Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION
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Dott.ssa POTITO Serena
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Course description

The objectives appear to be congruent with those provided by the Course of University on which it is incardinated (acquiring interdisciplinary training, deepening legal, economic, business subjects). The aim is to equip students with a critical capacity and a legal analysis of both legal systems and socio-economic, national and international events.
“Business History” aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of historical and economic phenomena related in particular to the development of national and ethical, public and private enterprises over the last two centuries, extending themes such as interrelationship with the different social, political, and legislative contexts, and the organization and management of enterprises.
At the end of the course students must demonstrate that they have acquired the following skills and abilities:
A knowledge and understanding of topics structured in an economic-historical key for companies, both public and private, both in the Italian context and in contexts of other nations, not just European ones.
An ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to individual events and events, national and international, through the study and exemplification of precise historical events, always in relation to companies; in addition to the economic policy instruments and the legislative measures that regulate these companies.
An autonomy of judgment relating to specific historical and economic issues that allows the development of a critical capacity of individual events and the correlation between historical events, economic events and different political, ideological and legislative contexts.
A communicative ability that allows him to expose what has been learned through the use of a precise terminology of an economic type; this skill will be strengthened and stimulated also through the discussion in the classroom of the topics covered by the lessons, while at the same time encouraging greater depth and understanding of certain topics;
An ability to learn the topics of the teaching to be stimulated through the discussion in the classroom of the topics in question, as well as an offer of educational material, in line with the topics covered by the teaching.



The course deals with the enterprise as a fundamental institution for understanding the evolution of the economy, society and institutions over the past two centuries, through an analysis of different models of enterprises spread over different eras and different socio-cultural contexts. After providing the theoretical aspects of the subject, specifying the concepts of entrepreneur and enterprise, the different national corporate systems in contemporary times are compared, putting in light convergences and divergences of dimensional structures and organizational forms, and various dynamics evolution of the company and its relationship with the socio-economic, cultural and institutional. The course also addresses issues related to the management and corporate governance, to technical progress and innovations, the labor history (transformations in work, industrial and social conflicts), the public role of business in the modern world, to the most recent global impact of the crisis on the world of business.
Contents in lesson hours: Introduction to business history and theories of the economy on the theme of the company and the entrepreneur (6 hours); the company and the context, institutions, laws (8 hours); the historical evolution of dimensions and forms of companies (16 hours); management and governance of the company, organization (6 hours); the company and the work (4 hours); technical progress and marketing (4 hours); public enterprise: rise and decline (4 hours).

Teaching Methods



Learning assessment

The examination method is done either through classroom discussions following the lessons of the course, both through a test run and through the final exam.
All the methods are oral, and about individual topics of discussion or structured on questions on a variety of topics.
The duration is variable: in the case of the discussions of the individual lessons, being a collective test, the duration is approximately 60 minutes; The test run is structured on questions similar to those of the final exam and has an individual duration of approximately 10/15 minutes; The final exam (only oral) is a structured interview on questions, and lasts about 15/20 minutes for a single student.
The objective of the tests is to verify the understanding of subjects, the acquisition of appropriate skills - both historical-economic and linguistic, and the ability of an interdisciplinary vision of some themes; All goals include an assessment of the overall maturity of the student and the overall growth of his historical, legal and economic culture.
Final exams and trials are measured by numerical vote (from eighteen to thirty).

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