Short-termism or long-termism in the Belgian corporate landscape

In the second semester of the academic year 2021-2022, Dr. Tom Vos will teach a course on 'Short-termism or long-termism in the Belgian corporate landscape' in the framework of the chair.

This course analyses to what extent corporate governance in Belgium prevents short-termism and encourages long-term thinking.

On Monday 21 February from 6 pm to 8 pm, the opening lecture of this course will take place, which is open to the public.

The other classes of the course have the following topics:

  • Wednesday 2 March 2021: share buybacks, dividends and investment
  • Wednesday 9 March 2021: shareholder structure: insider and institutional ownership
  • Wednesday 16 March 2021: hostile takeovers and takeover defenses
  • Wednesday 23 March 2021: executive compensation
  • Wednesday 30 March 2021: shareholder activism (part I)
  • Wednesday 20 April 2021: shareholder activism (part II - negotiation exercise)
  • Wednesday 27 April 2021: shareholder stewardship and ESG
  • Wednesday 4 May 2021: multiple voting rights and loyalty voting rights 
  • Wednesday 11 May 2021: financial reporting and sustainability disclosures
  • Wednesday 18 May 2021: the corporate purpose and benefit corporations
  • Wednesday 25 May 2021: student presentations

The course will be taught in English. Given the interdisciplinary approach to corporate governance, the course will be open to master students from the Faculty of Law and from the Faculty of Business and Economics. Practitioners can also register for one or more classes.

The course will be taught in an interactive way. Students will be asked to read a number of papers in preparation for each class and to write a short response paper of about two pages. The focus of the class will be on debating the pros and cons of different corporate governance rules.

Students can contact Dr. Tom Vos if they have questions about the course.