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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP7080543, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IA2383, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 5.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BUSINESS HISTORY
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Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance
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 (Ord. 2018)

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 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

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 historical dynamic of the multinational firm, on their role in the process of economic integration and on their impact over different economic and social 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, international business and multinationals firms.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Amatori, Franco; Colli, Andrea, Business History. Complexities and Comparisons. New York: Routledge, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Chandler, Alfred D., Scale and scopethe dynamics of industrial capitalismAlfred D. Chandler, jr.with the assistance of Takashi Hikino. Cambridge: MA, The Belknap press of Harvard university press, 1994. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Fitzgerald, Robert, The Rise of the Global Company. Multinationals and the Making of the Modern World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Colli, Andrea, Dynamics of International Businesscomparative perspectives of firms, markets and entreprneurshipAndrea Colli. London: New York, Routledge, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Peer feedback
  • Peer assessment
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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