School of Business and Management

Governance and Business Strategy (BUS211)

Semester: B
Level: 5
Module code: BUS211
Module organiser: Dr Martha Prevezer

Module overview

The module will explore concepts and debates about governance of firms under different varieties of capitalism and link these to theories of firms' business strategies. In turn it links these two themes to theories about institutional evolution. It covers such topics as the organization of firms' boundaries, vertical integration, networks and alliances, transaction cost and institutional theories, comparative corporate governance in developed and emerging markets, how institutions of property rights and contract enforcement evolved in Europe, using Britain as a case study; institutions in emerging markets with a focus on China as a case study. We use case studies of firms, industries and countries in the seminars to examine and illustrate issues.


  • Examination 70%
  • Essay (1500 words) 30%

Reading List

  • Economic Approaches to Organizations, Chapter 1 Markets and Organizations, Douma and Schreuder. Prentice Hall.