Corporate Governance and Financial Stakeholders
Full course descriptionThe purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of corporate governance, i.e. how different corporate structures can lead to a better alignment of managers’ interests with those of financial stakeholders.
In the first part of the course, the prerequisites needed for an in depths understanding of corporate governance are discussed. First, corporate governance will be motivated both from an agency perspective as well as from a financial stakeholder perspective. Second, valuation will be discussed which is at the very heart of finance and is the core paradigm that we will use throughout our study of corporate governance. The basic evaluation techniques will be refreshed and reviewed in the context of a case study.
The second part of the course focuses on specific types of financial stakeholders and their impact on the governance of companies. The course explores the role of shareholders and pays attention to shareholder engagement. Regarding other financial stakeholders, this course explores project finance, privatization and bankruptcy as examples of corporate structures in which other financial stakeholders such as banks, bondholders, employees or the government play an important role.
Course objectivesLearn about the different types of financial stakeholders and their specific interests in the firm.
Understand the relationship between financial stakeholders, corporate governance and firm value.
Understand the need for corporate governance in today’s economies.