Teaching, Pedagogy, Corporate Governance, Board of Directors


Many MBA programs are offering graduate courses in corporate governance either as a stand-alone elective course or as a topic for discussion throughout the curriculum. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business’ (AACSB) Ethics Education Task Force (EETF)strongly encourages exposure to corporate governance in graduate programs. This paper looks at the pedagogy used to teach a graduate level elective course in corporate governance at a small, private Catholic Liberal Arts University. The focus of the course is to provide graduate students with a basic understanding of the history of corporate governance, both its regulatory past and present; provide an opportunityfor students to analyze some of the most popular theories that surround corporate governance and answers to who the board is responsible to, the stockholders or stakeholders of the firm; and finally the course aims to expose students to current issues related to the board of directors such as structure, selection, compensation, duties and liabilities among other current issues. The course is taught using a case driven, team based approach. The ultimate outcome of the course is to provide the student with tools necessary to identify and discuss issues faced by corporate leaders and board members, while encouraging students to become ethical participants in the corporate governance arena.

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