MG4A3 Half Unit
Incentives and Governance in Organisations
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Dr Catherine Thomas
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management and Strategy. This course is available on the CEMS Exchange, Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (CEMS MiM), Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange), MBA Exchange, MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Columbia), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Hertie), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and NUS), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Sciences Po), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Tokyo), MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPA in Social Impact, MSc in Marketing and Master of Public Administration. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
A knowledge of Mathematics and Economics.
The course uses economic theory to gain insight into issues related to internal organisation, structure, and management of firms. The course will draw on various fields including management science, industrial organisation and microeconomics.
The course deals with three main topics:
- the provision of incentives in organisations;
- the use of information in markets and firms, and;
- the relationship between corporate finance and organisational decisions.
A major theme concerns the question of how to provide incentives efficiently in organisations. Other important themes include efficiency, coordination, incompleteness of contracts and the use of the market versus internal exchange. A section of the course deals with capital structure. The implications of asymmetric information are examined. Corporate governance is discussed in a principal-agent framework.
20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the MT.
Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with Departmental policy.
- Roberts J (2004), The Modern Firm. Organizational Design for Performance and Growth, Oxford University Press, UK;
- Brealey, RS, Myers, and F Allen (2006), Corporate Finance, 8th edition (older editions are fine too);
- McGraw-Hill International Edition (US edition is titled "principles of corporate finance"; older versions by Brealey and Myers only).
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Total students 2019/20: 89
Average class size 2019/20: 19
Controlled access 2019/20: Yes
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills