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Università degli studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”
Master of Science in Business Administration
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ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT & EVOLUTION
TEACHING MEMBER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COURSE:
Gianpaolo Abatecola, PhD., Research Fellow (Tenured Assistant Professor) in Management Email: gianpaolo.abatecola@uniroma2.it
Weekly Office Hours: to be checked on the web site

PRE-REQUISITES FOR THE COURSE:
None

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
How do firms evolve? What is the role of environmental determinism? Does managerial voluntarism count? How do the mechanisms of co-evolution between firms, markets and country systems work? It is a matter of fact that Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species (1859) has been representing a catalyst publication also for the development of the management literature. Although the contribution of Darwinism to understanding how firms and countrysystems evolve remains controversial to date, a number of heterogeneous research perspectives have been developed within the organizational evolution field. On this basis, this course aims at explaining how the enterprises’ governance and management evolve under uncertainty in dynamic and complex environments. The course is divided into the following sections:




Section I: Enterprise Evolution
Section II: Enterprise Management

At the end of the course, the students:
1. will have been provided with ideas on how organizational adaptation works and how enterprises and their competitive environments mutually co-evolve. 2. will have been provided with the fundamentals of how the enterprises’ strategy can be implemented through their life cycle.

TEACHING METHODS
The teaching approach is mainly research led, but with a strong practitioner input through ‘live’ case studies also.

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Università degli studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”
Master of Science in Business Administration
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REFERENCES
• Abatecola G. (2009), “Bridging Adaptation Perspectives to Explore Corporate Crisis Determinants. Evidence from Fiat”, International Journal of Business & Economics, 8(1): 163-184. • Abatecola G. (2012a), “Organizational Adaptation. An Update”, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 20(3): 274-293.

• Abatecola G. (2012b), “Interpreting Corporate Crises. Towards a Co-Evolutionary Approach”, paper presented at the XII EURAM Annual Conference, Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management, Rotterdam, June, 6th-8th.

• Abatecola G., Cafferata R., Poggesi S. (2011), “Arthur Stinchcombe’s Liability of Newness. Contribution and Impact of the Construct”, Journal of Management History, 18(4), early cite. • Abatecola G., Farina V., Gordini N. (2012), “Boards of Directors in Troubled Waters! Enhancing the Survival Chances of Distressed Firms”, in Carretta A., Mattarocci G. (Eds.), Financial Systems in Troubled Waters. Information, Strategies, and Governance to Enhance Performance in Risky Times, Routledge, London: 9-18 (forthcoming).

• Abatecola G., Mandarelli G., Poggesi S. (2011), “The Personality Factor. How Top Management Teams Make Decisions. A Literature Review”, Journal of Management and Governance ((DOI: 10.1007/s10997-011-9189-y).

• Breslin D. (2011), “Reviewing a generalized Darwinist approach to studying socio-cultural change”. International Journal of Management Reviews, 13(2): 218-235. • Cafferata R. (2012), “Enterprise Management & Evolution”, Teaching Notes, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Department of Studies on Business, Government, and Philosophy. • Cafferata R., Abatecola G., Poggesi S. (2009), “Revisiting Stinchcombe’s Liability of Newness: A Systematic Literature Review”, International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, 3(4): 374392. • Grant R.M. (2010), Contemporary Strategy Analysis: Text and Cases, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester,...
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