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Corporate Governance (MSB310A)

For investors to be willing to provide financing, some mechanisms protecting their interests must be in place. Such mechanisms can be incentive contracts for company executives, legal protection of owner rights, ownership concentration and voting power, or membership of the corporate board. This course builds an understanding of how these mechanisms work.

Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

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Upon completion of the course students will have


  • an understanding of the goals of a firm, and the objectives of managers.    
  • an understanding of how financial contracts and CEO remuneration should be designed in order to provide incentives and maximize a firm's value.             
  • an understanding of how a firm’s governance structures depends on firm and industry characteristics.             
  • knowledge of common investors rights and how they are used and enforced.


  • ability to investigate and assess the strengths and weaknesses of a firm's governance structure.             
  • ability to assess the political forces behind the regulation and development of financial markets.         
Required prerequisite knowledge

Hand-in and written exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Hand-in 2/5 Letter grades
Written exam 3/5 4 Hours Letter grades All

Evalution will be a combination of handins and exam. The details will be announced in the syllabus at the beginning of the course.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Jean Paul Rabanal Sobrino
Course coordinator: Bernt Arne Ødegaard
Study Program Director: Yuko Onozaka
Open for
Master in Accounting and Auditing Business Administration - Master of Science Business Administration - Master of Science (5 years)
Course assessment
Students will have the opportunity to give feedback on the course first in an early dialogue, and then in a written course evaluation at the end of the course.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto