A93111 Corporate Governance [English version]

Scuola di Economia e Management
Academic Year 2019/20 First Semester

Docente TitolareValter Lazzari
Office"Torre" (main tower), 7th floor
Phone0331 572420

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. assess the governance risks facing companies when managerial control does not rest in the hand of the providers of capital;
  2. design appropriate mechanisms to minimize and monitor these risks;
  3. leverage on laws, rules and self regulation to maximize firm’s access to capital markets and allow a fair and orderly trading of securities;
  4. adapt governance solutions to the diversity of legal environment.

Course Content

Listed companies are responsible for a large share of the wealth produced globally. Their corporate governance system is a paramount concern that the society must address to ensure prosperity. An effective corporate governance preserves investors’ confidence and fosters investments and growth.

With this in mind, the course will provide appropriate coverage and critical knowledge of the following topics:

  1. the several forms of the principal-agent problem affecting listed companies;
  2. alternative institutional and organizational solutions to deal with each of these problems;
  3. the legal frameworks existing across Europe relating to corporate governance system;
  4. self regulation, market  for corporate control and for managers as disciplinary devices;
  5. international trends in corporate governance: diversity and functional convergence.

Course Delivery

The course will run under a workshop format requiring active students’ involvement. Lectures are held throughout the entire semester. Students are responsible for LEARNING the material before coming to class and for PROVIDING a meaningful contribution to the discussion led by the instructor. It means to be able to provide accurate and sensible answers and comments whenever personally quizzed by the instructor (it will happen several time during each lecture) and to contribute new and original ideas.

In preparing for lectures students must master any detail of the required readings and are invited to extend their reading through personal search on the internet, as well as to related academic journal or newspaper articles they may become aware of through their daily reading. While the content has been designed for an international audience, a slight tilt towards the Italian regulatory setting as designed by laws, exchange norms, authority rules and self regulation persists.

You are responsible for consulting on a regular basis the website of the course on “my.liuc.it” where updates, additional material and slides about the course are posted. No excuse accepted for any failure during the course you may incur into due to a delayed consultation of the website.  

Course Evaluation

Students attending classes AND sitting for the exam in the first session of January 2020: grade is based on participation (40%) and a written exam (60%). 

All other students should pass an oral exam.

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