ORGANIZATION THEORY

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT
Academic year when starting the degree: 
2016/2017
Year: 
3
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
2018/2019
Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
6
Period: 
Third Trimestre
Standard lectures hours: 
40
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (40 hours)
Requirements: 

Students should have basic background of management and business administration in order to be able to fully understand and apply the course content.

Final Examination: 
Orale

Students are asked to choose between two assessment types: Report (option available until July 2019 included) or Written Examination.

REPORT (option available until July 2019 included)

Students (individually) write a 10 pages report (Font 12, 1,5 spacing, reference list included) that explores how the organization they work for – profit or non profit – applies the organizational principles discussed in class. In order to do it, they need to analyse the situation and suggest improvements. Students choose one of the following topics according to their organization characteristics and develop their discussion as previously seen:
• Strategy and organizational design
• Interorganizational relationships
• Organizational Behavior (individual and team)
If students don’t have an organization they work for, they can choose an existing organization (profit or non profit) and analyse it in light of the topic selected by reading material already available about it (web, articles, academic papers, report, etc.) and/or collecting data through interviews.

WRITTEN EXAM

A time constrained written exam (50 minutes) can be chosen by students. Students answer 5 short questions with short answers. Questions cover the material discussed in class and on E-learning 3, material online and the textbook content: additional information is available in E-learning 3.

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

The course is designed to give students a broad exposure to organizational principles and variables to enable them to understand the mechanisms that characterise how organizations function. It provides opportunity to understand, analyse and discuss how organizational design allows to achieve the goals of the organization in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and equity taking into account the external environment and its factors (economical factors, political and institutional factors, technological factors and competition). At the end of the course students should be able to understand that every organizational decision has implications (advantages and disadvantages) and that the decisions taken need to be aligned with the goals of the organization and the environment where the organization is embedded. Since this course is mainly for students with working experiences, the lecturing style is oriented to provide students with the concepts, models, and tools that could be of relevance for their working life.
More in detail, the learning outcomes are:
• understand the main organizational design theories, mechanisms and characteristics
• develop critical analysis of facts, theories and share solutions
• analyse and apply knowledge gained in class into different organizational scenarios

The course, for those that will attend it, is based on 20 hours in class lecturing and 20 hours of E-learning 3(online).
Students that will not attend the course need to study every chapters required as per Required Textbook Section.

Theories and actors
• The organizational dilemma, how it develops, how it evolves, and what are the main organizational actors
• Strategy, organizational design and effectiveness
• Technologies
• Organizational Environments
Organizational design and organizational structures
• How to design the organization
• Fundamentals of organizational structures
• Interorganizational relationships

Principles of Organizational Behavior
• The Individual
• The Team

The overall amount of hours for each of the areas is divided as follows: about 7,5 hour for Theories and Actors, 7,5 hours for Organizational design and organizational structures and 5 cor Organizational Behavior

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS AND STUDY MATERIAL

Daft, R. (2016). Organizzazione Aziendale. Maggioli Editore. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Students need to study entirely these chapters, if not differently notified by the lecturer.

Case studies and other readings and reflection material in the textbook are as well material to study, as instructed by lecturer in class.

For the Organizational Behavior part students need to rely on slides and further material provided by the lecturer.

RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOKS

Tosi, H. L., & Pilati, M. (2017). Comportamento Organizzativo: attori, relazioni, organizzazione, management. Egea. Chapters 1,2, 6: lecturer slides (as previously stated).

Convenzionale

During class sessions the main principle, theories and models object of the course content and the assessment will be described and analysed. Case studies are used for class discussions: the aim is to enable students to immediately see how concepts discussed can be applied in practices. In order to allow a smooth discussion during class, students are invited to read the case studies and review the material on E-learning 3 (online) before coming to class, as instructed by the lecturer in class.

OTHER INFORMATION

All the information about the course, news, etc. will be published in E-learning 3. Urgent information will be communicated through email.

EMAIL ADDRESS OF THE LECTURER
paola.ossola@uninsubria.it

MEETING HOURS
See the lecturer page online and Elearning 3.

Professors

OSSOLA PAOLA