Corporate Governance Benchmarking Project – Individual Piece of Coursework
This project will make reference to a wide range of techniques to be considered,
both conceptual issues emanating from the academic literature and business press,
Such an approach, engaging the worlds of theory and practice, will allow students
to demonstrate: critical evaluation and synthesis of complex issues and material;
clear evidence of relevant applications informed by current research and practice
in the area; and wide knowledge and depth of understanding of complex and
specialised principles and the development of ideas and practice.
Consequently, the successful completion of such a programme of work will allow
students to present a project that is academically rigorous, professionally relevant
and educationally relevant. Word length: 3,000 – 3,500 words.
The coursework could take the following format. Benchmarking exercise of
company and sector could include the following steps:
1. Introduction – setting the scene:
Briefly introduce the subject of corporate governance and how it has
Briefly introduce the sector and case company selected, why it was chosen in
particular, including: rationale for selecting: (i). the sector; and (ii). the case
company. Useful resource: Keynote database.
2. Benchmarking process:
Benchmarking of the case company can then be undertaken using materials
encountered in the module, based around three corporate governance topics
of your choice. These could include subjects such as risk management, CSR,
boards, stakeholder engagement, ethics, board committees, board structures,
the role of directors, amongst others – the choice of corporate governance
topics is for you to decide. Three issues are usually a sufficient number to choose.
The sections of the benchmarking process could employ the following types of
approach to investigating the issues you choose, involving:
o Applying academic and theoretical corporate governance approaches
to corporate governance issues as they affect the case company, e.g.
agency theory, stakeholder theory, shareholder value approach,
stakeholder approach, enlightened shareholder approach, amongst
others. Useful resources: textbooks, lecture notes and ABI Global Package
o Applying technical and practical guidance to the issues as they relate to
the company and covered in the course of lectures. Useful resources:
textbooks, lecture notes, Financial Reporting Council website
(www.frc.org.uk) – Corporate Governance section; and
o Matching the governance claims of the companies with their actions in
practice, using good quality media sources. Useful media sources can be
secured through the Nexis UK database on the University library website.
3. Concluding section: this could bring together the various sources of evidence
reviewed in the main piece above, allowing a critical evaluation of materials.
Observations could be made on the practices and processes evidenced, with a
view to drawing conclusions on the standards of governance encountered.
Pre-Written Pages: 11
*Please note down the Number of Pages & Order Topic before place the Pre-Written Order
*Please note that pre-written orders are previously submitted orders by students and tutors. They are not plagiarism-free and should only be used for reference or better understanding of the topic.
If you require newly written order then please select custom order. We guarantee that the completed custom order will be free of plagiarism.