- Advanced knowledge of organization theories.
- Basic knowledge of organizational behaviour and leadership.
- This course is reserved to master of science/master degree students (i.e. the Italian “laurea magistrale”).
The goals of this course are to develop the conceptual foundations, frameworks and methods for analysing, and understanding some hot and contemporary organizational topics (diversity, inclusion, creativity, responsible leadership). At the end of this course, students will be able to analyse and understand both organizational and social impacts of the topics covered during the course. These topics play a key role in the process of social transition as defined by the department's excellence project.
The course is organised around the following topics:
- Discrimination, diversity, inclusion: how can worker diversity be managed in order to be beneficial for both workers and organizations?
- Creativity and creativity management: Can creativity be managed?
- Responsible leadership (ESG/CSR in the field of leadership).
Lectures, exercises, and discussion of case studies.
* Attending students:
Attending students will be evaluated on the following components: individual class participation/assignments (this course is organized as a seminar, thus your ability to participate actively is critical for creating a good learning environment) and/or team assignments (each team will be asked to perform a series of in-class/out-of-the-class activities - e.g. discussions, exercises, etc. - that address issues related to the course content). At the end of the overall activities, attending students will receive a maximum of 100 points. This score in the 100-point scale will be converted in a grade in the Italian 30-point scale (the minimum number of points in order to reach a sufficient grade is 60 and, in any case, students need to reach at least 20 points in each of the tree sections of the course).
If students are interested to be considered as a "attending student", they need to be in class during the first lesson. If students decide to be attending students, attendance becomes mandatory, unexcused absences will affect the final grade and your status of attending student. Attending students are expected to attend (from the beginning to the end of the lesson) a minimum of 80% of all course meetings of the the tree sections (i.e. 7 over 8 lessons for each sections).
* Non attending students:
Non attending students will be evaluated on a final exam. In particular, the exam is: written, at the end of the course (January/February, June, July, September), in digital format (duration: 60 minutes), consisting of three open questions (to understand if the student has acquired the ability to connect the fundamental concepts and / or to apply the concepts to specific practical contexts). Each open question is worth a maximum of 11 points.
The answer to open questions will be assessed according to the following criteria: relevance to the question; comprehensiveness in relation to the question; inclusion of appropriate links; conciseness (without redundancy or repetition); command of language; clarity of presentation. The final grade is given by the sum of the scores obtained in the open questions. The exam will be scheduled in one or more shifts at the computer lab. The exam will be based on the contents of papers you can find in the reading list and in the e-learning platform.
Any slides used to support the lessons, other materials (e.g. papers), and information are published on the e-learning platform of the course (see the section “Online Teaching materials”).
- Section of diversity will be taught by Prof. Stefano Basaglia.
- Section on creativity will be taught by Prof. Barbara Slavich.
- Section on responsible leadership will be taught by Prof. Raúl Barroso.