Facoltà di Ingegneria - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)


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Organizzazione dell'Impresa
Business organization
Donato Iacobucci

Seat Ingegneria
A.A. 2016/2017
Credits 6
Hours 48
Period II
Language ENG


Learning outcomes
The course will enables students to acquire knowledge about the main organizational structures of firms,the relationships bewteen information technologies and organization, and the factors affecting the choice of different organizational forms and the related management processes. Specific attention is paid to vertical integration choices (make or buy) and the management of innovation processes. This knowledge contributes to enrich studentsÂ’ knowledge about the factors affecting the strategic and organizational choices of firms and the contractual relations within the supply chain. The course also provide students with basic knowledge about internationalization processes and the role of these processes in the context of business growth strategies.
After completing the course students will be able to master the methodology used in choosing the appropriate organizational form. Moreover students will be able to evaluate the costs and benefits of make or buy decisions and of the different contractual relations within the supply chain. Students will acquire several specific skills, such as: 1. the ability to evaluate the cost and benefits of vertical integration choices taking into consideration both production and transaction costs; 2. the ability to assess the costs and benefits of different forms of internationalization according to the company's strategic decisions; 3. the ability to evaluate costs and benefits of innovative projects.
During the course students are required to solve a variety of organizational issues, referring to organizational choices, make or buy decisions or the evaluation of innovation projects. Students are required, in team, to write a business plan for a new venture. They are therefore required to present and discuss the results of their work in class. These activities will contribute to improve independent judgment, communication skills and autonomous learning.

Firms and organizations. Organization theories. Strategy, Organization design and effectiveness. Organizaional structures: unitary form, multi divisional form, matrix form. The firm as an open system and the interorganizational relations. Make or buy decisions and supply chain management. Designing organization for the internazional environment. Innovation and organizational change.

Development of the examination
The assessment of students' learning is made by: 1. A written test, consisting of five/six questions about the topics covered in the course. 2. An oral part, consisting in the discussion of the results of the written test and further questions on the topics covered in the course. Students cannot access the oral part of the exam if they have not passed the written test.

To successfully pass the final assessment, students must demonstrate to know the concepts and models illustrated in the course. Students must also demonstrate the ability to solve exercises related organization problems.

A score is assigned to each question. The sum of the points awarded to the questions is equal to thirty. Scores will be based on the following criteria: a) the completeness and accuracy of the answer b) the development of arguments, c) the use of the appropriate terminology. The result obtained in the written test can be increased or decreased in the oral test.

The outcome of the evaluation is positive when the student reach at least eighteen points out of thirthy. The highest rating is achieved by demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the content of the course.

Recommended reading
Richard L. Daft - Organization Theory and Design - 12th Edition - 2015

  • Ingegneria Informatica e dell'Automazione (Corso di Laurea Magistrale (DM 270/04))

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