SOCIAL TOPICS IN ORGANIZATION

Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Codice dell'attività formativa: 
134006-ENG

Scheda dell'insegnamento

Per studenti immatricolati al 1° anno a.a.: 
2018/2019
Insegnamento (nome in italiano): 
SOCIAL TOPICS IN ORGANIZATION
Insegnamento (nome in inglese): 
Social Topics in Organization
Tipo di attività formativa: 
Attività formativa Caratterizzante
Tipo di insegnamento: 
Obbligatoria
Settore disciplinare: 
ORGANIZZAZIONE AZIENDALE (SECS-P/10)
Anno di corso: 
2
Anno accademico di offerta: 
2019/2020
Crediti: 
6
Responsabile della didattica: 
Altri docenti: 
Mutuazioni
  • Corso di studi in MANAGEMENT, FINANZA E INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - Percorso formativo in MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP E MARKETING (ITALIANO)

Altre informazioni sull'insegnamento

Modalità di erogazione: 
Didattica Convenzionale
Lingua: 
Inglese
Ciclo: 
Primo Semestre
Obbligo di frequenza: 
No
Ore di attività frontale: 
48
Ore di studio individuale: 
102
Ambito: 
Aziendale
Materiali didattici: 
Prerequisites

Advanced knowledge of organization theories. This course is reserved to master of science/master degree students (i.e. the Italian “laurea magistrale”).

Educational goals

Companies influence society because they control an important portion of our lives as individuals, workers, consumers, and even citizens. At the same time, society influences companies because companies need social legitimation in order to survive and/or be successful. Against this backdrop, the goals of this course are to develop the conceptual foundations, frameworks and methods for analysing, and understanding the intersection between companies and society, by focusing on some hot and controversial topics. More specifically, the course addresses, in a critical lens, topics that represent a breaking point in the balance between the company’s interests and social interests. At the end of this course, students will be able to analyse and understand both organizational and social impacts of the topics covered during the course.

Course content

The course is organized around the following topics:

• Creativity and creativity management;
• Merit, meritocracy, and discrimination;
• Working hours, and work-life balance;
• Uberization of work relations;
• 1969 50th anniversary.

Textbooks and reading lists

* Attending students:

- Readings: Scully, M. A. 2015. Meritocracy. Wiley Encyclopedia of Management. 2:1–2; Celarent, B. 2009. Review of The rise of the Meritocracy, 1870-2033 by Michael Young. American Journal of Sociology 115 (1), pp. 322-326; Sliwa, M., Johansson, M., 2014. The discourse of meritocracy contested/reproduced: foreign women academics in UK business schools. Organization 21(16), pp. 821-843; Mizruchi, M. S. 2000. The stability of the American business elite: discrimination, competence or connections? Industrial and Corporate Change, 9(3), pp. 545-553; Kulik, C.T, 2014. Working below and above the line: the research–practice gap in diversity management. Human Resource Management Journal, 24 (2), pp. 129-144; Dobbin, F., Kalev, A. 2016. Why diversity programs fail. Harvard Business Review, July-August, pp. 52-60; Castilla E.J., 2016. Achieving meritocracy in the workplace; Mann, G., O'Neil, C., 2016. Hiring Algorithms Are Not Neutral. Harvard Business Review Digital Articles; Campbell, I., & van Wanrooy, B. 2013. Long working hours and working-time preferences: Between desirability and feasibility. Human Relations, 66(8), pp. 1131-1155; Leslie, L. M., Manchester, C. F., Park, T. Y., & Mehng, S. A. 2011. Flexible work practices: A source of career premiums or penalties? Academy of Management Journal, 55(6), pp. 1407-1428; Kossek, E., Thompson, R., & Lautsch, R. 2015. Balanced flexibility: Avoiding the traps. California Management Review, 57(4), pp. 5-25; Rosenblat, A. 2018. Uberland: how algorithms are rewriting the rules of work. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Cases: Pixar (Catmull, E. 2008. How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity, Harvard Business Review, Jan2009, Vol. 87 Issue 1, p109-109); Ferran Adrià; RECRUITMENT AT CHINA SUNWAH BANK: GUANXI VERSUS TALENT (Reference no. 9B14C010); Susan Cassidy at Bertram Gilman International (CASE - Reference no. 9-417-053); STOCKBAY PARTNERS: PROACTIVE FLEXIBLE WORK AND TALENT RETENTION (Reference no. 9B16C031). - Notes taken by students during lesson and slides (slides will be published in the e-learning platform after each lesson).

* Non attending students

Staw, B. M. 1995, Why no one really wants creativity. In Creative action in organizations, pp. 161-66; Brown, T. 2008, Design Thinking. Harvard Business Review, June 2008, 86 (6), pp. 84-92; Slavich B., Svejenova S. 2016, Managing Creativity: A Critical Examination, Synthesis, and New Frontiers. European Management Review, 13 (4), pp. 237-250; Mor Barak, M. E. 2017, Managing diversity, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage (From chapter 6 to chapter 16); Campbell, I., & van Wanrooy, B. 2013. Long working hours and working-time preferences: Between desirability and feasibility. Human Relations, 66(8), pp. 1131-1155; Leslie, L. M., Manchester, C. F., Park, T. Y., & Mehng, S. A. 2011. Flexible work practices: A source of career premiums or penalties? Academy of Management Journal, 55(6), pp. 1407-1428; Kossek, E., Thompson, R., & Lautsch, R. 2015. Balanced flexibility: Avoiding the traps. California Management Review, 57(4), pp. 5-25; Rosenblat, A. 2018. Uberland: how algorithms are rewriting the rules of work.

Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises, and discussion of case studies.

Assessment and Evaluation

* Attending students:

Attending students will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

• Individual Class Participation and In-class, and out-of-the class individual/team assignments (in order to assess students’ ability to actively participate in a discussion about organizational issues using an appropriate technical language) – Max. 60 points. This course is organized as a seminar, thus the student ability to follow the basic etiquette rules and participate actively is critical for creating a good learning environment. Each student will be asked to perform a series of in-class, and out-of-the-class activities (discussions, exercises, etc.) that address issues related to the course content.
• Final individual written exam (in order to assess students’ ability to describe and use concepts in specific empirical contexts, using an appropriate technical language) – Max. 40 points. The final exam consists of two open questions about the topics presented and discussed in the course, and slides/readings/cases for attending students. Each question is worth a maximum of 20 points. Each answer will be assessed according to the following criteria: relevance to the question; comprehensiveness in relation to the question; inclusion of appropriate links; conciseness (without redundancy or repetition); command of language; clarity of presentation. The exam, which will take approx. 1 hour/1 hour and 30 minutes, will be a closed book exam.

At the end of the overall activities, the score in the 100-point scale will be converted in a grade in the Italian 30-point scale (the minimum number of points is 60). Detailed results of the different activities (exercises, exam) will be published in the e-learning platform. The final grade will be available through the “sportello internet”.

* Non attending students:

Final individual written exam

• Each non attending student will take an exam at the end of the course. This final exam consists of two open questions based on the non-attending student materials (articles, papers, and book chapters). Each question is worth 15 points. Each answer will be assessed according to the following criteria: relevance to the question; comprehensiveness in relation to the question; inclusion of appropriate links; conciseness (without redundancy or repetition); command of language; clarity of presentation. The final grade will be the sum of the points obtained in the two open questions. The exam, which will take approx. 1 hour/1 hour and 30 minutes, will be a closed book exam.

The final grade will be available through the “sportello internet”.

Further information

* Section on creativity will be taught by Prof. Barbara Slavich (http://www.ieseg.fr/en/faculty-and-research/professor/?id=1631).