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International Corporate Governance

The course aims at acquainting students to the main theories, models and practices of corporate governance that are emerging internationally. A special attention will be devoted to the evolution of the roles played by boards of directors and investors in different legal, institutional and ownership settings.

The course examines different corporate governance systems worldwide. First, the emphasis will be on corporations and models where ownership is dispersed among myriads of investors (e.g. the Anglo-Saxon model), next the focus will shift on firms whose ownership is concentrated (e.g. the Asian and Continental European Model).  In particular, since block-holding is widespread across different legal systems and encompasses a variety of owner’s types (families, institutional investors, banks, etc.), the unit will also offer a detailed overview of the German model and pyramidal family groups, which melt typical family governance mechanisms with those used by institutional investors.

Exam info and full course description

Exam info and full course description can be found in the course catalogue.

Admission Requirements

Course specific:

To apply for the course you must either be enrolled in a bachelor's degree, have a bachelor's degree or have passed a qualifying entry examination.

Fluency with basic principles of business economics is strongly required.

It is recommended that participants have passed courses in corporate finance, financial accounting and financial management.


Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about admission here.


Amedeo Pugliese


Academic profile 

Amedeo Pugliese currently works at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Padova. Amedeo does research in Financial Accounting and Corporate Governance. Their current project is 'Exploring Boardroom Dynamics.'