• March 2nd, 2016

Critically evaluate the role of non executive directors in corporate governance and firm performance

Paper, Order, or Assignment Requirements

1) Critically discuss a theoretical framework that you believe represents the most appropriate explicit framework for the chosen corporate governance mechanism.
2) Briefly describe the background to the creation of the mechanism and the key UK governance documents regarding to the mechanism.
3) Critically evaluate the roles and the effectiveness of the mechanism, drawing on theories, academic research findings (3 academic papers at a minimum), real life examples (a minimum of one case, news or/and other sources).
4) Make your own recommendations in terms of how the mechanism could work better.
5) The essay should be well organised and clearly presented.
Ø Structure your essay with sub-headings, following the exact order of the requirements, adding a brief introduction and a conclusion.
Ø Ideas and arguments should be logically laid out.
Ø References/sources should be properly cited in the text (Harvard style of citation recommended), with full bibliographies provided at the end of the essay.

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO USE REAL LIFE EXAMPLES AND ACADEMIC PAPERS!!

Marking criteria:
1) Choose and discuss an appropriate theoretical framework for the selected corporate governance mechanism (35%)

Ø Several theories that you can choose from, e.g. agency theory; stakeholder theory; stewardship theory, resource dependence theory etc.
Ø You should cover what the theory is about, the usefulness and criticisms of the theory, and how it explains the chosen mechanism as a governance mechanism.
Ø Good practices:
Ø Discuss and critically review at least one theory in depth
Ø Good/updated references & citations from academic papers
Ø Compare and contrast theories à justify your best pick
Ø Link the theory/(ies) to the corporate governance mechanism you choose
Ø Poor practices:
Ø No theory at all
Ø No references or citations
Ø Misunderstanding or misinterpretation
Ø No linkage between theory and the mechanism

2) Briefly describe the background to the creation of the mechanism and the key regulations/recommendation documents regarding to the mechanism (10%) – ALL IN ONE PARAGRAPH
For this part, you should cover:
Ø How the mechanism is created?
Ø Why did/does it become important and attract public attention? -You can write about the key events and major financial scandal cases, analyse the problems especially linking to the your chosen governance mechanism
Ø Key related regulations & reports
Good practices
Ø Describe the key events and reports chronologically, briefly, and synthesized
Ø Rewards are given if you include more up-to-date events and reports
3) Critically evaluate the roles and the effectiveness of the mechanism, with various supporting evidence, e.g. theories, academic research findings (3 at a minimum), real examples (1 recent case at a minimum). (30%)
You should talk about what roles the mechanism are supposed to play (according to theory and reports), and evaluate how the mechanism work in carrying out these roles in reality, backed up by various evidence.
Good practices
Ø Recent examples – not just the ones in the textbook
Ø More up-to-date literature and cases (we are in 2015)
Ø Good structured + Logical argument!
Ø Good integration of discussion, academic findings and examples
Ø Use of recent reports and journal articles – we are in 2015
Poor practices
Ø Talk about corporate governance generally rather than focusing on the chosen mechanism
Ø Not meeting the minimum requirements of citing evidence
Ø Lack of focus, structure and logic etc.
Ø Simply list papers or other evidence without discussion or reflection
Ø Copy and paste
Ø Just writing about something irrelevant

4) Conclusion and recommendations: (10%)
• Conclude key aspects of your essay succinctly and to the point
• Critically evaluate the key findings (i.e., link them to your chosen theoretical framework). This is where you discuss the key aspects of your essay in relation to your chosen theoretical framework.
• Good recommendation should flow naturally from your discussion and evaluation in the previous parts
• Should be your own understanding & opinions, but you may cite one or two scholarly references references that share the same opinion
• Make your recommendations explicit and specific, rather than implicit and general
• Remain focused on your chosen mechanism
5) Organisation and presentation of the essay; Referencing and citations (15%)
Organization and presentation:
ü Introduction – should be brief, introducing the topic and the structure of your essay
ü Conclusion – should be brief (normally a paragraph), summing up the key elements of the essay.
ü Grammar, sentence & paragraphs – Should be checked
ü Presentation & consistency in formatting
Flow of argument and Coherence:
ü The whole essay should be a holistic and related piece, the focus remaining on the mechanism you chose to write about.
ü General readability of the essay – the whole essay should flow!
References:
ü Citation and references – Please refer to the Coursework sheet, make sure you follow the right format throughout!

This is a business and accounting essay

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