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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP7080543, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IA2383, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 5.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BUSINESS HISTORY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction French, English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in TECHNIQUES, HERITAGE, INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPES

Teacher in charge MARCO BERTILORENZI SECS-P/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-P/12 Economic History 5.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 5.0 35 90.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Comm. 17-18 01/06/2018 31/05/2019 BERTILORENZI MARCO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: A good knowledge of French and English
Target skills and knowledge: - be able to understand the organizational and productive choices of firms and other economic actors and link them with industrial heritage issues
- be able to analyze strategies of investment and technological innovation in history
- Deconstruct the firms storytelling, with specific attention to the aspects linked to the innovation process
- be able to put the productive choices of firms in perspective with the specific economic, political and social context.
Examination methods: The participation during the seminars and the final relations presented to the class will be evaluated
Assessment criteria: Grading will be based on the work submitted and on attendance and active participation during the course.
Course unit contents: The course aims to provide notions in business history in order to understand the role of economic actors (firms and entrepreneurs), of their organisations and of their strategies behind technological and productive choices. In particular, we will focus on the specific issue of the technological innovation as the outcome of firms strategies and structures, which belongs to specific social and historical contexts. An institutional standpoint will be adopted to the historical problem of the firm, in order to understand the mutual interactions between actors and societies in shaping technology and economy.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal and seminarial teaching, reports, reading and individual comments on chosen texts.
Additional notes about suggested reading: References are indicative. During the seminars, also other materials (articles and chapters) will be read in order to expand on some specific aspects of business history
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Amatori, Franco; Colli, Andrea, Business History. Complexities and Comparisons. New York: Routledge, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Chandler, Alfred D.; Amatori, Franco; Hikino, Takashi, Dimensione e diversificazionele dinamiche del capitalismo industrialeAlfred D. Chandler jr.con la collaborazione di Takashi Hikinoedizione italiana a cura di Franco Amatori. Bologna: Il mulino, 1994.