Course 2010-2011 a.y.



Department of Legal Studies

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31
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Classes: 31 (I sem.)

Course Objectives

The course aims at analyzing the legal, economic and managerial profiles of the Third sector, which importance nowadays is strongly growing up in Italy and abroad. Internationally speaking the third sector employs nearly 4% of economically active population, produces the 5% of Western Countries combined GDP and, only in Italy, counts 220.000 organizations, with about 630.000 employees and a global business volume of 40 billion Euros. These few figures justify the claim for legal and managerial competencies by non-profit organizations. Lawyers and consultants are in fact frequently asked to give advice to non-profit corporations, to solve their juridical, administrative and managerial problems, to help them during the incorporation process, and furtherly to counsel them in case of drafting of commercial agreements as well as in case the companies had to go through the hiring process. Given the fragmented and peculiar structure of the Third sector, consultants are also required to know the managerial processes of non-profit organizations as well. According to it, the course deals not only with the legal frame of non-profit organizations, but also with non-profit management and economics. The course will evolve by switching from traditional lectures to case discussions about non-profit governance and strategy; non-profit Italian managers as guest speakers will be invited, short visits will be organized to non-profit organizations and students will be invited to develop field projects for non-profit organizations. Also, both international and Italian frameworks will be investigated in a comparative perspective.

Course Content Summary


  • The non-profit world: a comparative perspective.
  • Economic and political theories on the third sector.
  • An Italian Overview: associations, foundations and committees.
  • The process of incorporation of a non-profit organization.
  • The role of cooperatives in the non-profit area.
  • Some fiscal aspects.
  • Other forms of non-profit organization: social enteprise, trust, fondazioni di partecipazione.
  • Third sector and competitive issues related to the supply of free-market services.
  • non-profit and finance: social investment funds and social exchange.
  • Social Enterprise in the US and UK: a short overview.
  • non-profit management and governance.
  • The role of the board of directors.
  • Organizational lifecycles in non-profit organizations.
  • Human resource management.
  • Fundraising: strategies and managerial techniques.
  • Financial management: how to read a financial statement.
  • Social marketing and communication: how to develop a campaign.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Oral exam. Students can prepare projects related to the activity of a non-profit organization.


  • Teaching aids about non-profit organization's law. 
  • Allison, M. and Kaye, J., Strategic Planning for Non-profit Organizations: A Practical Guide and Workbook, Hoboken:NJ, Wiley and Sons, 2005 
  • The exam's preparation must include some teaching aids, which will be available as soon al the course starts.
Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)
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