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Corporate governance and shareholder activism have gained in importance over recent years. This free course, Influences on corporate governance, will enable you to consider the issues addressed by corporate governance. You will examine some of the recent scandals and the regulatory reactions to them, before looking at the elements that continue to drive this area.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- provide a range of definitions of corporate governance
- identify issues usually addressed by corporate governance structures
- summarise recent scandals and abuses and the regulatory reaction
- identify the other drivers of corporate governance, such as capital markets, shareholders and rating agencies.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 What is corporate governance?
- 2 The drivers of corporate governance rules
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Influences on corporate governance
The topic of ‘governance’ is one that has gained popularity, and the term is now used to embrace a range of concepts. This course establishes some basic principles that will form the basis of your study. You will have the opportunity to consider how well these principles match up with your own observations of corporate organisations and behaviour
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Business Studies courses or view the range of currently available OU Business Studies courses.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 12th July 2011
Last updated on: Thursday, 11th February 2016
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