OBU RAP Topic 17

Select an organisation that has been identified as having weak corporate governance structures within the past 5 years. Critically evaluate their corporate governance practices including an assessment of the origins of the corporate governance issue(s) and the organisation’s response.


“Better knowledge of various aspects of Corporate Governance issues and assessment of these implications in key stakeholders of selected organisation by providing practical scenario  under well qualified mentor is key to success for passing RAP under this topic.”

This topic relates with overall quality of corporate governance through usage of “Corporate Government Codes” (varies country to country) within an organisation  and how meeting various aspects of corporate governance actually impact on key stakeholders of the organisation both in quantitative and qualitative terms (wherever applicable).

Corporate governance became a pressing issue following the 2002 introduction of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the U.S., which was ushered in to restore public confidence in companies and markets after accounting fraud bankrupted high-profile companies such as Enron and WorldCom. Most companies strive to have a high level of corporate governance. These days, it is not enough for a company to merely be profitable; it also needs to demonstrate good corporate citizenship through environmental awareness, ethical behavior and sound corporate governance practices.

(Source: www.investopedia.com)

Under this topic, student need to focus on all key aspects of Corporate Governance and how its various aspects impact in favor / against on overall operations of the organisation during a specific period of time in context of its comparison with its competitors. First of all students need to identify all key aspects of applicable Corporate Governance Code and then he/she need to discuss how management of his/her selected organisation apply these aspects and how it impact on various operations of the organisation that ultimately affect key stockholders of the organisation. Key stakeholders of the organisation can be senior management of organisation itself, its competitor, employees , competitor , government etc. Students need to drill down that how senior management of the organisation actually regulates various requirements of Corporate Governance and based on this requirement how effectively it impact on key interest of various key stakeholder.

Key features / requirements:

  • Proper explanation of overall concept of Corporate Governance in general (i.e. Litterateur Review).
  • Proper explanation of applicable Code of Corporate Governance on the organisation based on its area (i.e. Country) of operations.
  • In depth analysis that how applicable Code of Corporate Governance  impact on key stakeholders (i.e. government, regulatory authorities, employees, senior management, competitors, etc.) of selected organisation.
  • Provide some quantitative and qualitative analysis to substantiate above mentioned aspects in proper manner.
  • Maintain proper balance in explanation / analysis of different aspects of applicable Code of Corporate Governance and their impact on key Stakeholder of the organisation.

*Feedback from project mentor is essential to get good grades in RAP.

Key Success Factors:

  • Proper application of all selected aims and objectives (that decided in inception of RAP) in appropriate sections of RAP.
  • Proper answering of all research questions (that decided in inception of RAP) in appropriate sections of RAP.
  • Usage of proper research methodology to achieve good result against all selected aims and objectives (that decided in inception of RAP).
  • Maintain proper sequence of all discussion in logical manner by keeping all requirements of the topic.
  • Logically conclude all performed work at the end of Research Report by keeping in consideration of all requirements of the topic.

*Feedback from project mentor is essential to get good grades in RAP.

Major benefits for choosing this topic:

  • Student will practically apply his/her bookish knowledge into real life.
  • Various techniques learned under this topic will substantially help student in his/her professional life.

Major possible limitations faced by student under this topic:

  • Students may not entertain well by the management of selected organisation in provision of required information due to various issues (e.g. confidentiality aspects, non availability of authorized person to disseminate information to student for research work, etc.)
  • Student may not find good stuff from internet  or other sources (due to weak research approach) to bring ideas for improvement in the project.
  • If student acquire information from primary sources then he/she may be confused due to variation in actual information (verbal or documented) provided from primary sources with the result that he/she actually derive from his/her research work as per requirement of the topic. 

 *Feedback from project mentor is essential to get good grades in RAP. 

Suitable organisation under this topic:

The most suitable organisation under this topic is that for which student have access to management of the company and moreover management of the company is willingly provide all required information to student as required under the topic. Selection of most appropriate organisation is very essential as student must have better understanding of overall operations of the organisation and moreover he/she also have enough knowledge of the sector in which his/her selected organisation actually operates. Based on better knowledge of the organisation and respective sector , student will be able to interlink various aspect of overall operations of the selected organisation with all requirements of the topic that ultimately help him/her in getting good grades. In short student need to assess following aspects in selection of organisation for RAP.

  • Student’s own interest related to overall business of the organisation;
  • Accessibility of information from primary sources (not 100% essential as it various as per students approach);
  • Accessibility of information from secondary sources;
  • Knowledge of overall operations of the organisation (extremely important in topic 17);
  • Knowledge of overall associated sector of the organisation;
  • Basic idea of requirements of selected topic and their applications on proposed organisation in inception of RAP.

*Feedback from project mentor is essential to get good grades in RAP.

Suggested approach for this topic:

Under this topic, student must plan properly from inception so that he/she can complete all tasks effectively in proper manners. First of all, student must  gain excellent understanding of major requirements of this topic and he/she need to critically assess all aspects of requirement by defining detailed strategy.  Student need to assess that what process that he/she actually follow to meet all requirements that only possible through detailed planning in inception of RAP.

Student need to  prepare overall content of RAP under topic 17 that describes logical sequence of all tasks that need to adhere by the student. This content will also help student to keep on right track from inception and at the same time student can also assess time factor against planned vs. actual tasks through considering his allocated time for complete preparation of RAP.

After finalization of overall content of RAP under topic 17, student need to start working logically from gathering of information as per requirement of topic. Student need to assess all gathered information very critically through consultation from mentor. Mentor feedback on key areas of RAP is very essential so student should share his/her thoughts with project mentor regularly to get efficient guidance in time accordingly.

In short, there is no 100% suggested approach for topic 17 as keeping broader level approach (described above) , detailed approach under topic 17 varies due to student’s perception that he conceived from requirements of the topic along with available information of selected organisation. Whatever, the approach you will follow , keep getting guidance from project mentor at every step so that you can meet all requirements of topic and get good grades.

*Feedback from project mentor is essential to get good grades in RAP.

Availability of Information:

Student have to complete his/her RAP based on provision of information directly from management of the organisation (i.e. primary sources of information) along with vast information available through different mediums (internet, newspaper, books, etc.) under secondary sources of information. Availability of information from primary sources under topic number 17 is not 100% essential as it various as per overall approach of the student. If student plan to get information from primary sources then he/she needs to ensure that he/she has access of vast information from management of the selected organisation and there is no confidentiality concerns by them as well.

In short, student need to assess very critically before opting this topic for RAP as all requirements of this topic only meet if student have enough information about selected organisation. If there is any doubt on provision of required information during perpetration of RAP then student should not select this topic for RAP as it impact on overall evaluation of information and overall grades of RAP.

*Feedback from project mentor is essential to get good grades in RAP.

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