A93199 Entrepreneurial Excellence in Italian Industries

Scuola di Economia e Management
Syllabus
Academic Year 2014/15 Second Semester

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Docente TitolareAlessandro Sinatra
E-mailasinatra@liuc.it
Office"Torre" (main tower), 7th floor
Phone0331 572202

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course the student will be able:

a) to understand the importance of a network approach to organizations and their management;

b) to critically assess the relationship between organizational networks’ properties and a firm’s performance;

c) to apply theoretical concepts in real life situations;

d) to appreciate the impact of the issues discussed in the course in several “Made in Italy” industries, through the participation to a number of companies’ presentations.

Course Content

The course presents the key features of the "Made in Italy" business model, specifically looking at the importance of a network approach to strategy making. The course integrates recent theoretical and methodological developments with company presentations.

Course Delivery

The course is structured in three main parts. In the first one the importance of organizational networks at different level is introduced and discussed using recent academic papers and practical lab sessions. Every session is expected to include a short lecture, a group discussion on selected readings and some lab activities. The second part of the course mainly consists of company presentations: representatives from leading Italian firms will be invited to deliver presentations to students. During the second part of the course the students will be grouped in small team-works required to deepen a specific isse related to the course content. At the end ofo the classes a presentation will be required. The presenations will be followed by a discussion and an update on the status of the different group projects. The third part of the course will present the recent approaches of the networks analysis and real applications will be presented.

Course Evaluation

Course evaluation will be based on the following criteria:

Attending Students:

(i) final written exam, 50%

(ii) class participation, 20%

(iii) work project, 30%

Non Attending Students:

Oral exam based on 35 scientific papers (topic: networks)

The papers will be provided on the course material website.

Syllabus

Session 1
26/02/2015
Time: 11:00
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: A. Sinatra

Topics:

Course Introduction

Readings:

Session 2
27/02/2015
Time: 10:00
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor: F. Butera

Topics:

The Relevance of Networks for the "Made in Italy" Business Model

Readings:

Session 3
05/03/2015
Time: 11:00
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: F. Butera

Topics:

Networking: a prospective on trategy and organization

Readings:

Session 4
06/03/2015
Time: 10:00
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor: A. Sinatra

Topics:

The Conditions fo Creating a Network Strategy (Class exercise)

Readings:

Session 5
12/03/2015
Time: 11:00
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: R. De Vita

Topics:

Introduction for UCINET of Nodex

Readings:

Session 6
13/03/2015
Time: 10:00
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor: R. De Vita

Topics:

Sna basic Theories and Applications

Readings:

Session 7
19/03/2015
Time: 11:00
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: R. De Vita

Topics:

to be defined

Readings:

Session 8
20/03/2015
Time: 10:00
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor: R. De Vita

Topics:

to be defined

Readings:

Session 9
26/03/2015
Time: 11:00
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: A. Sinatra

Topics:

The aerospace programs as companies networks: the Augusta Westland case

Readings:

Session 10
27/03/2015
Time: 10:00
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor: A. Sinatra

Topics:

Managing a global network: The group Fiera Milano

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Session 11
09/04/2015
Time: 11:00
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: A. Sinatra

Topics:

Building the Competitive Advantage redefining thr supply chain network: the Martinelli Ginetto Company

Readings:

Session 12
16/04/2015
Time: 10:00
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor: A. Sinatra

Topics:

The Lombardy Aerospace network

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Session 13
17/04/2015
Time: 11:00
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor: R. De Vita

Topics:

Groups presentation and feedback to the company

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Session 15
23/04/2015
Time: 11:00
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: A. Sinatra

Topics:

The Relational View To Understand Strategy-Making and Organizational Functioning

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Session 16
24/04/2015
Time: 10:00
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor: A. Sinatra

Topics:

Group project presentations, peer review and assesment.

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Session 17
30/04/2015
Time: 11:00
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: A. Sinatra

Topics:

Class exrcise

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Session 18
01/05/2015
Time: 10:00
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor: A. Sinatra

Topics:

Conclusions an final remarks

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