Empirical Corporate Governance 9.11.-11.11. and 30.11-1.12. 2016

Time: November 9-11 and November 30 - December 1 2016

Place: Aalto University, School of Business, Helsinki

Learning Goal and Objectives: The course consists of two parts. In the first part, the current and emerging approaches on corporate governance will be elaborated. These include positivist, holistic, contingency and interpretive approaches as well as behavioral agency theory. Prior to the first part, each student is required to read key articles on these approaches and write diaries. In the second part students write a research proposal on empirical corporate governance. The course is highly interactive where students have various roles as authors, referees, and initiators of a research proposal. In this course, debating is the key learning method.
Instruction and examination: The course consists of two parts. In the first part, the current and emerging approaches on corporate governance will be elaborated. These include positivist, holistic, contingency and interpretive approaches as well as behavioral agency theory. Prior to the first part, each student is required to read key articles on these approaches and write diaries. In the second part students write a research proposal on empirical corporate governance. The course is highly interactive where students have various roles as authors, referees, and initiators of a research proposal. In this course, debating is the key learning method.
During the first part of the course, students get familiar with each of the approaches by writing diaries, giving presentations and discussing on these approaches. We use a role-play method, where each student acts as the original author explaining and defending the paper. The other students act as referees, making the critiques and suggestions for possible improvements.

After the Part I student will solve one of two take-home assignments, which will be given at the end of Part I.
In the second part, students are expected to write a research proposal in the field of empirical corporate governance under the supervision of two mentors (one from academia and the other from practice). Each student selects one of the approaches and develops and presents a research proposal, which have a potential to be published in a high quality journal (min. JUFO2). They will also market the proposal by a presentation and receive feedbacks from the mentors and other doctoral students.

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: 1-5

Prerequisites: PhD students

Admittance: Max 20 students, application time ends October 9, 2016

Instructors: Seppo Ikäheimo and Eduardo Schiehll (HEC Montréal)

Course coordinator and contact information: Seppo Ikäheimo