Course 2023-2024 a.y.

20763 - GEOPOLITICS FOR BUSINESS

Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Class timetable
Exam timetable
Go to class group/s: 31
CLMG (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12) - M (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12) - IM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12) - MM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12) - AFC (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12) - CLELI (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12) - ACME (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12) - DES-ESS (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12) - EMIT (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12) - GIO (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12) - DSBA (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12) - PPA (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12) - FIN (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/12)
Course Director:
ANDREA COLLI

Classes: 31 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: ANDREA COLLI


Synchronous Blended: Lessons in synchronous mode in the classroom (for a maximum of one hour per credit in remote mode)

Suggested background knowledge

No background knowledge is required.

Mission & Content Summary

MISSION

Geopolitics, defined as the interaction between the two dimensions of the geographic/physical space and/or "realm" in general, and power, has recently acquired and increasing relevance, gaining growing attention by scholars and academics but also practitioners, commentators, opinion-makers, consultants and not least business leaders. With increasing international political conflicts, organizations need to be managed with suitable and innovative methodologies. The most successful global companies will be therefore those that make expertise in international affairs central to their operations, adopting what can best be described as a corporate foreign policy. Such a policy will have two goals: to improve a company’s ability to operate in foreign environments through effective corporate diplomacy, and to ensure its success wherever it is engaged through careful geopolitical due diligence. It is therefore vital for executives and management students to understand geopolitical events because companies, whatever their location, sector or size, must consider how they are affected when devising strategies. This course aims at introducing students to the understanding of the contemporary geopolitics and geopolitical trends, focusing on the most important areas of emerging geopolitical conflicts, and understanding the nature, and the ways to manage and control, geopolitical instability, treats and risk.

CONTENT SUMMARY

GEOPOLITICS FOR BUSINESS

 

 

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I. FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOPOLITICS FOR CORPORATE LEADERS

 

 

 

Introduction: Globalization, Deglobalization, Geopolitics and Strategy: which challenges for corporate leaders?

 

 

 

Geopolitics for the present World

 

 

 

 

 

II. WORLD ORDERS AND GLOBALIZATION

 

 

 

Two Centuries of “Geopolitical Shifts”. Which lessons from the past for corporate leaders?

 

 

 

 

21st Century Geopolitics. The present scenario

 

Geopolitics and Globalization

 

Working Class 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. MODERN GEOPOLITICS: THREATS, OPPORTUNITIES AND CORPORATE STRATEGIES

 

 

 

From Territory to Spaces: the rise of contemporary geopolitics

 

 

 

 

 

III.1 Geopolitics of new geographic spaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arctic Geopolitics

 

Case discussion

 

Geopolitics of the Outer Space

 

Case Discussion

 

The Geopolitics of Renewables 

 

 

 

III.2 Geopolitics of unconventional spaces

 

Geoeconomics

 

 

 

Geopolitics and technology: neo-techno-nationalism and the threats for global companies

 

Reading Discussion

 

The Geopolitics of Infrastructures 

 

Working-Class 2/1

 

Working Class 2/2 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IV. STRATEGY AND GEOPOLITICS

 

 

 

Corporations and (Geo) Political Risk: an introduction

 

 

 

Navigating Political Risk at Home: Populism vs. Business

 

Multinationals and Geopolitical Risk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doing business with dictators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doing Business in Wartime (A)

 

Working-Class 3 - Final

 

 

 

 

 


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • To understand the trends in geopolitical equilibria in the light of the main interpretative frameworks in the field
  • To analyze and discuss the main topics in current geopolitical analysis and research
  • To understand the nature of political and geopolitical risk
  • To analyze the strategic positioning of companies in relation to geopolitical threats

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • To understand and evaluate the impact of political and geopolitical risk on entrepreneurial decisions and logics
  • To understand and master the main techniques in order to manage political and geopolitical risk

Teaching methods

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Individual assignments
  • Group assignments
  • Interactive class activities on campus/online (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)

DETAILS

The couse will include 2 or 3 talks by experts in the field and several cases and incidents for discussion.

 

A group work (case-based) will be part of the final grade as well as a final individual assessment.

 

 


Assessment methods

  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  x x
  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
    x
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
    x
  • Active class participation (virtual, attendance)
x    

ATTENDING STUDENTS

Attendance is warmly encouraged. Students will be evaluated though a mix of assessment techniques including a workgroup, a presentation and an (elective) final individual essay (up to 3,000 words, up to 2 additional points) to be agreed upon with the instructor before the midterm evaluations break.

 

The course includes a midterm and a final exam (Open and/or MC questions). The two grades’ average will account for the 20% of the final grade. The rest will be the outcome of the workgroup (80%) plus an eventual additional score (up to 2 points) of the final individual assessment.


NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

Non attending students will be assessed through a final written exam on the whole program of the course composed by a set of MC questions and open questions. Non attending students will additionally be required to write a 3000 words essay about a book agreed with the instructor.


Teaching materials


ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

The course materials include articles, cases and incidents, plus a set of slides provided by the instructor. Teaching materials and reading will be uploaded by the instructor some days before each class.

Last change 16/01/2024 18:32