Advanced knowledge of organization theories. This course is reserved to master of science/master degree students (i.e. the Italian “laurea magistrale”).
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.
The course is organized around the following topics:
• Creativity and creativity management;
• Merit, meritocracy, and discrimination;
• Work-life balance;
• Uberization of work relations;
Lectures, exercises, and discussion of case studies.
* 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. 48 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. 52 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 26 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”.
* Section on creativity will be taught by Prof. Barbara Slavich (http://www.ieseg.fr/en/faculty-and-research/professor/?id=1631).