Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
EM6051 (AF:229917 AR:128678)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Term
Course year
The couse aims at providing students with a general theoretical framework pertaining to the main contributions in the international management discipline, with a specific focus on the Italian industrial system.
Week 1: The globalization debate and changing patterns of industrial production

Week 2: Introduction to the International Management discipline

Week 3: Rethinking the international division of labour: the global value chains (GVCs) perspective

Week 4: The evolution of the Italian industrial system

Week 5: Italian firms in global value chains
Week 1:
Friedman, T. (2005). The World Is Flat. Picador, New York. Selected pages: 3-21.
Ghemawat, P. (2007). Why the World isn’t flat. Foreign Policy, March 1, 2007.
Friedman. T. (2012). Average Is Over. The New York Times, January 24, 2012.

Week 2:
Bartlett, C.A. and Ghoshal, S. (1987). Managing across Borders: New Strategic Requirements. MIT Sloan Management Review 28 (4): 7-17.
Bartlett, C.A. and Ghoshal, S. (1987). Managing across Borders: New Organizational Responses. MIT Sloan Management Review 29 (1): 43-53.

Week 3:
Gereffi, G. (1994). The organization of buyer-driven global commodity chains. How US retailers shape overseas production network. In G. Gereffi & M. Korzeniewicz (Ed.), Commodity Chains and Global Capitalism. Westport, CT. Praeger, 95–122.
Bair, J. (2009). Global Commodity Chains: Genealogy and Review. In Frontiers of commodity chain research, ed. by J. Bair. Stanford University Press.
Gereffi, G., Humphrey, J. and Sturgeon, T. (2005). The governance of global value chains. Review of International Political Economy 12(1): 78-104.

Week 4:
Becattini, G. (1991). Italian Industrial Districts: Problems and Perspectives. International Studies of Management & Organization, 26 (1): 83-90.
Chiarvesio, M., Di Maria E., Micelli S. (2010), “Global value chains and open networks: the case of Italian industrial districts”, European Planning Studies, 18(3) March, pp. 329-346

Week 5:
Anderson C. (2010), In the Next Industrial Revolution, Atoms Are the New Bits, Wired, 25 January
Lectures, team works and guest lectures from managers and entrepreneurs.
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
  • Use of virtual forum, blog or wiki