Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Legal Studies (cod. 9062)

    Also valid for Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Legal Studies (cod. 9062)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze the main managerial and organizational aspects of a firm. Students will deal with basic aspects concerned with firms growth, internationalization strategies, competition and globalization and management of multinationals.

Course contents

This course aims to form students’ knowledge in the area of International Management. Specifically, students will develop capabilities to identify, frame and understand problems related to to management in general and management of international operations specifically. Throughout the course issues are discussed in both theoretical and practical terms to stimulate students to relate models and concepts with practical situations.

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • understand key general principles of management, strategy and organization.
  • the implications of operating across national borders
  • analyze different combinations of strategies and organizational structures
  • analyze how different aspects of the organizational environment affects the firm and its competitive advantage
  • tackle problems related to controlling and managing foreign operations
  • understand the roles of, and challenges facing, subsidiaries and headquarters

In regards to these theme-based learning goals, students are expected to be able to:

  • apply central concepts from the literature in their applied work
  • analyze and evaluate concepts and perspectives
  • critically discuss the pros and cons of different management-related problems introduced in class
  • be able to create a whole out of the different elements of the course

Throughout the course students will be encouraged to adopt different perspectives to nurture critical thinking and to form an overarching understanding of the phenomenon studied.

Specific topics of this course:

  • Intro to Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Organizational Structure and Design
  • Organizational Culture and Change
  • Strategy
  • Globalization
  • Cultural Differences
  • Internationalization
  • Organizing Multinationals
  • Control of Foreign Operations
  • Global Factories and Reshoring
  • Transnational Knowledge Management
  • Role of Headquarters



  • Gomez-Mejia, L.R. Balkin, D.B. and Cardy R. L., (2012). Management. McGraw-Hill. (Chapters 1-4-8-9).
  • Hill, C.W. Global Business Today, 11th Ed. Irwin, New York, UK: McGraw-Hill (Chapters 1-2-4-8-12-13).

-My lecture slides cover the content of the book chapters indicated for the two books above.

Extra paper and  case studies (which you can find uploaded on VIRTUALE)

Teaching methods

The course uses a combination of lectures, discussions activities, case studies and group presentations. The high level of interactive activities requires a high degree of engagement and participation from the students. The students will inevitably become a tightly knit group. The main pedagogical form is “problem-based learning”, i.e. active participation from the students is required. All participants are expected to read ahead the assigned literature and to be prepared to discuss.

Lectures by the teacher are related to the main topics of the course. Their purpose is also to provide a theoretical background for seminars, assignments and in-class discussions.

Seminars will be based on the group presentation of articles and cases. The students will be divided into groups. Each student has to read the case/paper before the class will take place. In class will take place the discussion of the cases where students will present their analysis and engage in structured discussion. The goal is that students should apply principles and teachings received as well as test their analytical skills developed during the course.

Assessment methods

For the students attending the course the written Final Exam will be 50% of the final grade.The final exam will be structures as multiple choice questions.

The remaining 50% is based on in-class Group presentations and participation.

For those students not attending the course there is a final written individual exam, worth 100% of the final mark.

Teaching tools

The course will be held using different types of resources. PowerPoint presentations of the lectures will be made available online.

The teacher will be available on appointment (send an email to book a meeting also online).

Office hours

See the website of Francesco Ciabuschi