PGE 3A -Finance (FIN)
Seminars in Finance
Contact hours
18 H
Number of spots
Open to visitors
Enrico Prinz

Pedagogical contribution of the course to the program

LEARNING GOAL 1 : Students will master state-of-the-art knowledge and tools in management fields in general, as well as in areas specific to the specialized field of management.

Students will identify a business organization’s operational and managerial challenges in a complex and evolving environment.
Students will understand state-of-the-art management concepts and tools and use them appropriately.
Students will implement appropriate methodologies to develop appropriate solutions for business issues.
LEARNING GOAL 2 : Students will develop advanced-level managerial skills.
Students will work collaboratively in a team.
Students will participate in a decision-making process in a critical way.
Students will communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, in a business context.


The lecture aims to offer students an overview about the growing importance of corporate governance as a major tool of sustainable management and to familiarize them with its most common mechanisms. Participants will get into the shareholder value perspective, discuss its assumptions and discover major monitoring and incentive tools by putting a special focus on the financial aspects of existing governance instruments. To bridge the gap between theory and practice, students will deal with current financial and governance documentation of European blue chips (composition of boards and subcommittees, managerial and board director compensation, value creation measurement, pay for performance analysis of given samples). The interactive organization of the lecture allows to quickly acquire the skills and techniques needed for analyzing the efficiency of governance mechanisms and judging about the effectiveness of institutional and legal tools under a shareholder value oriented angle.

Teaching methods


- Lectures

In group

- Exercises
- Case studies/texts


- Discussions/debates


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Learning objectives

Cognitive domain

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to
  • - (level 1) Present the basic idea of corporate governance and the principal reasons and factors explaining its growing international importance.
  • - (level 2) Explain the core elements of the agency approach and justify the underlying primacy of shareholder value maximization.
  • - (level 2) Classify the most common mechanisms of control within the agency approach.
  • - (level 3) Illustrate various mechanisms of control allowing to increase monitoring efficiency.
  • - (level 4) Break down the compensation elements of both executive and board directors and analyze its incentive and disciplinary effects.
  • - (level 5) Categorize the most commonly used performance indicators by realizing a comparative performance analysis of a selected group of firms.
  • - (level 5) Create a performance-based fair pay-ranking for the CEO of selected firms.
  • - (level 6) Evaluate for the former CEO of a selected firm the compensation received during his entire executive tenure and compare it to the shareholder value created during this period.

Affective domain

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to
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I General introduction (2h) 1. History of corporate governance 2. Underlying objectives and definitions 3. Corporate governance in a globalized world II Agency theory in detail (5h) 1. Principal-agent issues 2. Shareholder value primacy 3. Major mechanisms of control a) Board of directors and sub-committees b) Principles of corporate governance and their evolution over time c) Managerial and board director compensation III Creating shareholder value (7h30) 1. Value creation measurement 2. Combining value creation and compensation or "Pay for or without performance?" 3. Current measurement difficulties and possible solutions or approximations IV Case study presentations (3h) V General conclusion (0h30)

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Knowledge in / Key concepts to master

- Basic knowledge in management, strategy, corporate finance and economics - Estimation of cost of equity, cost of debt and cost of capital

Teaching material

Mandatory tools for the course

- Computer
- Calculator

Documents in all formats

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Moodle platform

- Upload of class documents
- Coaching/mentoring


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Additional electronic platforms

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Recommended reading

- KIM, Kenneth A./NOFSINGER, John R./MOHR, Derek J. (2010): Corporate Governance, Pearson Prentice Hall, 3rd ed. - LARCKER, David/TAYAN, Brian (2021): Corporate Governance Matters: A Closer Look at Organizational Choices and their Consequences, FT Press, 3rd ed. - MALLIN, Christine A. (2013): Corporate Governance, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 4th ed.

- CLARKE, Thomas (2014): International Corporate Governance – A Comparative Approach, Routledge, 2nd ed. - GOERGEN, Marc (2012): International Corporate Governance, Pearson. - THOMSON, Steen/CONYON, Martin (2012): Corporate Governance: Mechanisms and Systems, McGraw Hill. - TRICKER, Bob (2015): Corporate Governance – Principles, Policies and Practices, Oxford University Press, 3rd edition.

EM Research: Be sure to mobilize at least one resource

Textbooks, case studies, translated material, etc. can be entered
- BRULLEBAUT, Bénédicte/ALLEMAND, Isabelle/PRINZ, Enrico/THEPOT, Florence (2022): "Social Networks Analysis of Corporate Boards: A Comparison of Board Interlocks in France, Germany and the United Kingdom", in: Review of Managerial Science, 16(6): 1743-1782. - PRINZ, Enrico (2012): "Der Einfluss von Mehrfachmandatsträgern auf die Unternehmensperformance", in: Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft, 82 (9): 875-911. - PRINZ, Enrico (2011) : Les effets des liens personnels interconseils sur la performance de l'entreprise : Une analyse comparée entre France et Allemagne, Peter Lang, 694 p. - PRINZ, Enrico/SCHWALBACH, Joachim (2011): "Zum Stand der Managervergütung in Deutschland und Europa", in: Swiss Journal of Business Research and Practice, 65(S1): 129-152.


List of assessment methods

Final evaluationOther (date, pop quiz, etc.) : Report to be handed in
Written (1 Min.) / Group / English / Weight : 100 %
Details : Case study "CEO Pay for Performance"
This evaluation is used to measure LO1.1, LO1.2, LO1.3, LO2.2, LO2.3
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