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May 14,15,16

Human Resources Management

Professor Filippo Wezel
PhD (Bologna), M. Sc. (Bologna)


Professor Marco Ottaviani

Professor of Organization and Management at USI.

PhD (Bologna), M. Sc. (Bologna).

Filippo was appointed Professor of Organization theory at the Faculty of Economics in September 2009. He is also Permanent Visiting Professor at EM Lyon (France) and Senior Extra-mural Fellow of CentER (Netherlands). With a PhD in Management from the University of Bologna, he previously held appointments at the University of Groningen (post-doc) and at Tilburg University (assistant and, then, associate professor). He acquired further academic experience as visiting researcher/professor at the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania, USA), at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and at Lille I (France).

His teaching interests include organizational theory and organizational behavior, which he has taught at the undergraduate, master, PhD and executive levels. His research focuses on organizational diversity, inter-firm mobility, and industry emergence. He won the Credit Swiss teaching award in 2008.


The course focuses on the management of human capital, which in today’s economy appear as essential for the success of a company as much as an effective production systems or a well-designed marketing strategy. Indeed many managers now recognize that a critical source of competitive advantage comes having an effective system for obtaining, mobilizing, and managing the organization’s human assets.

The purpose of the course is not to get into the technical detail of issues such as the psychometric of test validation, the specifics of doing job evaluations, the mechanics of interviewing – issues well covered by many human resource professionals. Rather, the course adopts the perspective of the general manager and addresses human resource topics from a more strategic perspective – i.e., as a source of competitive advantage.

The flow of the course follows a macro-to-micro approach. In the first block we will discuss the overarching framework of the course and we will deal with motivation, job design and compensation. In the second block, the ways to improve recruiting, reducing the outflows of personnel within an organization and properly manage retention will be discussed.

Marco Ottaviani
Professor of Economics

Marco Ottaviani teaches Economics at Bocconi and Managerial Economics at SDA Bocconi. He recently returned to Italy after globe-trotting for some twenty years. After earning a doctorate from MIT, he became tenured professor of economics at the London Business School and professor of management and strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. His research focuses on information aggregation in markets and organizations. Recently, he has been working on the provision of incentives for information intermediaries, the development of prediction markets to improve corporate and public decision-making, and the rationale for government policies intended at protecting consumers. He is currently principal investigator of a five-year European Research Council research grant on Designing Institutions to Evaluate New Ideas.

ECONOMICS – Course Description 

• Master the basic tools of microeconomic analysis and apply them to business decision making
• Have a clear understanding of how firms price their products depending on their cost structure and the competitive environment in which    they operate; gain expertise in cost accounting system design
• Understand and be ready to apply the strategies that firms use to gain and sustain competitive advantage
• Analyze the performance of markets both for competing firms and in terms of social welfare


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