Corporate Governance for Fraud Prevention

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Corporate governance refers to the policies and procedures according to which an organization is operated, regulated and controlled. These processes are designed to protect the diverse interests of the organization’s stakeholder groups. Effective corporate governance measures are also essential to prevent corporate scandals, fraud, and potential civil and criminal liability.  

Corporate Governance for Fraud Prevention describes the principles, functions and essential components of a corporate governance system. It addresses the controversy of CEO duality, the recommended committees any organization should have on its board of directors and how to set the appropriate tone at the top. This course also discusses corporate governance best practices that you can tailor to your organization’s structure and needs since there is no one-size-fits-all approach. 

Key Takeaways:  

  • Strategies for improving corporate governance 
  • Corporate governance structure and the associated duties  
  • Elements that are vital to a corporate governance system 
  • How a top-down focus on personnel in an organization has a strong impact on fraud prevention


Knowledge of basic internal controls and risk assessment

You Will Learn How To:

Identify components essential for an effective corporate governance system

Differentiate respective duties of individuals responsible for the corporate governance structure

Recognize why effective corporate governance is necessary for an organization and for the economy

Determine best practices that can be implemented within an organization to improve corporate governance

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Introduction
Lesson 2 Cost of Fraud and Corruption
Lesson 3 What Is Corporate Governance?
Lesson 4 Corporate Governance Functions
Lesson 5 Importance of Corporate Governance
Lesson 6 Corporate Governance Guidance and Legislation
Lesson 7 Fraud Risk Management
Lesson 8 Board of Directors
Lesson 9 What Went Wrong at Chesapeake Energy?
Lesson 10 Board Committees
Lesson 11 Management
Lesson 12 Tone at the Top
Lesson 13 Internal Audit
Lesson 14 Internal Controls
Lesson 15 External Audit
Lesson 16 Whistleblowers and Hotlines
Lesson 17 Rewarding the Good and Punishing the Bad
Lesson 18 Technological Considerations
Lesson 19 Corporate Governance of Social Media
Lesson 20 Building a Fraud Prevention Culture

CPE Information

This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. Learn more about the ethics CPE requirements for CFEs.
CPE Credit: 4
NASBA Information: Business Management & Organization
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: August 2022
Delivery Method: QAS Self-study


CPE Credit

Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the final exam within one year of purchase date. You may only claim CPE credit for a course once.

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System Requirements:

  • Internet access: High-speed connection recommended
  • Speakers required for video sound

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