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Professor Gianfranco Dioguardi

Biography Professor Gianfranco Dioguardi.
Gianfranco Dioguardi
Gianfranco Dioguardi

Born in Bari on June 25, 1938, Engineer, Professor of Economics and Company Management at the School of Engineering of the Politecnico of Bari, he carries out teaching and scientific activities both in Italy and abroad. Gianfranco’s expertise covers construction, engineering, technological innovation, and communications.

He is the Chairman of the Fondazione DIOGUARDI, a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote the integration of knowledge with company management skills. A number of enterprises are closely associated with the Foundation.

He sits on various Boards of Directors, on the Governing Boards of companies and on the Scientific Committees of journals, cultural organizations, public and private institutions.

On June 2, 1989 the President of the Republic appointed him Cavaliere al merito del Lavoro, an Italian decoration given to important figures in industry. On June 4 2004, a Decree of the President of the French Republic appointed him Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Since 1996, he is also Honorary Member of the Centre d'études sur la pensée antique "Kairos Kai Logos" of the University of Marseille. Professor Diogaurdi has widely varying cultural interests and has produced essays in History, Organisational Theories and Economics, and has published several articles and books, some of which are mentioned below.

Organizzazione come strategia: lo sviluppo della piccola impresa in tempi turbolenti, (Management as a Strategy: the development of small enterprises in turbulent times, ISEDI-Mondadori, first edition 1982, last edition 2001

Al di là del disordine - Discorso sulla complessità e sulla impresa, (Beyond Disorder - Essay on Complexity and Enterprise), Cuen, Napoli, 2000

Sui sentieri della scienza, (On the Tracks of Science) Sellerio Ed., Palermo, 2001;

Ripensare la città, (Rethinking the Town) Donzelli Editore, Roma, 2001

L’impresa a rete (Network Enteprises), Bollati Boringhieri Torino 2007, Springer USA 2009

Contact details

Professor Gianfranco Dioguardi
E-mail: Address:
Tel. +39 02 62690683 Piazza della Repubblica, 30
Fax:+39 02 6575161 20124 Milano, Italy


Module: Entrepreneurship, Management , Economics History and operational models

Course structure

  • Entrepreneur: history and peculiarities
  • Leadership
  • Enterprises: marketing and competition
  • Organisation: historical overview of organisational doctrines
  • Strategy
  • Structure
  • Delegation
  • “Network-Enterprise” model
  • The complex nature of the network enterprise
  • Innovation and service provision in the network enterprise
  • Production: from Fordism to Toyotism
  • The Toyota spirit
  • Strategies for the network-enterprise
  • Ethics and social values in the network-enterprise
  • The enterprise spirit and corporate culture in the network-enterprise
  • Enterprise networks and industrial districts

Short description

Building on a historical analysis of the world of organisations and the theories that have influenced their development, the course provides an insightful description of the current complexity of the concept of network-enterprise, offering definitions that are frequently innovative and conducting an extensive investigation on its functioning and the connotations of this concept. The evolution of production systems in the transition from the Tayloristic organisational model to systems that adopt the Japanese lean production models is critically assessed; in addition, attention focuses on the strategies that influence the management of the network-enterprise, highlighting the ethical and cultural implications that point to a rediscovery of the enterprise spirit. From an external perspective, enterprise networks are also analysed as new phenomena that can characterise the life of small and medium sized production units and in the final part, course explores the concept of industrial districts, putting forward the innovative idea of a virtual industrial district.

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