Enterprise Governance

LAW80006 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours





Aims and objectives

Final Offering 2020 (replaced with PRM80001) 
This unit concentrates on students developing an understanding of the various governance processes that exist within a range of organisations operating in Australia and internationally with the three main ones being corporations, government business enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.

The unit will consider the various legislative means by which the organisations are created and developed as well as the means by which directors and officers are appointed together with their duties and responsibilities. The unit will examine a range of cases involving honesty and integrity as well as breaches of the various legislative arrangements and constitutions of the organisations.

The unit aims to encourage students to appreciate and understand that good governance, including strategic thinking and risk management, can lead to superior outcomes for organisations even though some direct costs might be involved in getting there.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Develop coherent and advanced knowledge of the various models of enterprise governance that apply to the various organisation present in Australia and overseas.

2. Articulate the means by which the directors and officers of the various organisations are appointed and what are their duties and responsibilities.

3. Critically evaluate the arguments from those other than direct stakeholders to have a say in the way in which the organisations are managed.

4. Critically evaluate the roles and responsibilities of what might be called “gatekeepers” for the organisations including auditors and regulators.

5. Communicate proficiently and in a professional manner act as a leader or follower of a diverse group of people.