BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

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Code
90522
ACADEMIC YEAR
2017/2018
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 9014 Computer Science (LM-18) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
ING-IND/35
LANGUAGE
English
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Computer Science)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will learn basic knowledge needed to understand problems and requirements from the business environment. Attention will be devoted to the formalization of concepts and methodologies for organizational planning and management of business processes, with particular reference to decision-making processes. Students will also learn key issues in business administration and industrial accounts.

TEACHING METHODS

Class and outside preparation

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course content is divided into three modules:

  1. Decision Making
  2. Business Administration and Managerial Accounting
  3. Organizational Design

Decision Making module explores decision making in organizations, highlighting the roles of incentive, conflict, power and politics. Individual decision-making vs organizational decision making. Overlapping of the two types of decision-making. Emphasis on characteristics differentiating organizational decision-making and individual decision-making. Three different approaches to decision making: seeing first, thinking first, and doing first. Simon work; Cyert and March theory; Garbage can model; Mintzberg incrementalism.Business Administration and Managerial

Accounting module includes basic concepts of general accounting and performance analysis, cost accounting for control and decision making. Main criteria of cost classification and the main cost objects. Methodologies: full costing, direct costing, job-order costing, process costing, activity-based costing. Short term decisions: contribution margin, product mix, cost-volume-profit analysis, make or buy.

Organizational Design module aims to provide the basic concepts for understanding the internal structure and workings of small firms and large corporations and for designing effective business organizations. In particular, module contents include the role of strategy, the analysis of coordination mechanisms inside organizations, the problem of decentralization of information and power, the different designing choices for the macro-structure, i.e. the functional, divisional, matrix, hybrid or network structure.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

The following books are suggested as a reference:

  • Miner J.B. (2015). Organizational Behavior 2: Essential Theories of Process and Structure, Volume 2. Routledge
  • Garrison R., Noreen E. Brewer P. (2015). Managerial Accounting, 15th edition, McGraw Hill
  • Breitner L.K., Anthony R.N. (2013). Essentials of Accounting 11th edition, Pearson
  • Daft R.L. (2015). Organization Theory and Design, 12th edition,  Cengage Learning

Further readings and support material will be provided during the lessons. The suggested books are intended as relevant theoretical reference and complementary sources. 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

SILVIA MASSA (President)

MARCO RABERTO (President)

STEFANIA TESTA

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Class and outside preparation

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Written examination

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The written examination is aimed to assess:

  • the understanding of the concepts transferred during the lessons by means of theoretical questions, exercises and applications to real cases;
  • the mastery of the technical language by evaluating the terminology adopted in written text.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
05/06/2018 09:00 GENOVA Scritto Aula 505
22/06/2018 09:00 GENOVA Scritto Aula 505
13/07/2018 09:00 GENOVA Scritto Aula 505
21/09/2018 16:00 GENOVA Scritto