Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Professional ethics and industrial relations/Business Strategies
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Industrial Production And Technological Innovation Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Perboli Guido ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 MAT/09 30 0 0 0 4
Perboli Guido ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 MAT/09 29 21 0 0 4
SSD CFU Activities Area context
C - Affini o integrative
C - Affini o integrative
Attivitΰ formative affini o integrative
Attivitΰ formative affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
The subject focusses on:
• the evolution of corporate organizational models, with a specific focus on multinational companies;
• the illustration of the framework of industrial relations in Italy, in Europe and other Countries;
• the ethic role of Companies and top management, the professional engineer and manager;
• the issues of management style and leadership, the basic principles and the evolution of strategy and the general methodology as described for the strategic management of organizations operating in the international markets and more generally in a competitive environment, whether manufacturers or service providers.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge of the framework of industrial relations in Italy, Europe and other Countries.
Knowledge of organizational models of business, and the ethic role of companies and top management, the professional engineer and manager, and technical management of human resources.
Knowledge of models of corporate governance and of leadership with reference to the cultures, styles and business guide values in business management.
Knowledge of the guidelines and European plans about innovation and technology in different programs, until "digital agenda", Horizon 2020 and European Smart Cities.
Knowledge of basic principles and evolution of strategy and methodologies for the strategic management of organizations operating in the markets, whether they are manufacturers or service providers.
Capacity to provide support for definition and implementation of business strategies in enterprises in Italy and abroad.
Ability to collaborate in the management of human resources and industrial relations.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Basic knowledge of corporate organization, economy and operations management

• Introductory part: Evolution of Strategic Management.
• Goals, Values, and Performance
• Industry Analysis: The Fundamentals
• Organizational Structure & Management Systems: The Fundamentals of Strategy Implementation
• The Nature and Sources of Competitive Advantage
• Technology-Based Industries & the Management of Innovation
• Global Strategies & the Multinational Corporation
• Lean thinking, Lean startup, Lean business, Blue ocean
• Customer development
• Business Model Canvas
• ICE Diagram and Balanced Scorecard
• Solution Canvas


• Enterprise and Industrial Relations. The Evolution of Management and Industrial Relations. The Unions. The union contracts at national and company level. The industrial Relations in the age of automation and digital. Re-engineering of business and programs for upgrading human resources.
• Jobs Act (Legislative decrees – March 2015). The prospects for new Industrial Relations by passing to Article 18. Analysis of the first results of the new employment contracts with increasing protections.
• Ethics and Economy: introduction and industrial scenario. Ethics: from Aristotle and Plato to the current years.
• Deontological code of the Italian Engineers. Ethics evolution and Engineering Societies.
• Ethics and organization of work in the global society. Evolution of Internationalization and the globalization of the work. Delocalization of industrial production; Ethics and systems of innovation: WCM (World Class Manufacturing) and Lean Production. Innovation and corporate culture. Different business cases.
• Management and Leadership. The processes of leadership and the maturity of employees. Styles and categories of Leadership.
• Code of Business Ethics. EBEN Values. Explicit values of multinational enterprises. Transparency and organizational integrity. Code of Ethics and the Social Responsibility of Enterprise. Code of Ethics in University System and Polytechnic of Turin.
• Technological Innovation and Digital Age: new technologies and ethical consequences on humans. Financial Systems and Ethics. Glass Steagall Act and supervisory power of multinational enterprises. The future: the company guided by values and the challenges of Start Up by Ethics?
Delivery modes
The learning method will be based on combining two types of lectures centered on two different and complementary approaches. Traditional frontal lectures will illustrate relevant theories and concepts from prominent scholars in strategic management and their application in tools for strategic analysis. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in conferences with managers with international experience.
Laboratories will be based on a collective case study discussion in which students will be required to apply the tools and the concepts learned during the lectures on theory.
The Exercises are carried out individually and in working groups. The topics covered in the lessons are discussed and presented in exercises and in case studies of multinational enterprises, by specific questions related to lessons. In the last period of the course are made of exam simulations and presentations to the overhead with full interactivity and interchange between presenters, fellow students and the teacher.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Text used for teaching
• Robert M. Grant, Contemporary Strategic Analisys, 8th edition, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
• Antonino Giannone, Etica professionale e Relazioni industriali - Ed. CLUT– Torino, Luglio 2015 e 2012.

Suggested readings

• Antonino Giannone, Strategie aziendali – Ed. CLUT – Torino – Ottobre 2012.
• Pfeffer J. Sutton R. La strategia dei fatti – Elliot ed. 2011
• Thompson A., Strickland III A., Gamble J. Crafting &Executing Strategy McGraw-Hill, 2009 –Trad. It. Strategia aziendale , Formulazione ed esecuzione McGraw-Hill
• Joseph E. Stiglitz Bancarotta. L’Economia globale in caduta libera. Ed. Einaudi, Torino 2010
Assessment and grading criteria
The final grade includes the evaluation of the team work and the written exam. The written exam aims at evaluating the knowledge of the theoretical aspects presented in the course.
The team work presents a real case to each team. The teams are made of maximum of 6 members. The final outcome of the teamwork will be an oral presentation of 20 minutes and a document of 20 pages (Strategies) and a report in a specific topic of about 20 pages (Ethics).

Then, the final grade is computed as follows:
• Team work (Strategy and Ethics): up to 22/30 points;
• Written exam: up to 10/30 points (minimum 4 points to consider it as passed).

The students that will not participate to the team works have the possibility to attend the written exam. In this case, they have to answer to an additional question and will obtain a maximum grade of 20/30.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2016/17

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