Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
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First Semester
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Course description

The aim of the course is to develop the knowledge about firms’ processes, and to introduce the student in the logics, methods and tools of firms’ management, in order to understand the economic processes, the organization of resources and the measurement of operations. The student must acquire the basic concepts regarding firms as a system, their structure and management, with particular attention to values generated by operations and their presentation in financial scheme. The student will also have to develop interpretative skills of firms’ financial results.
The student will be able to choose between different profiles and skills relevant to manage the operations. Therefore, he will be able to define the boundaries of the business, to distinguish its different nature and to know the objectives and schemes of strategic governance and operational processes. The learning objectives of the course can be as follows:
Knowledge and understanding: the student must be able to understand the basic mechanisms of firms management.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course, the student will be able to discriminate the different types of firms and business processes, interpreting the business dynamics through specific models for the analysis of values.
Making judgments: at the end of the course, the student must be able to identify the appropriate models to represent the firm dynamics and applied to the operations and to the values according to their nature.
Communication skills: students must be able to express and describe qualitatively and quantitatively, clearly and effectively, the characteristics and dynamics of firms’ management using a technical vocabulary related to the topics covered during the course.
Learning skills: the student must demonstrate a good ability to learn models able to represent the complexity of the business processes. Furthermore, the student must demonstrate that he is able to apply the knowledge acquired to specific cases of business operations.


The course is aimed at first year students of the three-year degree course, so basic mathematical knowledge is required, normally acquired in primary and secondary education. The topics will be treated transversely, allowing any background to easily understand the issues and reach a homogeneous level of knowledge.


Institutional aspects of business administration: object and method of business administration, concept and definition of firms, the corporate finalism, the characteristics of firms, classification of companies, firms as a system, stakeholders and firm’s governance.Analysis of the main firm’s processes: financing process, sales, supply of current factors, acquisition of human resources, procurement of plurennial factors.Analysis of values: control of efficiency, effectiveness, economy; concepts of capital and income, economic, financial and patrimonial equilibrium; cost measurement, breakeven point analysis, fund and flows analysis.

The aim of the course is to provide the knowledge about logical, methods, and instruments in order to promote the understanding to analyze the management, organization and the accounting in the public and private firms. In order to develop the applied understanding, the course provides some empirical evidences about theoretical topics. The focus is on public and private organizations operating in the regulated sectors, providing an interdisciplinary knowledge of issues. In the course there will be discussions on the cutting edge topics related to firms in regulated sectors. For instance, the relationships between the ownership nature and the performance measurement. The students will obtain an high knowledge on sector regulations, main managerial implications and, finally, performance measurement. Consequently, there will be develop the capacity of the student to collect and process the financial data of the firms. The course also aims to develop the student's ability to support decision-making processes that take place in the firm; to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to its partners; to develop the learning skills that will be needed to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

Teaching Methods

The course includes lectures and exercises. The latter concern, in particular, the methodological and interpretative aspects of the values resulting from operations and the financial reporting. The knowledge acquired will be constantly stimulated in their application by analysing case studies drawn from current events and selected by the teacher.


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Learning assessment

The final exam includes a compulsory written test, concerning both general theory and quantitative subjects, and articulated in questions with a closed, open and exercises answer. Based on the results of the written test, the student must take an oral interview by formulating three or more questions. During the course, some exercises will be used as opportunities for student’s self-assessment, they can be considered as intermediate tests in case of a sufficient grade.

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