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1 Prof. Gianfranco Rebora Università Carlo Cattaneo 1 Management through literature and movies Presentation September 2012

2 Prof. Gianfranco Rebora Università Carlo Cattaneo 2 Aims of the course The course will try to define and improve skills and attitudes other than those usual in the domain of academic studies and offer students new perspectives for the development of their ideas. Group-work, lectures and workshops will be centred on movies and literary works to trigger critical thinking and promote personal growth.

3 Prof. Gianfranco Rebora Università Carlo Cattaneo 3 Course structure Three sessions workshop: “the power of words” (prof. Puglisi) Class discussions about some movies Small groups preparing analysis and comments about movies and/or novels connected to organisational and managerial topics Class presentations by small groups of students

4 Prof. Gianfranco Rebora Università Carlo Cattaneo International students (English language sessions) 6 sessions (3 ECTS) Presentations of groups (max. 3 people) concerning an issue/ topic explained using movies or novels Marks follow presentations 4

5 Prof. Gianfranco Rebora Università Carlo Cattaneo 5 Lesson Timetable Sept. 18, Tuesday: Presentation. How Novels & Movies can play a role in management theory and practice. Oct. 2, Tuesday: "The Power of Words. A Complex Approach to Contemporary Issues in Management". Oct. 16, Tuesday: "The Power of Words. A Complex Approach to Contemporary Issues in Management" Oct. 23, Tuesday: "The Power of Words. A Complex Approach to Contemporary Issues in Management" Oct. 30, Tuesday: Analysing management issues through movies. Guidelines for student’s works Nov. 20, Tuesday: Analysing organizational culture across the world Dec. 10, Monday: 9.00 – p.m. Presentations of student’s works

6 Prof. Gianfranco Rebora Università Carlo Cattaneo 6 Italian students (English language+ Italian language sessions) 13 sessions (6 ECTS): 6 English + 7 Italian (Tuesday ) Presentation (in Italian language) of group work (max. 3 people) concerning: –An issue/topic explained using movies –An issue/topic explained using novels Marks follow presentations

7 Prof. Gianfranco Rebora Università Carlo Cattaneo 7 Orario delle lezioni aggiuntive in italiano / Timetable Martedì : Sept. 25: Management e cinema: indicazioni metodologiche. Esercitazione Oct. 9: Applicazioni: gestione di crisi aziendali Nov – Applicazioni: il potere in azienda e la gestione del personale Nov. 13: Applicazioni: leadership Nov. 27 : Presentazioni degli studenti Dec. 4 : Presentazioni degli studenti Dec 11: Presentazioni degli studenti Dec 18: Presentazioni degli studenti

8 Prof. Gianfranco Rebora Università Carlo Cattaneo 8 Themes, arguments Change Power Training Leadership Responsibility Problem-solving and Decision-making Crises and Emergencies Humour, Irony and Management The Limits of Organizations Quality Negotiations Motivation Diversity Management Gender Issues

9 Prof. Gianfranco Rebora Università Carlo Cattaneo 9 Narratives and organization studies Narratives enable us to study organizational politics, culture and change in uniquely illuminating ways, revealing how wider organizational issues are viewed, commented upon and worked upon by their members

10 Prof. Gianfranco Rebora Università Carlo Cattaneo 10 Why Management through literature and movies? Reading novels and watching movies is not only relevant to one's personal education, it can also play a role in management theory and practice. In fiction, managers will find helpful hints, suggestions and even answers to basic questions that scientific management may find hard to cope with. Whenever traditional economic theories lack the time and patience to focus on what is actually happening in the world, novels and movies may help us develop new ideas and increase our awareness.

11 Prof. Gianfranco Rebora Università Carlo Cattaneo 11 A narrative approach How contributes to understand management organizations, work life ? Knowledge mode suitable for present time, source of languages useful to understand complex phenomena Conflict that produces change Learning process following thoughts and emotions Opportunity for identification Developing personal features and resources Storing redundancy, useful stuff to manage uncertainty Facing to ambiguity of relations and situations Opening access to unknown worlds


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