Corporate Governance in the Asia Pacific - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Case Study (20%) , Case Study 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,633.00
International 2,883.00

Business leaders across the Asia Pacific adopt new business models in order to face the challenges of global competition.This course addresses the current debates about corporate governance, assesses the impact of Western models of corporate governance in the Asia Pacific, and provides the much needed Asian perspectives on this issue.

It investigates the practices of corporate governance in different countries across Asia comparing diverging meanings given to corporate governance and the varying degrees of success experienced in different national environments. Discussing Asia's leading companies in corporate governance, the course provides business people and managers with the knowledge to successfully enter Asia Pacific markets.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:


  1. Develop specialized knowledge of corporate governance in the Asia Pacific.


  1. Demonstrate the cognitive skills to investigate, analyse and synthesize relevant literature on corporate governance in Asia and compare the findings with recent developments in Asian businesses and corporations. 
  2. Synthesize the current debate on corporate governance in the Asia Pacific.

Application of knowledge and skills:

  1. Compare Asian best practices in corporate governance to Australian/Western best practices.
  2. Identify opportunities and challenges offered by Asian approaches to corporate governance for Australian businesses.
  • Case Study (20%)
  • Case Study 2 (20%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (20%)

Not applicable.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to corporate governance in the Asia Pacific: achievements and challenges.
2Globalisation and the ethical underpinnings of corporate governance
3Corporate governance and corporate social responsibility: similarities and differences
4Shareholders and stakeholders responsibilities
5The new Asian corporation
6Corporate Identity
7The shift to strategy
8The innovation factor
9Japan's corporate governance
10China's corporate governance
11India's corporate governance
12Overseas Chinese corporate governance
13The Asia Pacific and the new century: future prospects

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia

    By:Kyoko Fukukawa

    ISBN: 9780415673044


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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