits.
  • Rene ́ B. Adams & Daniel Ferreira (2009). Women in the boardroom and their impact on governance and performance. 291-309.
  • Ioannis Ioannou & George Serafeim (2011). The Consequences of Mandatory Corporate Sustainability Reporting.
  • Eli Greenblat (2016). Troubles cost top bosses a $10m cut. [Business Cases]
  • Mitchell Bingemann (2017). Stokes stands by his man at Seven. [Business Cases] The Australian.
  • Dean Lewins (2017). Ex-Seven exec in $8m fraud claim. [Business Cases] The Australian.
  • Tim Gordon (2017). Boards should heed investors’ call to rein in exec remuneration. The Australian.
  • The Australian Institute of Company Directors (2016). Board Committees - Role of the Board.
  • The Australian Institute of Company Directors (2016). Role of the company secretary.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2017). Good Governance Guide - Appointment of a director.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2015). Good Governance Guide - Creating and disclosing a board skills matrix.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2014). Good Governance Guide - The role of the remuneration committee.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2017). Good Governance Guide - Developing a risk register.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2016). Good Governance Guide - Integrated organisational planning.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2014). Good Governance Guide - Risk management overview.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2016). Good Governance Guide - Risk appetite statement.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2015). Good Governance Guide - Issues to consider in developing or reviewing a policy on diversity.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2016). Good Governance Guide - Annual reporting on governance in the public sector.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2015). Good Governance Guide - Ethics in the public sector.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2016). Good Governance Guide - NFP Board structure.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2016). Good Governance Guide - NFP Conflicts of interest in not-for-profit organisations.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2016). Good Governance Guide - NFP Separation of authority between board and management.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2016). Good Governance Guide - NFP Stewardship.
  • Governance Institute of Australia (2016). Good Governance Guide - NFP Volunteer management.
  • KPMG (2016). ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations on Diversity.
  • Grant Thornton (2017). Diversity of Thought in Family Businesses.
  • The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (2013). Women in Leadership: Understanding the gender gap.
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (2013). Directors Social Impact Study - Examining governance challenges and opportunities in Australia's not-for-profit sector.
  • Ernst & Young (2010). Women in leadership: Engaging Australian business.
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (2016). 30% by 2018: Gender diversity progress report.
  • The Financial Services Council (2011). ESG Reporting Guide for Australian Companies.
  • Global Reporting Initiative (2013). G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
  • (2015). One Sport - The Future Course Independent Review of Athletics in Australia.
  • PWC (2014). Up close and professional: the family factor Global Family Business Survey.
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Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

Must be admitted into an EMBA Program

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. At the conclusion of this subject, you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between corporate governance and firm performance.
  2. At the conclusion of this subject, you should be able to understand and evaluate current recommendations with respect to corporate governance practice and disclosure.
  3. At the conclusion of this subject, you should be able to evaluate executive and board remuneration structures as they impact on good governance.
  4. At the conclusion of this subject you should be able to interpret recommended practice with respect to external governance structures based on shareholder structure, reporting guidelines and recommendations, and audit quality.
  5. At the conclusion of this subject you should be able to interpret recommended practice with respect to internal governance structures based on Chairman/CEO separation, Board Independence, Board Committees, Executive and Director remuneration.
  6. At the conclusion of this subject you should be able able to identify and critically assess current Governance practices within an organisation.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Class Participation Class participation 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Written Report Corporate Governance Analysis 50% In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Case Analysis Executive Remuneration Case 30% In Consultation 1, 3.
Oral Presentation Company Governance Audit Presentation 10% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 6.

Pass requirement

Students must make a genuine attempt of ALL pieces of assessment and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more.

  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

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Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Theories of corporate governance

Overview of external and internal governance structures

Chairman, boards, independence and performance

Approved on: Apr 16, 2018. Edition: 1.1