Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The course aims at providing the students with a conceptual framework regarding the approaches that can be adopted to design an organization, the knowledge of the main problems of organizational design at a firm level, the capability of analyzing, designing and evaluating the most important organizational solutions.
Expected learning outcomes
The participation to the course will allow students to:
Knowledge and understanding: to learn the relevant concepts of the organization design related to the division of labor and coordination; to understand the key variables and their impact on the organization design; to learn the organization design variables related to the micro-structure and meso-structure (horizontal and vertical division of labor, coordination and control mechanisms); to understand the differences among the organizational forms at the macro level of analysis.
Application of knowledge and understanding: to compare the different organizational solutions at the intra (micro, meso and macro); to evaluate the impact of the key variables on the organization design variables; to compare the different organizational forms and to identify the contextual factors that lead to adopt specific design solutions.
Ability to formulate judgements: to analyze and critically evaluate the organization design solution adopted by a company; to propose effective and efficient organization design solutions.
The course of Business Administration and B1 English level are prerequisites.
Introduction to organization design.
Organizational design and organizational theory.
The key variables of the organizational design.
Analysis and design of the organizational microstructure.
Analysis and design of the organizational mesostructured: the horizontal division of labor.
Analysis and design of the organizational mesostructured: the vertical division of labor.
Analysis and design of the organizational mesostructured: the coordination and control mechanisms.
The organizational forms.
Mandatory textbooks: Isotta, F., 2011, La progettazione organizzativa: problemi e soluzioni. CEDAM, Padova.
Chapter 1 (except 1.4.2; 1.4.3);
Chapter 2 (except 2.1; 2.3; 2.5; 2.6; 2.9; 2.10; of section 2.2.2 exclude critiche di Simon alla Teoria della Direzione Amministrativa; except 2.2.3);
Chapter 4 (except 4.3, of section 4.5.1 exclude modello burocratico/taylorista e il modello reticolare; except 4.5.2, 4.6; 4.7);
Chapter 7 (except table 7.4 and figure 7.2);
Chapter 8 (of section 8.3.1 exclude il circolo vizioso di Selznick, except 8.7 e 8.8);
A written exam will be administrated to assess the learning outcomes.
The course adopts the following learning methods:
- In-class lessons;
- Presentation and discussion of video clips that introduce and exemplify the topics of the course;
- Cases and exercises that allow students to apply the concepts presented during the course;
- Small groups activity that aims at stimulate students to describe the organization of the firm and to find solutions to organizational design problems.
The materials discussed during the in-class lessons, the cases and the exercises are available on the e-learning platform moodle.unive.it
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
Last update of the programme: 17/06/2021
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