Student guide Faculty of Economics A.Y. 2010/11

Management through Literature and Movies
Aim of the course
Reading novels and watching movies is not only relevant to one's personal education, it can also play a role in management theory and   practice.
In fiction, managers will find helpful hints, suggestions and even answers to basic questions that scientific management may find hard to cope with.
Whenever traditional economic theories lack the time and patience to focus on what is actually happening in the world, novels and movies may help us develop new   ideas and increase our awareness.
The course will try to define and improve skills and attitudes other than those usual in the domain of academic studies and offer students new perspectives for the development of their ideas.
Group-work, lectures and workshops will be centred on movies and literary works to trigger critical thinking and promote personal growth.
Learning materials from movies and fiction, classic and modern, will be used to deal with company issues and managerial skills such as:

Change, Power, Training, Leadership, Responsibility, Problem-solving and Decision-making, Crises and Emergencies, Humour, Irony and Management,
The Limits of Organizations, Quality, Negotiations, Motivation, Diversity Management, Gender Issues.
Students' assessment will take into consideration original papers, presentations and personal contributions relevant to the aims of the course and  the problems dealt with.
Reading list
Czarniawska B., Narratives in Social Science Research, Sage, London, 2004
Gagliardi P., Czarniawska,  Management Education and Humanities, Elgar, London, 2006
Rebora, G., Letture e visioni.  Il management attraverso il cinema e la letteratura, LIUC paper, 2005
Varanini F., Il principe di Condé. Nuovissimi romanzi per i manager, Este, Milano, 2010