Organizational Studies

Paola ADINOLFI Organizational Studies

0212700014
DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE AZIENDALI - MANAGEMENT & INNOVATION SYSTEMS
EQF6
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
2018/2019

OBBLIGATORIO
YEAR OF COURSE 3
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2014
PRIMO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
1060LESSONS
Objectives
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
THE TEACHING PROVIDES BASIC NOTIONS IN THE FIELD OF ORGANIZATION THEORY AND INTRODUCES TO THE CORNERSTONES OF ORGANIZATION DESIGN AND STRUCTURING
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES RELY ON THE MAIN TENETS OF CONTINGENCY THEORY, WHICH ASSUMES THAT ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES SHOULD BE CONTEXTUALIZED TO THE SPECIFIC PECULIARITIES OF THEIR ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT.
APPLIED KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
STUDENTS WILL ACHIEVE THE REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE TO APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND ORGANIZATIONAL PHENOMENA IN EMPIRICAL ENVIRONMENTS. BOTH STRUCTURAL AND PROCESSUAL DYNAMICS WILL BE INVESTIGATED, IN AN ATTEMPT TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO EARN THE EXPERTISE AND THE ABILITY TO MANAGE IN PRACTICAL TERMS ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE EVENTS.

Prerequisites
NONE
Contents
•ORGANIZATION THEORIES (10 H);
•ORGANIZATION DESIGN: APPROACHES AND MODELS (20 H)
•ORGANIZATIONAL PROCESS ANALYSIS: STUDY PERSPECTIVES (10 H)
•ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE FROM A COMPLEXITY SCIENCE VIEW (10 H)
•DECISION PROCESSES (10 H)
Teaching Methods
A MIXED APPROACH WILL BE USED TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES. BEYOND THEORETICAL SESSIONS, WHICH WILL BE BASED ON THE SEMINAR APPROACH, INTERACTIVE LEARNING AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING ACTIVITIES WILL BE REALIZED. FROM THIS POINT OF VIEW, STUDENTS WILL BE CONSTANTLY CALLED TO BE INVOLVED IN WORKING GROUPS, TO WHICH SPECIFIC STUDY AND ANALYSIS TASKS WILL BE ATTACHED. THESE ACTIVITIES WILL BE DULY CONTEMPLATED IN EVALUATING OVERALL STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCES. GOING MORE INTO DETAILS, THE TEACHING WILL INCLUDE 45 HOURS OF FRONTAL LESSONS, WHICH WILL BE ENRICHED BY CASE STUDY ANALYSIS AND BUSINESS EXPERIENCES. THE REMAINING 15 HOURS WILL CONCERN HIGHLY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING IN-BASKET SESSIONS, ROLE-PLAYING AND PROBLEM SOLVING LEARNING.
Verification of learning
THE EXAM EVALUATION WILL BE REALIZED IN LIGHT OF THE STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE TO PASS A WRITTEN EXAM, WHICH WILL BE ARTICULATED IN 28 CLOSED QUESTIONS AND 1 OPEN QUESTION. TO EACH EXACT CLOSED ANSWER, 1 POINT WILL BE ASSIGNED. THE OPEN ANSWER WILL BE EVALUATED FROM 0 TO 2, IN CONSIDERATION OF THE STUDENTS’ ABILITY TO DELVE INTO THE TOPIC DEALT WITH. STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTEGRATE THEIR WRITTEN EXAM WITH AN ORAL EXAMINATION. THE ORAL TEST WILL INCLUDE 5 QUESTIONS, 2 OF WHICH WILL CONCERN GENERIC TOPICS AND THE OTHER 3 SPECIFIC ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES. EACH ANSWER WILL BE EVALUATED FROM 0 TO 6, IN LINE WITH THE STUDENTS’ ABILITY TO DEAL WITH THE CONTEMPLATED TOPICS. THOSE WHO WILL ATTEND AT THE TEACHING ACTIVITIES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART TO TAILORED PROJECT ACTIVITIES WHICH – IN LIGHT OF THE STUDENTS’ COMMITMENT AND PERFORMANCE – WILL ALLOW A BONUS (MAX. 3 POINTS) TO BE ADDED TO THE FINALE EVALUATION OF THE EXAM.
Texts
DAFT, R.L. (2018). ORGANIZATION THEORY AND DESIGN. LONDON: CENGAGE LEARNING
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