96101 - Organization, Teams and Digital Leadership

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

Quality education Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course students know the basics of organizations' design, how to build, manage and motivate work teams, both physically available and online. Students can make use of conceptual and computational models to manage and understand distributed intelligence.

Course contents

Information, communication and identity. Groups, teams and coordination modes. Organizational routines, difficulty and possibilities for organizational change. Organizations ecologies and their dynamics.


All teaching materials are available on Virtuale.

Teaching methods

Lezione frontale.

Assessment methods

The exam has two components:

  1. An essay on a case-study related to the course, or developing computer code on one of the topics touched in the course. This section contributes a maximum of 20/30 to the final grade.
  2. An oral examination contributing a maximum of 10/30 to the final grade.

Students achieving less than 10/30 in section (1) are not admitted to section (2). Honors are granted to students who exhibit exceptional originality, persistence and consistency in both sections.

Students who wish to deliver computer code as (1) are encouraged to talk extensively with the professor in order to agree on purpose, relatedness and usefulness.

Students who wish to deliver an essay as (1) should focus on a case-study linking theory to practice. This case-study may be drawn from one's own personal experiences, or experiences of friends or relatives, or it may have been inspired by a book or a film. Adding fictional details to real stories is allowed. Contructing a purely fictional story is also allowed but, unless one has outstanding writing abilities, purely fictional stories risk not too entail sufficiently many details. Details are crucial.

Students are invited to ask themselves the following question: "If I had not attended this course, would I have written my essay in exactly the same way?" The answer must be a clear "No." In order not to make this mistake, students are invited not to write their essays when the course is still in its beginnings.

Any length between 5,000 and 15,000 characters is acceptable, spaces included, references excluded, figures, tables and captions excluded. Essays must be written in scientific style, straight to the point with a very short introduction. Appropriate references must be provided for any claim that is not being made by the author. References must appear in the text in the form (Smith, 2017) or "... but Smith (2017) observed that..." The list of references should look approximately this way:

  • Smith, J.K. (2017) How to pass the exam. The Easy Exam Journal, 34: 56-72.
  • Smith, A.B. (1998) The Perfect Essay. Nairobi, Academic Editions.
  • Smith, Y. (2021) The Online Guide to Business Students. Available at <https://www.easyuniversity.com>. Accessed on 23-11-2021.

Final grades (1) + (2) are awarded with the following criteria:

  • 18-22 for sufficient preparation and sufficient analytical capabilities expressed in a correct language.
  • 23-26 for a technically adequate preparation and articulate analytical capabilities expressed with the appropriate terminology.
  • 27-29 for a deep knowledge of the topics illustrated in this course, substantial capabilities of expressing critical assessments, mastery of specific terminology.
  • 30-30+honors for a particularly deep knowledge of the topics illustrated in this course, substantial capabilities of expressing critical assessments and drawing connections between issues and topics even in other courses or disciplines, mastery of specific terminology.

Students are allowed to reject their evaluation and re-take the exam any number of times within the academic year. The grade obtained on Organization, Teams and Digital Leadership (6 CFU) is averaged with the grade obtained on Fundamentals of Management (6 CFU) to obtain one single comprehensive grade labeled Fundamentals of Management and Organization. This comprehensive grade cannot be recorded unless both component exams have been passed. Both component exams must be passed within the current academic year. If only one component exam is passed, its grade is lost.

Teaching tools

Blackboard, beamer, computer simulations, class discussions.

Office hours

See the website of Guido Fioretti