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Course 2017-2018 a.y.

30282 - GLOBALIZATION, SOCIETIES AND INSTITUTIONS


BIEF - BIEM
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English


Go to class group/s: 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 21 - 22

BIEF (2 credits - II sem. - OB)
Course Director:
MARIO PERUGINI

Classes: 21 (II sem.) - 22 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 21: MARIO PERUGINI, Class 22: MARIO PERUGINI


Course Objectives
One legacy of the present globalization is the fragmentation of the notion of capitalism into several national and supra-national models. Since 1989, Capitalism is no longer considered as a monolith, but as a way of organizing the economic activity, both at the macro-level, and at the micro one. Different models of capitalism characterise different areas of the World, and different models of enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The seminar focuses on the varieties of capitalism approach to the study of modern societies, examining the role of history and culture in shaping the institutions which superintend to the business sector, among which those determining the ownership and governance structures of the companies themselves.

Main purpose of the seminar is to convey practical knowledge about how large companies are shaped and organized in different capitalist systems, in order to help students to orientate themselves in the very complex variety of business systems around the World.

In order to achieve this, the seminar has a basically practical orientation. Almost all classes are based on case studies and on concrete issues of everyday business life.


Course Content Summary
The main topics of the seminar are the following
  • The varieties of capitalism approach: an overview. A taxonomy of market economies around the World.
  • Varieties of capitalism and corporate structures.
  • Corporate ownership around the world.
  • Liberal market economies: market or institutional investors? The Anglosaxon model.
  • Coordinated market economies. The persistence of centralized control.
  • The Southern way: latecomers and business groups.
  • Leviathans. State in business: China and Russia.
  • Global companies and varieties of capitalism.
     

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Attending students

The qualification of attending student is obtained by those who attend at least the 75% of the classes (12 hours, 6 classes). Changes of class are not admitted, and allowed only for very specific reasons. Attending students are requested to take a written exam in order to ascertain the basic knowledge of the topics of the course. In order to pass (idoneo), a student has to answer correctly to 75% of the questions (T/F, multiple choice and other modalities).

 

Non attending students:

Non attending students will have to take a written exam on the topic of the course, based on T/F (with motivation) questions, multiple choice, open questions and other modalities. They have also to deliver a two-pages double spaced essay, on a specific topic of the course


Textbooks
Preparation materials are communicated at the beginning of the course.
Last change 15/05/2017 09:30

BIEM (2 credits - II sem. - OB)
Course Director:
MARIO PERUGINI

Classes: 15 (II sem.) - 16 (II sem.) - 17 (II sem.) - 18 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 15: MARIO PERUGINI, Class 16: MARIO PERUGINI, Class 17: MARIO PERUGINI, Class 18: MARIO PERUGINI


Course Objectives
One legacy of the present globalization is the fragmentation of the notion of capitalism into several national and supra-national models. Since 1989, Capitalism is no longer considered as a monolith, but as a way of organizing the economic activity, both at the macro-level, and at the micro one. Different models of capitalism characterise different areas of the World, and different models of enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The seminar focuses on the varieties of capitalism approach to the study of modern societies, examining the role of history and culture in shaping the institutions which superintend to the business sector, among which those determining the ownership and governance structures of the companies themselves.

Main purpose of the seminar is to convey practical knowledge about how large companies are shaped and organized in different capitalist systems, in order to help students to orientate themselves in the very complex variety of business systems around the World.

In order to achieve this, the seminar have a basically practical orientation. Almost all classes are based on case studies and on concrete issues of everyday business life.


Course Content Summary

The main topics of the seminar are the following

  • Introduction: the varieties of capitalism approach. A taxonomy of market economies around the World.
  • Varieties of Capitalism and Corporate Structures.
  • Corporate Ownership Around the World And Ownership Mechanisms.
  • Liberal Market Economies: Market or Institutional Investors? The Anglosaxon model.
  • Coordinated Market Economies. The persistence of Centralized Control: Europe and Japan.
  • Case discussion: Japan Inc.
  • The Southern Way: Latecomers and Business Groups.
  • Leviathans. State in business: China and Russia.
  • Global Companies and Varieties of Capitalism.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods
For attending students
The qualification of attending student is obtained by those who attend at least the 90% of the classes (14 hours, 7 classes). Changes of class are not admitted, and allowed only for very specific reasons. Attending students are requested to take a written exam in order to ascertain the basic knowledge of the topics of the course. In order to pass (idoneo), a student has to answer correctly to 75% of the questions (T/F, Multiple choice, and other modalities).

Non attending students
Non attending students have to take a written exam on the topic of the course, based on T/F (with motivation) questions, multiple choice, open questions and other modalities. They also have to deliver a two-pages, double spaced essay on a specific topic of the course.

Textbooks
Preparation materials will be communicated at the beginning of the course.
Last change 12/05/2017 11:12