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Business Organisation and Behaviour


Business Organisation and Behaviour


Academic year 2020/2021

Course ID
Teaching staff
Daniel Torchia (Lecturer)
Ulrike Johanna Mayrhofer (Lecturer)
Simona Grande (Tutor)
Degree course
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Curriculum: Business Management and International Marketing
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Curriculum: Finance and Accounting
1st year
Teaching period
To be defined
Course disciplinary sector (SSD)
SECS-P/07 - economia aziendale
Formal authority
Type of examination

Sommario del corso


Course objectives

This course, cognitive but also highly experiential, has been designed to help students understand the behavior of people at work and make the learning process enjoyable. We will explore a range of perspectives that explain the dynamics of individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational structure and processes, to make sense of today's organisational world. Scientific concepts, theories, teaching methods and ideas, will be delivered to:

-       understand the various aspects of human behaviour and cognition, both at the level of groups’ dynamics and of individuals’ changes within a social system;

-       provide students tools and techniques to develop personal awareness about individual and organisational behaviour, gender & diversity management;

-        to disseminate knowledge that advances the understanding of how and when to follow, manage, lead, in order to increase personal and organisational effectiveness.



Results of learning outcomes

Students will be able to:


  • reflect on human behaviour and develop personal and social awareness and interpersonal skills, which have a fundamental importance of improving both social and individual relationships within teamwork-based organization;
  • acquire relevant conceptual frameworks to better describe and understand dynamics within different organisations;
  • assume a critical attitude towards key components of human nature, such as personality and personal awareness, motivation and self-motivation, influence and power in groups and organisations;
  • understand the causes and consequences of failing to manage diversity and gain basic behavioural insights in decision making;
  • acquire practical tools to both reveal and contrast unconscious bias at the individual and organizational level.

Course delivery

The course will be delivered as a mix of online Webex lectures and asynchronous video pills. All the materials ( recordings of lectures and video pills) will be provided on Moodle timely.
Tutorials will also be delivered on Webex.


Learning assessment methods

Topics will be introduced by means of a brief overview at the start of class, followed by class participation:

- Discussions

- Group exercises

- Simulations

- Movies parts and videos viewing

- Case Studies

- Anecdotes and methaphores


 The assessment will be divided in two parts: .

  • Written essay (70% of the total grade): The essay title will be provided in advance and student shall work independently to produce a written essay, to be submitted on Moodle. Only the students who have submitted the essay on time, will be admitted to the oral exam.
  • Video presentation (group work: 30% of total grade) in which the lecturers firstly provide feedback on the video and, secondly, organize a contest with three prize winning groups.

Support activities

Tutorials will help students preparing for the assignments: during the tutorials, students will be assisted by the tutor.



The course is structured in different topics which are:

  • Sociological foundations and introduction to of Organisational Behaviour
  • Gender and Diversity Management
  • Personality, Values and Individual Decision Making
  • Group Behaviour and Work Teams
  • Organisational Structure and Culture
  • Communication, Conflict and Negotiation
  • Leadership
  • Organisational Change

Suggested readings and bibliography



Reading and studying material will be given during the lectures and put on Moodle platform

A list of suggested watching or reading material will be available during lectures


  • Robbins, S. P. (2011). Organizational Behavior, Concepts, Controversies and Applications, sixth edition, Prentice Hall International, Inc,
  • Bohnet, I. (2016). What Works: gender equality by design. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press



The teaching activities modalities may vary according to the limitations imposed by the current health crisis. In any case, lectures will be online throughout the academic year.


Le modalità di svolgimento dell'attività didattica potranno subire variazioni in base alle limitazioni imposte dalla crisi sanitaria in corso. In ogni caso è assicurata la modalità a distanza per tutto l'anno accademico.

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