Corporate Governance and Accountability

Develop the following topic: Critically analyse corporate governance issues in the annual report you selected. In your analysis, critically evaluate whether the disclosure is elaborated as a tool to manage shareholders expectations or if the disclosure is provided to address stakeholders needs as a whole. In developing your critical analysis you should refer to the academic literature to describe and explain two models of corporate governance and underlying theories related to the topic. You are expected to identify positive and negative aspects of the report you choose as well as suggest possible ways forward.

Orate gLEARNING OUTCOMES
This essay was designed to provide opportunities for students to develop skills and to demonstrate knowledge in different areas. At the end of the case, students should be able to:
• Evaluate critically the foundations and developments in theories and practices of corporate governance.
• Evaluate critically the existing practice of corporate governance and board directors and their impact on investors, risk management and internal controls.
More specifically,
• Select, find, read and understand key social accounting literature;
• Gather and organise relevant material and apply it appropriately to problems and the assessed work;
• Critically analyse literature and other course material;
• Communicate effectively;
• Self-organisation and time management;
REQUIRED (100% of your mark in this course)
This is an individual work. Each student needs to choose one of the following reports. Only 5- 6 students will be allocated to one of the following report so please, communicate your choice to the course coordinator as soon as possible because the allocation of reports will be on a first come first served basis.
Scottish Water Annual Report & Accounts 2016/17: http://www.scottishwater.co.uk/assets/about%20us/files/key%20publications/annualreport201 617.pdf

You are required to develop the following topic: Critically analyse corporate governance issues in the annual report you selected. In your analysis, critically evaluate whether the disclosure is elaborated as a tool to manage shareholders expectations or if the disclosure is provided to address stakeholders needs as a whole.
In developing your critical analysis you should refer to the academic literature to describe and explain two models of corporate governance and underlying theories related to the topic. You are expected to identify positive and negative aspects of the report you choose as well as suggest possible ways forward. This is an individual essay that needs to be developed in 2,500 words but a variation of ±10% to this limit will also be accepted. List of references provided at the end of the report are not part of the word limit.

PLAGIARISM
If you refer to published material in preparing your essay you should acknowledge the source of the material, provide a reference, and any direct quotes should be in inverted commas (please consult the following guidance on avoiding plagiarism: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sls/online-resources/avoiding-plagiarism/
You should also consult Harvard the Referencing System for citations and list of references:
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/qgcit002.pdf
Please, consult the following link for more information on plagiarism:
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/documents/academic-quality- handbook/Code%20of%20Practice%20in%20Student%20Discipline%20(Academic).pdf
If you need clarification about plagiarism, please contact any one of the following for assistance: lecturer and/or course coordinator.

Sample Solution

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