20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module is case study based and designed to equip students with the practical research skills needed to understand many contemporary problems faced by managers and accountants in a modern economy. The course locates key accounting and finance issues within a changing organizational and societal context. Each year a company case will be chosen to reflect contemporary themes and issues in the global economy, which in the past have included the shareholder value drivers of restructuring in the pharmaceuticals sector, banking after the financial crises, the social and economic effects of private equity takeovers of retails chains and creative accounting practices at large outsourcing firms. The course therefore concentrates on developing students' `grounded knowledge' rather than drawing on abstract or overly prescriptive theories. It is designed to encourage students to develop their own initiative and to `learn-through-doing', with guidance and support given on how to use the university's extensive suite of databases. From this, students should develop highly refined, marketable research skills which will provide a deeper appreciation of key business issues in the real-world.

Staff Contact: LEAVER ADAM D
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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