BUSN603 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
Prerequisites 30 cp from units at Masters-level Teaching Organisation 3 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.
Issues of governance and ethical dealings by organisational management are seen by those who interact with them as being of critical importance to their ongoing relationship with an organisation. This unit provides an introduction to the theoretical, conceptual and ethical issues which impinge on the way in which corporate directors and managers work, solve problems and interact with their employees, shareholders, clients, government and statutory agencies, and the community at large. The nature of governance will be examined against a background of ethical theory and how ethical perspectives influence decision-making will be discussed. The point of profit and the relationship of corporations to the wider community, particularly in the global context, will be critically examined, as well as the question of the responsibilities corporations and their executives have to their stakeholders. Consideration will be given to the way in which corporate governance can foster the growth of ethical organisations.