The course provides an organic overview of Organizational Behaviour studies and the main theoretical reference models used to study individual behaviour, group behaviour and organizational processes. We will explore the themes of knowledge management, organizational design and the actions taken to improve the efficacy of an organization in terms of its environment, focusing, above all, on their scope of application and the managerial implications.
Expected learning outcomes
Lesson period: Second trimester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The course studies entrepreneurialism and/or innovation and, more specifically, the inherent organisational categories. The aim is to enable the student to understand and interpret the nature of the organisation and to learn the key criteria and design tools.
To understand the organisational dimension, it needs to be viewed through several lenses: the organisation as a programmable 'machine' to obtain targeted outputs; the organisation as a living entity in an ongoing conversation with its ecosystem; the organisation as an adaptive learning process; the organisation as a cultural system, and, likewise, as a political system. This approach, among others, takes a more holistic view of the organisation, amplifying both the theoretical scope of interpretation and intervention and the intellectual toolbox. The course studies the main categories of basic organisational design: design logics, structures, coordination mechanisms, and the typical strategic choices of organisations based on contexts and goals. Ultimately, we will study the nexus between organisational forms, in particular, groups and teams, and the organisation's ability to produce innovation and creativity by using knowledge management tools and techniques.
The course is in three parts: 1) Basic organisational analysis and design 2) The organisation and its different interpretive lenses 3) Creativity, innovation, knowledge management, organisational forms.
Reading List - G. Morgan, Images. Le metafore dell'organizzazione, 2007, 5th ed., Franco Angeli. - (Edited by) Leigh L. Thompson, Hoon-Seok Choi, Creativity and Innovation in Organizational Teams, Psychology Press, 2006. - Lecture notes and any study materials uploaded to the Ariel course page.
Assessment Method Written exam of 1-hour duration in which the student will be asked to respond to five open questions. The questions are designed to assess their learning progress relative to the course subject matter, knowledge of the reading list materials, appropriate use of terminology and ability to take a critical approach.