Industrial Relations

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course provides the students with the basic knowledge and analytical tools to understand the nature and functioning of industrial relations systems. Particular attention is devoted to analyse the collective representation of workers and employers, collective bargaining, participatory practices and social concertation, with a view to contribute to the acquisition of the specific competences, which are essential to work for economic interest organisations, to administer and develop human resources within profit and non-profit organisatons as well as to design, implement and manage labour market and employment policies.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will understand and will be able to present the basic features of interest organisations - trade unions and employer associations - their organisational dilemmas (whom represent and how) and strategic options (which interests may be pursued and their implications). Students will be able to distinguish between the various collective bargaining levels and analyse the bargaining structure to assess the degree of centralisation/decentralisation and the presence of forms of coordination. Students will know the different types of state intervention in the field of industrial relations. He or she will be able to present the general trends in the transformation of industrial relations in the latest decades in Italy and in the main European countries.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
Should standard face-to-face classes be impossible due to health restrictions, classes will take place online through Microsoft Teams. Classes will be recorder and made available on the course website in Ariel ( The programme and content of the course will not be affected. Exams will be taken as online oral tests through Microsoft Teams. Evaluation criteria remain the same.
Course syllabus
Industrial relations
1.1. One subject, many disciplinary perspectives
1.2. Actors, context, methods, rules

The actors of industrial relations
1.3. The issue of representation
1.4. Trade unions and employee representation
1.5. Employer representation

The relations between the actors
1.6. Collective bargaining
1.7. Conflict

The role of the state
2.1. The third actor: the state in industrial relations
2.2. Concertation and social pacts

Industrial relations in the workplace
2.3. Industrial relations at company level
2.4. Industrial relations in the public sdministration

Beyond the national level
2.5. Industrial relations models
2.6. Industrial relations at EU-level
2.7. Global industrial relations
2.8. Globalisation and the regulation of labour standards
Prerequisites for admission
No specific prior requirements.
Teaching methods
Classes are ex-cathedra. Active participation through Q&As during classes in encouraged. Attendance is strongly encouraged.
Teaching Resources
-L. Bordogna e R. Pedersini. 2019. Relazioni industriali. L'esperienza italiana nel contesto internazionale: Bologna: Il Mulino
-V. Borghi, L. Dorigatti, e L. Greco. 2017. Il lavoro e le catene globali del valore. Roma: Ediesse (cap. 3-5)
-L. Bordogna e G.P. Cella. 2000. Stato e relazioni industriali: ammissione, esclusione, correzione. Stato e Mercato. 1: 25-52.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Learning assessment takes place through a final written exam with open questions. Written answers are evaluated according to the following criteria: ability to respond in a focussed way to the question; capacity to provide a clear and exhaustive answer; proper utilisation of the relevant concepts; capacity to re-elaborate in an original and critical manner what the student has learnt. Attending students have a dedicated exam. The final grade is in 30s and is communicated automatically through the registration system.
Lessons: 40 hours
Educational website(s)
Wednesday 11.00-13.00. Meetings in person are suspended. Skype meetings can be organised via email.
Room 11, second floor (Conservatorio side)