79252 - Fundamentals of Management

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Docente: Fabio Rizzi
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: SECS-P/08
  • Language: English
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Cesena
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Digital Transformation Management (cod. 5815)

Learning outcomes

The goal of this course is to provide students with a framework of the core concepts of firms’ management. Through the learning of the course content, students will gain fundamental knowledge and skills for management and will develop analytical and critical thinking skills. By the end of the course students will understand the main management problems, learn about strategic decision management, and will are able to apply tools and techniques useful to support management's processes. Specifically, the learning objectives for students are: o To acquire knowledge of key principles of management and be able to critically apply this knowledge to the analysis of case studies o To understand and apply a selected management topic to a real organizational setting o To be able to discuss with others the key management principles and showing application of knowledge to case study material

Course contents

The organisational context

  • Introducing Organisational Behaviour
  • Environment
  • Technology
  • Culture

Individuals in organisations

  • Learning
  • Personality
  • Communication
  • Perception
  • Motivation

Groups and teams in organisations

  • Group formation
  • Group structure
  • Individuals in groups
  • Teamworking

Organisational structures

  • Work design
  • Elements of structure
  • Organisation design
  • Organisational architecture

Leadership processes

  • Leadership
  • Change
  • Decision making
  • Conflict
  • Power and politics


Buchanan, D. A. and Huczynski, A. A. (2020) Organizational behaviour. 10th ed., Harlow, UK: Pearson

Teaching methods

Lectures. Presentations. Small-group activities. Assignments. Coaching and mentoring. Case studies. Online discussion boards. Project work. Game-based activities. Q&A sessions.

Assessment methods

Attendance and active participation. Oral and written assignments and exercises.

Summative assessment takes the form of an oral examination. The assessment criteria and the assessment matrix are specified during lesson 1.

Office hours

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Quality education Industry, innovation and infrastructure Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.