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University of Pennsylvania

What is Compliance?

University of Pennsylvania via Coursera


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Compliance isn’t only about preventing problems and ensuring that everyone is abiding by laws, rules, and regulations. It’s also about the positive impact a robust and ethical compliance program can have on a business or organization. In this course we will discuss why compliance is important – from the needs facing businesses in highly regulated industries to avoiding fines and penalties to preventing reputational and economic nightmares. We’ll examine real-world examples of compliance and governance failures and their impact, and consider strategies for avoiding similar situations in our own organizations. You’ll be able to think about risk management in new ways and apply strategies to manage it.


  • What is compliance?
    • What is compliance and why is it important? In this module, we answer those questions while also looking at some recent high-profile cases of non-compliance in the business world.
  • Why is Compliance Important?
    • Non-compliance can have massive real-world implications for the general public, not just individuals directly related to a non-compliant company. In this module, we examine laws that specifically create compliance obligations, as well as the potential costs of non-compliance.
  • Compliance & Risk
    • Every company and organization must deal with risk, and compliance is ultimately a vehicle to mitigate risk. This module explores the close relationship between compliance and risk management. We will analyze the ways in which compliance programs manage risk, as well as alternative forms of risk management.
  • Developments in the Field of Compliance
    • This module highlights developments in the ever-evolving world of compliance, with special emphasis on recent trends in regulatory focus.

Taught by

Andrew Kandel and Lauren Steinfeld


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