Utrecht, Netherlands

Corporate Governance after the Financial and Covid-19 Crises

when 19 July 2021 - 23 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 650

Failing Corporate governance of financial institutions has often been mentioned as an important cause of the crisis. Consequently, having a deeper understanding how Corporate boards are formed and how they act have become a topic of increasing importance. It also is already clear that the Covid-19 crisis will have a material effect on corporate governance. Do you want to know how corporations are directed and how we can make them perform better? This course will provide you with the answers!

Hundreds of billions of dollars in valuation were lost by scandals caused by failing corporate governance. Notable examples of this include Lehman Brothers, Parmalat and Ahold. These scandals also contributed to a climate in which trust between consumers and companies, between investors and directors, is harmed. Together with the Financial Crisis, these scandals inspired (semi) self-regulating bodies, governments, the EU and organizations like the OECD to take initiatives to improve corporate governance routines and safeguards. Corporate Governance Codes were altered and Codes for Financial Institutions were drafted to stimulate boards and shareholders to pursue a long-term strategy. The question remains however whether these changes will successfully prevent short-termism and excessive risk-taking, and, if not, what else can be done?

Many changes took place in doing business because of the Covid-19 crisis. You can see this crisis as the ultimate test of the Corporate Governance of many companies. But was Covid-19 a watershed point after all? The pressure from society, corporate citizenship, and stakeholders resulted in new challenges, while New Normal and it's environment include a different set of features which made an impact on routines, decision-making processes and structural models. So, what are the new complications besides basic bounds? What issues has corporate governance faced?

These main questions will be dealt with in the lectures of the course “Corporate Governance after the Financial Crisis” from both economic and legal perspectives.

Below you can find a trailer for this course. In addition, we have made a taster available for this course. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDfsxgmobyM

Course leader

Prof. dr. Wilco J. Oostwouder

Target group

Bachelor and Master students with an interest in Law & Economics. Ph.D. students and young professionals are also welcome to apply.

Course aim

To equip students and young professionals with an insight into the background and development of key issues in Corporate Governance. The assignment will stimulate participants to apply this knowledge to one of the big scandals whilst also practicing academic writing skills. This course is also an excellent introduction to the course Public Law & Economics and the Caput Corporate Governance of the Master Law & Economics of Utrecht University.

Fee info

EUR 650: Course + course materials

We haven’t decided yet whether this course will be in a physical, online or hybrid version. The price for participating online will be a hundred euro lower than the price for participating in the physical classroom. At first, this course will only be offered as the physical course, if this changes we will send an e-mail to all students who have already applied for this programme.
EUR 200: Housing fee (optional)

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