From 2008 to 2014, I taught a course on corporate governance to MBA students at the University of Canterbury. The resources here are copyleft - please use them as you like, but keep the attribution.

Bloc 1: (Mostly) about you and the company you want to found: where can you find advice?

  • Mentors
  • Advisors
  • Advisory board
  • Board of directors

Bloc 2: (Mostly) about the board

  • Board structure and organisation
  • Roles
  • Ethics
  • Directors' duties (and the impact of Pike River)
  • Decision-making
  • Board evaluations

Bloc 3: (Mostly) about the CEO

  • Hiring the CEO
  • Succession planning
  • CEO remuneration (and: are CEOs paid too much?)
  • How do you set your CEO's remuneration?

Bloc 4: (Mostly) about you again, and becoming a director

  • Planning your board career
  • A note on governance in NFPs
  • When to resign from a board


Nicola Rowe, 2015