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Final project

What is

For admission to the graduate examination, you must have completed all the credits required by the educational regulations of your degree program.

The dissertation examination consists of the public discussion of the thesis in front of a committee.

The supervisor will agree with you on a topic that you must address with a commitment proportional to the 15 CFUs attributed to the thesis.

The thesis can have as its subject matter topics related to all the disciplines of your course of study and must be consistent with the objectives of the course, but also with your interests and experiences gained (internship, Erasmus etc...).

The thesis must be characterized by:

  • the originality of the topic, method and/or results obtained
  • the research method
  • the completeness of the bibliographical references
  • a thorough knowledge of the subject and for critical analysis skills

You can write your thesis in English but you must acompany it with an abstract in Italian and in any case you must present it in Italian.

Group thesis

The supervisor may assign a research topic to a group of students, no more than three in number. single title and text of the thesis for all students, with indication in each copy of the thesis of each student's parts

You must all graduate at the same session and each will present and discuss his or her thesis individually to allow for separate evaluation.

Thesis prepared during Erasmus mobility

You will be able to prepare your thesis during your study abroad period and this can have credit recognition from 1 to 14.

The information will be included in your Learning Agreement and then reviewed by the contact person for Erasmus+ procedures.

Technical Directions.

Photographic/audiovisual filming

Read the regulations of the accreditation procedure for conducting photographic and/or audiovisual filming activities inside university buildings (effective 06/28/2013).

Steps of preparation

To prepare your paper you must:

  1. request the referring lecturer and define the topic:you must contact the lecturer with whom you will do your work, always keeping in mind the deadline for registering for the final exam
  2. confirm the application online:you can only register if you have no exams due
  3. research the bibliography and study the state of the art: on the basis of the directions agreed with the lecturer, you must delve into the chosen topic
  4. write the table of contents: having retrieved and studied the material you must structure an outline outline to discuss with the lecturer
  5. write the text: after approval of the table of contents you must:
    • proceed independently to write your paper
    • read and possibly complete the bibliographic research
    • pay particular attention to the correctness of the text in Italian
    • write between 30 and 70 pages.

Structure of the paper

The structure of the paper must be agreed with your lecturer.

Here are, however, some broad guidelines:

  • frontispiece:you may want to use this template
  • index: it can be two-level (chapters and paragraphs) or three-level (with the addition of sub-paragraphs) and should immediately bring out the content and logical consequentiality of the structuring of the paper
  • abstract (in Italian and English): it must be:
    • short
    • between 150 and 200 words
    • must explain the subject of the work
    • clarify the motivation behind the choice of topic
    • describe in extreme summary the research method followed and the results obtained
  • chapters:we suggest you use short periods, use the impersonal form, rich vocabulary, and explain any new concepts or terms
  • conclusions:they should be clear and concise, summarize the results of the work, and hint at future developments in the topic.


If the speaker does not give you specific directions, format the text following these standard carratteristics:

  • margins:right and left, bottom and top 3 cm
  • text alignment:justified
  • page numbers:bottom right
  • text format:Times New Roman 12 font,1.5 line spacing, first line indent 1 cm
  • footnote format:TimesNew Roman 10 font, single line spacing, no indentation
  • format of bibliography:Times New Roman12 font, single line spacing, indentation protruding 1 cm
  • character:bold only for chapter headings, paragraphs, sub-paragraphs, and for numbers and captioning of charts and tables
  • numbers:Roman numerals for chapters and Arabic numerals for paragraphs and sub-paragraphs
  • notes:at the end of the page and not at the end of the chapter, with numbering starting from 1 in each new chapter.

N.B Use this frontispiece for your thesis.

Graphs and tables

If you have to include graphs and tables in your paper, remember:

  • they must be named with the title at the top
  • they must be labeled with a sequential number from which you can tell their placement within the different chapters.
    For example: Tab. 2.3 (the third table in Ch. 2), Graph. 5.1 (the first graph in Ch. 5), Fig. 1.1 (the first figure in Ch. 1)
  • to state the source at the bottom unless they are graphs and tables that you have personally prepared.
    For example: Source: Istat, 2003: p. 235.


With regard to citations you should keep in mind that:

  • in the body of the text, sources should be cited by calling out, in parentheses, the author's last name and the year of publication. Example: Income is understood as a change in the wealth conferred by the owners, caused by the conduct of business management (Zappa, 1951)
  • If it is deemed appropriate to quote a short passage literally, it should be placed in quotation marks and should indicate the page from which it was taken. Example: It seems useful to recall what Torre (2002: p. 93) argues: "an effective implementation of flexibility etc."
  • literal quotations are justified only in cases where it is really necessary to recall a thought in its original formulation or when you want to give particular emphasis to a certain statement


At the end of the thesis you should include an alphabetical list of the bibliography reviewed and cited in your paper.

  • Articles from scholarly journals: Pugh D.S., Hickson D.J., Hinings C.R., MacDonald K.M., Turner C., Lupton T., 1963, "A conceptual Scheme for Organizational Analysis," Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 289- 315
  • Monographs: Butera F., 1972, I frantumi ricomposti - Struttura e ideologia nel declino del "taylorismo" in America, Marsilio, Venice
  • Monographies in foreign languages of which the Italian edition has been consulted: Thompson J.D., 1967, Organizations in Action, McGraw-Hill, New York (ed. it, Organizational Action, Isedi, Turin, 1988)
  • Curatele: Rossi P., Mori M., Trinchero M. (eds.), 1975,The Problem of Sociological Explanation, Loescher, Turin
  • Book Chapters: Maggi B., 1992, "Social Research in Organizations," in Costa G. (ed.), Manual of Personnel Management, Utet, Vol. 1, pp. 83
  • Reports to Workshops and Conferences: Masino G., 2003, New Technologies for Decision Making, paper presented at the Fourth Workshop of Teachers and Researchers of Business Organization, Florence, 13
  • Web Resources: Ciani E. and De Blasio G. (2014). Sometimes they work: subsidies to the stabilization of precarious workers. Web resource available at: (accessed June 25, 2014)

Anti plagiarism check

N.B Remember to use sources properly, citing them both in the text and in the final bibliography and always quote third-party words in quotation marks. Remember that there are both criminal and disciplinary legal consequences for plagiarism.

To combat the misuse of sources available on the Web the texts of final papers are subjected to an anti-plagiarism check using specific software.

If your lecturer feels that you have not used sources correctly, he or she may ask you to revise your final paper and possibly postpone the degree exam to a later session.

Withdrawal of graduation scroll

Collection of Degree, Master's, Doctoral and Postgraduate scrolls for all schools takes place at the "UniGe World" spaces in Via Balbi 40-42 red - ground floor (opposite Via Balbi 5).

Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only by appointment, booking on the specific page for the delivery of parchments.

Delegates must submit a hard copy of the delegation signed and photocopy of the delegate's ID.


The final test is passed if you obtained a grade of not less than 66 points out of 110.