MOS 4422

Trevor Hunter
Associate Professor of Management
King's University College


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As MOS graduates, it is highly likely that you will work for a company that is that is governed by a Board of Directors.  Additionally, you may invest in or be employed by a publicly traded firm.  Perhaps if you start your own business you may decide to form a Board for your company.  During the course of your career, you may even be invited to sit on the Board of Directors of a for-profit firm or a non-profit organization.

Most people have heard the terms “Board of Directors”  and “Corporate Governance” but few people actually understand what it means to be a member of “the Board” and what a Board of Directors does.  What are their responsibilities?  Do they actually make a difference?  Who decides who gets to be a member?  How do they operate?  Often much more is heard about Boards than is really known or understood.

It is the position of this course that Boards of Directors DO matter, but that all Boards are not created equal.  Just as there are under-performing firms, there are under-performing Boards.  It is important to know what makes a good Board, how a good Board works and how the quality of the Board will influence an organization’s performance.  Therefore, the purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the functions of a Board of Directors and how to make them function properly for a given organization – for or not for profit.  The goal is to demystify this institution and teach students how to develop a Board into the body of advice, counsel and oversight they are intended to represent.

There will not be an official text for this course but there are readings and a casebook.  The readings are available online for free.  In the course description I have provided links to them for you.  You will be expected to purchase the casebook however.  This is how you can purchase the casebook through Ivey Publishing's website.

  1. Go to the Ivey Publishing website at
  2. Log in to your existing account or click "Register" to create a new account and follow the prompts to complete the registration. If registering, choose the "Student User" role.
  3. Click on this link or copy into your browser:
  4. Click "Add to Cart".
  5. You may choose to order in either print or digital  format.
    • To order the material in digital format, check "digital download" and click "OK".
    • To order a printed copy for delivery, enter the print quantity required and click "OK". Please note that shipping charges will apply.
  6. Go to the Shopping Cart (located at the top of the page), click "Checkout", and complete the checkout process.
  7. When payment has been processed successfully, an Order Confirmation will be emailed to you immediately and you will see the Order Confirmation screen.
    • If you ordered digital copies: Click "Download your Digital Items" or go to "My Orders" to access the file.
    • If you ordered printed copies: Your order will be printed and shipped within 2 to 3 business days.

IMPORTANT: Access to downloadable files will expire 30 days from the order date, so be sure to save a copy on your computer. The downloadable file is a PDF document that can be opened using Adobe Reader.

This material is for your personal use only and is not to be shared or distributed in any form.

Below I have provided links to the course description, session schedule and the first session lecture slides.  I will post the rest of the lectures as the course progresses.