We will explore different theories of the firm and the main decision-making problems related to some important functional areas of business management through a mix of cases, discussions, business games, lectures and workgroups.
By the end of this course, the student should have acquired the following knowledge and skills
(1) Knowledge and understanding: to know the main theories of the firm; to know the characteristics of the main functional areas of the business management; to know the main management problems affecting the functional areas covered by the course; to understand the historically-determined nature of the firm’s theories; to understand the need for adaptation of business theories to concrete business contexts.
(2) Applying knowledge and understanding: to assume, in light of the acquired knowledge, decisions regarding the main management problems affecting the most important functional areas of business management.
(3) Making judgments: ability to evaluate managerial decisions concerning the main functional areas of the company in light of the internal and external constraints with which the company management is faced.
(4) Communication skills: through group works related to concrete business management problems assigned by the instructor, the course includes specific activities aimed at developing the student's communication skills; in particular, each student will be called upon to expose to the class a part of the group work he/she has been working on.
(5) Learning skills: at the end of the course, the student is expected to have the ability to learn to further deepen, in autonomy and/or in the context of advanced specialist courses, the complex discipline of Management.