Management in Organisations

Course description
The course focuses on fundamental concepts and issues of organizational design and human resource management. The student will analyse how organizations are structured within the context of the larger social and economic environment; why systems of control and coordination vary across organizations and change over time; and how human resource practices may contribute towards improving the effectiveness of organizations.

The course will be divided into three main sections 

  1. Organizational Behavior
  2. Organizational Design
  3. Human resource management practices (planning, recruiting, training and development, appraisal, compensation)

Required course materials
Readings required for this course are provided by the Master office.

Course objectives

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to various perspectives of management.

The course focuses on fundamental concept and issues of organizational design and human resource management. It exposes students to the various theories and models underlying tradeoffs between organizational effectiveness and work design. Organizational aspects (such as size,environment, alliances, technology, innovation) and human aspects (such as compensation,training, development, leadership) of management are critically examined.

Experiential exercises and contemporary case studies are used throughout the course and students will be given the opportunity to develop their skills in discussing case studies.

Upon completion of this course, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with the concepts of organizational design
  • understand key contemporary issues in organization theory
  • be able to analyse the main decisions on human resource management practices (recruiting, training and development, compensation decisions)
  • the ability to apply concepts and principles from organizational behaviour to solve everyday problems in organizations.

Final Exam
There will be a comprehensive, final exam which will include true/false and multiple choice questions.


Department of Economics and Management 'Marco Fanno'
Torre Portello C3, Via Bassi 1, 35131 Padova
Master Office - 4th floor
Office hours: Monday- Friday 09.30 - 14.30 
Tel: +39 049 8271228-9