Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ECONOMIA E MANAGEMENT
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First Semester
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Course description

The course covers theories, tools, and analyses related to the business organization of SMEs. The learning objectives of the course can be defined as follows:

-Knowledge and understanding related to the topics of business organization of SMEs and of the tools necessary to carry out professional and consultancy interventions.

-Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: the ability to use theoretical and practical management intervention tools useful for autonomously interpreting documents, organizational charts, and reports used in organizations.

-Autonomy of judgment: Once the main elements of organizational planning and behavioral dynamics have been acquired, the students must demonstrate that they have developed a critical capacity for the analysis of organizational problems characteristic to SMEs and the development of solutions with respect to specific "critical" situations.

-Communication skills: The students will also have the opportunity to experiment in a professional and / or consultancy way with their own communication skills regarding the analyzes carried out and the solutions developed.

-Learning skills: At the end of the course, the students will have developed the ability to analyze business phenomena and to make decisions in complex organizations.


Fundamentals of Management (Economia Aziendale)


The main topics covered in the course focus on the fundamental problems and choices of organizational design, structures and organizational forms of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and how these differ from larger enterprises. In addition, attention will be also given to the topics of entrepreneurship, the life cycle, and the governance in the SMEs.
The course is structured as follows:
Block I:
SME – features and peculiarities:
- The entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial function
- The birth and the growth of the SME
- Organizational issues in SMEs

Organizational objectives and strategy:
- Adequacy of organizational assets
- Objectives and operational scope
- Organizational strategies
- Environmental context

Block II:
Structure and work
- Macrostructure
- External relations
- Microstructure of work
- Human resources
- Leadership and organizational climate

Systems and geographical scope:
- Coordination and control systems, information systems, and knowledge management
- Geographical scope

Change management:
- Organizational design: designing the change of the organizational structure

Teaching Methods

Lectures: aimed at improving the students' knowledge and understanding by exposing theories, conceptual models, and managerial tools.
Furthermore, the active participation of the students is foreseen through:
- group project work and case studies: the students, divided into groups, will face business cases representing some "critical" situations exemplifying the topics covered during the course; the students in groups will elaborate on a presentation in which they expose the analyzes carried out and the proposed solutions;
- in-class presentations: crucial to the development of communication skills;
- individual study: functional to the development of autonomous learning skills.


Burton R.M., Obel B., Håkonsson D.D., Martinez M., (2020), Organization design. Principi e metodi per l'adeguatezza dell'assetto organizzativo aziendale Giappichelli, Torino, ISBN:9788892135116. (chapters 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11,13)
Recommended readings:
Lauto et al. (2019). Alla ricerca dei “veri” imprenditori. Prospettive in Organizzazione.
Pisano, V. (2019). Orchestrare le risorse umane per il processo di crescita internazionale: un focus sulle imprese familiari. Prospettive in Organizzazione.

Learning assessment

During the course, learning will be verified through the use of tests and the discussion of business cases. At the end of the course, learning outcomes will be verified through a final exam. The exam will consist of a written exam including multiple-choice and open-ended questions related to the contents of the textbook. The students who will pass the written exam with at least 26/30 could take the oral exam (optional).
Candidates must demonstrate the possession of adequate knowledge and the ability to understand the problems presented by applying the theories and conceptual models covered during the course; they must also demonstrate the ability to process and communicate solutions consistent with the organizational problems identified.

More information

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