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  • Teacher Cristina Dallara

  • Credits 8

  • SSD SPS/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English


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

Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The course aims to give a graduate-level introduction to organization analysis, providing an overview of the key issues, theories and discussions within organization theory and behaviour. At the end of the course students will be able to: - Learn the main contributions and discussions in organization theory, understanding key causes in shaping the behaviour and performance of real organizations. - Understand organizational theories potentialities by means of applying theory to practical organizational cases and exercises.

Course contents

The first part focuses on the main approaches of the industrial sociology and classical organization theory, such as Taylor and the Scientific Management, Mayo and the Human Relation School and the contribution of Barnard on cooperation, efficiency and efficacy. Moreover, this part deals with the theories of personality development, the Toyota model, Weber and the ideal-type of bureaucracy and its critics, such as Gouldner and Merton.

The second part deals with some important issues related to organizations planning and management and organizational behaviour topics: power and the strategical behaviour of organizational actors; the linkage between organization and its environment; organizational structures and organizational culture.


Main text-book:

Mary Jo Hatch, Ann L. Cunliff (2013), Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic and Postmodern Perspectives, OUP, Oxford.

Additional readings and case studies will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Teaching methods

Lectures; case studies analysis.

Assessment methods

For students attending REGULARLY classes:

A final research paper with presentation and discussion in class;


For students NOT attending classes:

A written exam with 5 open questions on the whole programme.

Teaching tools

PPT; Videos; web-sites; 

Office hours

See the website of Cristina Dallara