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On 3 April 2020 and in agreement with the President of the Government of Catalonia, the Catalan Minister of Business and Knowledge and the rectors of the other Catalan universities, the Rector of the Universitat de Barcelona decided to suspend all second-semester face-to-face teaching activities until the end of the academic year. For this reason, our university's teaching staff may need to make certain changes to the course plans of the subjects they teach, so that they can teach subjects online. When and where such changes are made, they will be explained in a new appendix attached to the end of the original course plan.



General information

 

Course unit name: Organizational Behaviour and Corporate Governance

Course unit code: 573221

Academic year: 2019-2020

Coordinator: Vesna Savic

Department: Department of Business

Credits: 2,5

Single program: S

 

 

Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 62.5

 

Face-to-face and/or online activities

22.5

 

-  Lecture

Face-to-face

 

7.5

 

-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face

 

15

Supervised project

20

Independent learning

20

 

 

Competences to be gained during study

 

General competences

CG2. Capacity to propose a business project based on an original idea and to assess its feasibility.


Basic competences

CB6. Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.

CB7. Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.

CB8. Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgments based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgments.

CB9. Capacity to communicate conclusions, judgments and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.

CB10. Skills to enable lifelong self-directed and independent learning.


Specific competences

CE1. Capacity to apply the main concepts and management tools to resolve advanced problems and business situations related to the strategic, financial, commercial, operational and logistics management of international companies.

CE2. Capacity to adopt a strategic, integrated approach to business problems and ability to address them effectively at an international level.

CE7. Capacity to direct the international logistics of a company or group of companies with a view to achieving optimal supply chain management.

CE9. Capacity to examine the options, potential and opportunities presented by different regions in the global economy and to identify the specific features of the various markets and societies involved, with a view to improving effectiveness and complying with demands on professional responsibility.

CE10. Capacity to acquire an advanced level of competence in the writing of scientific documents, specialized reports and research papers in which value judgements are formulated, complying with standard criteria for publication or for presentation to potential stakeholders or other interested parties at the global level.

 

 

 

 

Learning objectives

 

Referring to knowledge

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

— Understand the mechanisms, processes and relationships implied in managing an international business.

— Develop abilities to make decisions conditioned by the different international stakeholders.

— Understand the corporate mechanisms related to control actions, policies and practices of the international business.

— Develop leadership competences and skills on corporate decision making.

 

 

Teaching blocks

 

1. Corporate structures and decision making in an international context

2. Stakeholders’ relationships in the international business (board, managers, shareholders, headquarters-subsidiaries, administrations, auditors, customers, etc.)

3. Corporate government mechanisms (control actions, policies, practices)

4. Leadership and organisational culture in the multinational

5. Sustainability, CSR and CSV in global management

 

 

Teaching methods and general organization

 

The subject methodology combines lectures to introduce theoretical concepts with more practical sessions based on group work, problem-solving exercises and case studies.

 

 

Official assessment of learning outcomes

 

Continuous assessment requires regular attendance and submission of assignments.

Assignments: the characteristics are presented at the beginning of the course. It is worth 60% of the final grade.

Written test: the characteristics are presented at the beginning of the course. It is worth 40% of the final grade.

Repeat assessment

Written test: the characteristics are presented at the beginning of the course. It is worth 100% of the final grade.

 

Examination-based assessment

This assessment procedure is designed for those students that cannot attend classes regularly or submit the assignments.

Written test: the characteristics are presented at the beginning of the course. It is worth 100% of the final grade.

Repeat assessment

Written test: the characteristics are presented at the beginning of the course. It is worth 100% of the final grade.

 

 

Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB

Book

Solomon, J.F. (2010), Corporate Governance and Accountability, 3rd John Wiley Inc.

 

 

ADAPTATION OF THE COURSE PLAN TO ONLINE TEACHING MODE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020, IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS

 

Methodology and alternative learning activities:
Sessions on BB Collaborate.
 

Assessment of learning outcomes:
 

CONTINOUS ASSESSMENT
The weightings for continuous assessment activities have been changed. Students were notified via the Virtual Campus on 19 March, shortly after the announcement of suspension of face to face activities:
- Assignments (60%). Assignment 1 (20%); Assignment 2, focus on Leadership and Culture (20%); Class participation and activities (20%)
- Final group project (40%). Report (20%); Presentation (15%); Role as reviewer (5%).
 

SINGLE ASSESSMENT
A written examination accounting for 100% of the grade for the subject, designed as an exhaustive case study analysis through which students will be required to discuss the theoretical and practical aspects of the course.

The case and the remit will be handed out to students at the time of examination. The session on BB Collaborate will be open for the duration of the examination for clarifying doubts. Students must submit the written report at the end of the session. The case encompasses several major issues relating to theoretical concepts that all students should be able to recognize from the course content. It also addresses additional issues that students may be able to identify, in which case extra marks will be awarded.

Instructions will be given to students ahead of the examination so that they are clear about the relevant aspects of the general topic they will be asked to analyse.
 

REPEAT ASSESSMENT
A written examination accounting for 100% of the grade, designed as an exhaustive case study analysis through which students will be required to discuss the theoretical and practical aspects of the course. The case and the remit will be handed out to students at the time of examination. The session on BB Collaborate will be open for the duration of the examination for clarifying doubts. Students must submit the written report at the end of the session.

Some basic questions will be formulated in order to guide students in writing a comprehensive report and analysing the case correctly. Again, marks will be awarded in two parts: for discussion of issues that students should be able to recognize from the course content, and for additional issues through which students may demonstrate a more advanced understanding of the topic.

Instructions will be given to students ahead of the examination so that they are clear about the relevant aspects of the general topic they will be asked to analyse.