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ORGANIZATION THEORY

CODE 49580
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 8699 ECONOMIA E COMMERCIO(L-33) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 8707 MANAGEMENT (LM-77) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 8698 ECONOMIA DELLE AZIENDE MARITTIME, LOGISTICA E TRASP.(L-18) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 8697 ECONOMIA AZIENDALE(L-18) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SECS-P/10
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The goal of this course is to present, discuss and criticize a number of outstanding organizational theories, enlightening their value and their limits in the framing process of a wide range of organizational problems. Students are expected to develop critical understanding of organization theories and their use in the framing process of a wide range of organizational problems.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Seminar-style discussions.

    Rather than “studying theories”, class work is mostly devoted to “playing with theories”: everybody read the texts before coming to class so that we can discuss issues like: “What are the main organizational issues on which the author concentrate?” “What is the vision of the world behind this theory?” “Do you agree with the author?”, “Do you think that this theory is well equipped in order to interpret contemporary organizational problems?”, and then we can sketch out together specific managerial problems and try to use theories for framing solutions.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    All the main approaches to organization theory are covered: The Scientific Management, Functionalism, Contingency Theory, the work of James Thompson, the various contribution in the field of decision making (Herbert Simon, James March, etc.) and the ones that focus on ambiguities in decision making; the approach of Karl Weick, the Critical Management School, New-Institutionalism, etc. (see text list of articles for details).

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    • F.W. Taylor, The Principles of Scientific Management, 1911: Introd. + Ch. 1
    • H. Fayol, Administration industrielle et générale, Dunod, Paris, 1916 (trad. en. General Principles of Management): Ch. 1
    • H.A. Simon, The Proverbs of Administration, in "Public Administration Review", 6:1, 1946, pp. 53-67.
    • T. Parsons, Suggestions for a Sociological Approach to the Theory of Organization, in "Administrative Science Quarterly", 1:1, 1956
    • H.A. Simon, Bounded Rationality in Social Science: Today and Tomorrow, in "Mind & Society, 1, 2000, 1:1, pp. 25-39
    • P. R. Lawrence, J.W. Lorsch, Organization and Environment, Harvard University, 1967: Ch. 8-9
    • J.D. Thompson, Organizations in Action. Social science bases of administrative theory, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1967: Ch. 10
    • M.D. Cohen et alii, A Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice, in "Administrative Science Quarterly", 17:1, 1972, pp. 1-25
    • K.E. Weick, Organizations as Loosely Coupled Systems, in "Administrative Science Quarterly", Vol. 21, No. 1, 1976
    • P.J. DiMaggio, W.W. Powell, The Iron Cage Revisited: Institl. Isomorph. and Collect. Ration. in Organiz. Fields, in "Am. Sociol. Rev., 48:2, 1983, pp. 147-160
    • C. Grey, The Fetish of Change, in "Tamara: Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science"; 2003; 2, 2
    • D. Kahneman, The Surety of Fools, New York Times Magazine, Oct 23, 2011
    • B. Maggi, Can we transmit knowledge? in "TAO Digital Library", 2010

    (*) Minor changes to this list may apply during the course. All materials, however, will be available on Aulaweb

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ANGELO GASPARRE (President)

    TERESINA TORRE

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Sem: 2

    27 february - 1 june 2017

    Class schedule

    ORGANIZATION THEORY

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    This course does not require a final. Course grades, in fact, are based on the contribution of each to class discussions. Students who do not regularly attend lessons (participation requirement is 10 out of 12 seminars) are required to take an oral examination at the end of the semester.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    10/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    24/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    11/05/2022 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
    07/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    21/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    05/07/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    09/09/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Students interested in this course are strongly encouraged to attend classes.