Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Cognomi E-N
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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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Year of study: 
Second semester



Course description

The course covers theories, tools and practices related to organizational design. The course intends to develop knowledge and understanding skills applied to organizational behavior, coordination mechanisms and organizational forms
Knowledge and understanding: the student should be able to understand the basic concepts of organization, with peculiar reference to organizational behaviour, coordination mechanisms, and forms of organization.
Applying knowledge and understanding: the student should be able to apply the acquired knowledge to organizational diagnosis and design.
Making judgments: the student should be able to use autonomously the acquired knowledge solving specific issues, such as the analysis of organizational issues and the identification of more suitable coordination mechanisms and organizational forms.
Communication: the student is expected to give clear and in-depth answers to the questions of the written exam and oral exam.
Lifelong learning skills: the student should be able to show a good learning ability, by widening, for example, his/her knowledge with use of relevant bibliographic references. The student will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in previous courses integrating them with the additional professional skills that characterize the course.


Fundamentals of Management (Economia Aziendale), Microeconimics (Microconomia)


Part I: The organizational actor. Contents and purposes of the organizational action. Boundaries and levels of analysis. The levels of the organizational actor: the individual. Analysis of the work microstructure: structure and relationship mechanisms. Knowledge. The motivation. The forms of work microstructure (24 hours)
Part II: The levels of the organizational actor: the group. The structure: characteristics of the working groups. Relationship mechanisms and group dynamics. Group development stages. Some types of groups. The levels of the organizational actor: the company. The infrastructure. The interdependencies between the activities. (24 hours)
Part III: The levels of the organizational actor: the company. The sociostructure. Functional and divisional units. Coordination mechanisms. The superstructure Organizational forms at company level. Some criteria for analyzing organizational forms. Theoretical contributions in competition (24 hours)

Teaching Methods

Lectures. Moreover, students will be trained by means of a variety of interactive teaching methods such as discussion of cases, simulations, teamwork and presentations, that enable students to gain a solid understanding of the complexities of modern organizations.


De Vita P. Mercurio R. Testa F., (2007), Organizzazione aziendale: assetto e meccanismi di relazione. Giappichelli editore

Learning assessment

At the end of the course, learning outcomes will be tested through a final exam. The exam will consist of a written and an optional oral examination. Final written exam will consist of open-ended questions. For students attending the course the written exam could also consist of open questions related to a project work and open questions that directly refer to course material. The students who will pass the written exam with at least 26/30 could take the oral exam.

More information

Additional course material is available on Moodle (e-learning)