Academic year 2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Course code ET7011 (AF:304943 AR:170908)
Modality For teaching methods (in presence/online) please check the timetable
ECTS credits 6
Degree level Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code SECS-P/10
Period 1st Term
Course year 2
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Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The course will develop students’ understanding of organizational design and its challenge in companies involved in digital transformation. It will provide theoretical and practical knowledge on what organizational design is, which are the main decisions, organizational solutions at different levels of analysis and intervention: inter-organizational , organizational and individual one.
Expected learning outcomes
The course will help students to develop an integrated set of frameworks and tools for understanding and making decisions regarding organization that can influence innovation and ultimately the effectiveness of organizations. A special attention will be given also to ethics. Today’s manager can create an ethically healthy climate for his or her employees and encourage employees to behave with integrity.
Specifically students :
 will learn what organizational design means , what are the main dimensions of organizational design based on the main organization theories
 will understand key decisions of organizational design at different levels of analysis: inter-organizational, organizational, teams and individuals ones
 will able to comprehend what are the key challenges posed by the digital transformation to organizational design in a variety of sectors
 will learn analytical frameworks to managing the main challenges in designing organizations
It is a prerequisite to have passed the course of Digital management
The course will develop a robust in-depth analysis of organizational design and will stimulate critical discussion about it.
The course is divided in 5 sections

1. Organization, effectiveness and ethics
- Organizations and Organizational Effectiveness
- Stakeholders, Managers, and Ethics

2. Environment and challenges of organizational design
- Organizing in a Changing Global Environment
- Basic Challenges of Organizational Design

3. Designing organizational structure for digitalization
- Designing Organizational Structure: Authority and Control
- Designing Organizational Structure: Specialization and Coordination

4. Organizational culture
- Creating and Managing Organizational Culture

5. Organizational change
- Types and forms of change
Referral texts
The course material will consist of case studies, journal articles and book chapters. Most of the material will be available online.
For each section there will be selected further readings useful for deepening the analysis.
Mandatory reading
Gareth R. Jones, 2013, Organizational theory, design and Change, Pearson (7th ed.)
Chapters will be communicated the first lesson and the list available in moodle
Assessment methods
Attending students
Group Assignment and written exam
- Group assignments is an opportunity given just to the attending students
- The assignment will be identified and fully described at the beginning of the course and it will be delivered by attending students during the course
- Attending students can also choose to take the written exam without assignment

Non attending students
Written exam

Written exam is structured in 30 questions (20 multiple choice and 10 structured questions) - 1 hour
A simulation of the exam will be delivered during the course
Teaching methods
Interactive approach based on:
Simulations/role playing
Online self-assessment exercises
Case Studies
Visual supported training
Key note speakers
Teaching language
Type of exam
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Circular economy, innovation, work" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

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