EXC 3632 Corporate Governance

EXC 3632 Corporate Governance

Course code: 
EXC 3632
Law and Governance
Course coordinator: 
Knut Sogner
Course name in Norwegian: 
Corporate Governance
Product category: 
BBA - Specialisation in International Business
2019 Spring
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Course type: 
One semester

The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the importance of corporate governance in developing sustainable business enterprises. Recent experiences in Norway and other countries have highlighted the effect that poor corporate governance can have on firm performance, survival and reputation. Today, not only investors, but also public authorities and high performance employees are examining a company’s corporate governance and control systems before committing to that firm. This course examines the evolving view of corporate governance in a global perspective.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completed course students shall have learned of:

  • Basic corporate governance concepts and theories
  • International and national standards for corporate governance
  • Corporate governance mechanisms and processes


Learning outcomes - Skills

After completed course students shall be able to:

  • Analyze the incentives and payoffs of different corporate structures
  • Use corporate governance analytical tools
Learning Outcome - Reflection
  • Respect for the ethical issues in corporate governance
  • Understanding of sustainable business practices both in economic, social, cultural and environmental terms
Course content
  • Introduction to the course, the history of the corporate governance field
  • Corporate governance theories
  • Board composition, interaction and performance
  • Organization strategy, business models and risk assessment
  • Incentives and compensation
  • Reporting, audit and control
  • Shareholder and stakeholder engagement
  • Value creation and profit sharing
  • Corporate governance standards
  • New trends, course wrap up
Learning process and requirements to students

The progress is secured through discussions and debates during the lectures. Students are expected to participate actively in class and to have completed the reading assignments before each class. They will be asked to present their views on the assigned cases, and to clearly argue their position in discussions of the cases.

The learning process includes are two coursework assignments where the first is preparation of a case presentation and a question for discussion in class. The presentation may be done in in groups of up to 5 students. The list of possible cases will be presented in the beginning of the semester. The second assignment is a multiple choice test given on Itslearning. 

Computer-based tools: It's Learning, word, excel, powerpoint/prezi etc. youtube, other tool introduced if needed.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

As of spring 2020, the evaluation form will change in this course. Last re-examination EXC 36321 - 3 hours individual written exam will be offered in the fall of 2019.


The specialisation requires two years of university education in Business Administration or equivalent.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Required study progress for BBA-degree

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Support materials: 
  • Bilingual dictionary
3 Hour(s)
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Examination every semester
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
36 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
72 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
72 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
20 Hour(s)
Preparation of case.
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.