Public University of Navarre



Academic year: 2017/2018 | Previous academic years:  2016/2017 
Double Bachelor's degree in Management, Business Administration and Law (international program)
Course code: 177104 Subject title: BUSINESS ECONOMICS
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Basic Year: 1 Period: 1º S
Department: Business Administration
Lecturers
URTASUN ALONSO, AINHOA (Resp)

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Module/Subject matter

Organization and Human Resources.

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Descriptors

Organizational needs. Markets and organizations. The nature of the firm. Cooperation and conflict. Types of firms. The firm value-chain.

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General proficiencies

Generic competences provided by this course:

CG01. Analysis and synthesis skills

CG08. Team work skills

CG12. Social skills

CG15. Ethic behavior in the job

CG16. Working in stressful environments

CG17. Self-directed learning

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Specific proficiencies

Specific competences provided by this course:

CE01. Understand economic organizations as the result and application of theoretical or formal that represent how the economy works

CE04. Apply professional criteria and technical tools to solve business problems

CE11. Understand the nature of the firm as an organization and place where agents with different interests interact

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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes Content Methodology Assessment
R04. Firm's basic theory. Organization and functional areas Units 1, 2, 6 A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6 Individual critical review, Individual exam and Assessment of individual work
R08. Organization theory. Strategic management Units 2, 3 A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6 Individual critical review, Individual exam and Assessment of individual work
RE1. Conflict and cooperation in the firm Units 3, 4, 5 A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6 Presentations, Individual exam and Assessment of individual work
RE2. Ethics in the firm Units 3, 4 A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6 Individual critical review, Individual exam and Assessment of individual work

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Methodology

Methodology-Activity In-Class Hours Out-Of-Class Hours
A-1 Sessions "Big group" (final exam included) 46  
A-2 Sessions "Medium group" 14  
A-3 Completing assignments and solving exercises 25
A-4 Self-directed studying during the course   42
A-5 Preparing tests and exams   18
A-6 Attending individual tutorials   05
Total 60 90

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Relationship between formative activities and proficiencies

Methodology-Activity COMPETENCES
A-1 Sessions " "Big group" (final exam included) CG01, CG03, CG08, CG12, CG15, CE01, CE11
A-2 Sessions " "Medium group" CG01, CG08, CG12, CG16, CE01, CE03, CE04, CE11
A-3 Completing assignments and solving exercises CG03, CG08, CG12, CE04
A-4 Self-directed studying during the course CG15, CG16, CG17
A-5 Preparing tests and exams CG01, CG08, CG16, CG17, CG02, CE04, CE13
A-6 Attending individual tutorials CG15

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Languages

English.

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Evaluation

Learning outcomes Evaluation Weight (%) Recoverable nature
R04, R08, RE1 Final exam* 60%-70% Recoverable
R04, R08, RE1 Performance of individual activities 40%-30% Non-recoverable

* Minimum mark to be eligible to retake the final exam 2/10; Minimum mark to calculate the final grade 4/10

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Contents

This is a course on the analysis of organizations from an economic perspective. This course attempts to provide students with the basic conceptual knowledge and the indispensable analytic tools to better understand organizational problems that arise from collective action to finally improve firm efficiency.

Stockholders, managers, employees, financial institutions, customers and suppliers provide initiative and resources so that the firm can generate and distribute value. This course uses formal economic models to study the cooperation and conflict relationships between these parties.

This course considers the firm as a complex institution where the main characters are not the resources or the objectives but the individuals who act as rational agents. These agents relate to each other through contracts. These relationships take place in a context where the existence of uncertainty, information asymmetry and conflicting interests among the parties make cooperation more difficult. The firm is suggested as an institution able to mitigate such cooperation difficulties. Under this framework, different types of firms such as capitalistic firms and social firms are examined as well as the role of authority within the firm.

Finally, based on the value-chain concept, the different activities that firms perform are described and related to firm profit generation.

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Agenda

Unit 1. Why do firms exist?

Unit 2. Types of organizations

Unit 3. Decision making within firms

Unit 4. Authority in the firm and the employment relationship

Unit 5. Large corporations and the agency relation

Unit 6. Peer group cooperation

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Bibliography

Acceda a la bibliografía que su profesor ha solicitado a la Biblioteca.


Douma, S. y Schreuder, H. (2013): Economic approaches to organizations. Prentice Hall. 5th ed.

Salas Fumás, V. (1996): Economía de la empresa. Decisiones y organización. Ed. Ariel. Barcelona. 2ª edición.

Serra Ramoneda, A. (2003): Mercados, contratos y empresa. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Barcelona.

References are available in the library.

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Location

Aulario UPNA.

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