Executive MBA

A SUCCESSFUL CHOICE

The Executive MBA (EMBA) is meant for managers and entrepreneurs seeking an experience that can transform their professional life, to develop their visioning and execution skills, necessary to chart the course of a valuable enterprise.

Through a path of professional and personal enrichment, those accepting this challenge will learn to deploy a leadership that can affect the entire company.

Thus, the business will benefit from the experience of a thorough manager, with top skills and highly motivated, able to lead the whole organization.

Those who decide to attend an Executive MBA are individuals who’d like “to make things happen”: they’re someone ready to face ever-changing scenarios, support international growth trajectories and manage problems with a collaborative mindset. An important commitment, one destined to become a milestone in every participant’s professional life, which will enable them not only to work at best within an organization, but to actually do business.

This EMBA is a demanding Master’s programme, but at the same time it can fit with participants’ work commitments, as the course features sessions held in the classroom (where academic rigour meets the experience of senior managers and consultants) and specifically focused material on the online platform. Participants’ knowledge about management issues gets consolidated during the core courses. The inspirational & motivational sessions and the electives help sharpen and improvespecialistic and relational skills. The bent for innovation and change is spurred with the development of a business plan.

By attending this Executive Master, one can access the School’s Business Network and the Alumni Community. Through the Emba Consortium, created in partnership with international Business Schools, participants will attend a Business Innovation programme in a country to be chosen among Brazil, China, Great Britain, India, USA, South Africa, Russia or Turkey.

If you’re experiencing these challenges today, why not making an appointment with the Head of the Master’s programme: together you might assess how the Executive MBA will impact your professional journey.

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PerTe Prestito Con Lode”, a long-term and low-interest honor loan, with no collateral required to cover the full amount of the tuition fee.

 


Andrea Lipparini

Andrea Lipparini

Director of Studies
andrea.lipparini@unibo.it

" Emba is an important experience for the participants, destined to ‘remain’ in the portfolio of significant projects. It is a resource which refines skills, a visible footprint in their professional and personal path. It is a path which is taken individually, with tenacity and determination, all the while letting them count on the School and its lecturers for support. An example? The direct telephone line, new for this edition, between the participants and the Director of Studies. "

Andrea Lipparini

Davide Corradi

Executive Director
corradi.davide@bcg.com

" This program has an ambitious goal: bringing forward leadership talents and sharpening the managerial skills of those looking to make their career in a company or develop their very own business enterprise. "

Class profiles of the previous three editions

Age

Professional background

Professional sector

  • 39

    AVERAGE AGE

  • 12 years

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Alumni

Giulia Cristofori

Marketing & Business Development Director, Simex
EMBA (Ed. 2014/16)

"Every day we must take decisions. Nowadays, challenges are in a global, complex and interconnected market. We have to be very flexible, far-sighted and very reactive and, in order to be effective, we inevitably must be very well prepared."

Matteo Campanati

Marketing & Sales Manager, Endura
EMBA (Ed. 2014/16)

"I decided to participate in the Executive MBA because we need to be prepared to seize tomorrow's professional opportunities. The program of the Bologna Business School is comprehensive and the faculty highly professional. I received my degree from the University of Bologna and I was certain about the educational quality."

Federica Fistarollo

Legal & Compliance, SATEC
EMBA (Ed. 2013/15)

"Thanks to the EMBA I’m working to establish a firm. The Master's helped me to interact with different professional figures and to shape my own overall vision of how a business works"

Fabio Benincampi

Logistics Director, Ducati Motor Holding
EMBA (Ed. 2013/15)

"I chose the EMBA to enrich my cultural background with new skills, the ones that today are increasingly essential for companies. This Master could be the key to remaining competitive in today’s fast-paced and ever changing environment."

Roberto Donato

PLC Owner, Tetra Pak
EMBA (Ed. 2012/14)

"A couple of years ago I decided to explore the theme of business management and with the EMBA my expectations were fulfilled. I gained skills and tools which allowed me to expand my technical background and acquire ‘vision’ to compete effectively. What’s more I had the privilege to go head to head with stimulating minds and create meaningful relationships with people of value, both from a professional, as well as human, point of view."

Elena Zaccanti

Presidente, Zaccanti
EMBA (Ed. 2010/12)

"Born and raised in the family business, when I became President I felt an urgency to acquire new and sophisticated tools that would allow me to better address the challenges and responsibilities my role entails. Halfway through my experience, I can say that my commitment has been paid in full"

Giacomo Gollinucci

CEO, Gollinucci
EMBA (Ed. 2009/11)

"The EMBA has given me with new insights, new methods of problem-solving, and new approaches to analyze opportunities I'm implementing, with quite interesting results."

Paolo Longobardi

Senior Partner, Praxi
Emba (Ed. 2003/05)

"It is stimulating to sit down in a classroom full of people who are highly demanding with themselves. This forces you to assess your limits, to jump higher, to run faster: you have to learn to do your best."

Networking

The EMBA is a Master made up ​​of people, it is a place to create formal and informal opportunities to discuss and exchange ideas and experiences among participants. Networking happens naturally between students in a class, between participants and teachers, and among students from other courses or previous editions of the same Master. This in turn generates a network of relationships that are critical to your business which begins to grow during the Master and continues well after the end of the journey.

The Management Committee of  the Executive MBA is composed by:

• Anna Maria Artoni, CEO, Artoni • Congiu, Chief Human Resources Officer, MSC Cruises • Davide Corradi, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group • Ugo Di Francesco, Group CEO, Chiesi Farmaceutici • Claudio Colombi, HR Director, Coesia Group • Massimo Ghedini, CEO, A. Manzoni & C. • Marco Panara, Editorial Manager Affari&Finanza, La Repubblica • Patrizia Ravaioli, General Manager, Croce Rossa Italiana • Alessio Rossi, Vice President, Interactive Marketing & E-Business Lancôme USA • Riccardo Rossini, Partner, Egon Zehnder International • Tiziano Toschi, Senior Vice President Global R&D Food Preparation, Electrolux.

COMPANIES

Many companies choose EMBA as a tool for the optimization of their key resources.

In recent editions the following companies have been partners of the EMBA at Bologna Business School:

Abb Energy Automatic Abbott Aeroporto G. Marconi Agip Allianz A.Manzoni & c.Aprilia Automobili Lamborghini Autostrade Barilla BASF Beghelli Benetton Bologna Fiere Bonfiglioli Riduttori Bosch Boscolo Hotels Brevini Power Transmission Cable&Wireless Camst Cattolica Assicurazioni Chiesi Farmaceutici Chloride CNH Italia Comer Industries Conad Confindustria Emilia-Romagna Crif Danieli Datalogic Deloitte Ducati Motor Holding Elcam Medical Italy Electrolux Eli Lilly Emerson Enel Eridania Fater FE.A.SA Ferrari Ferretti Group Freescale Semiconductor Furla G.D – Gruppo Coesia General Electric GLEM GAS Granarolo Gruppo Ceramiche Ricchetti Gruppo Maccaferri Gucci Hera H3G IConsulting Ima Imab Group Indesit Inps Iren Iris Ceramiche Italcab Gruppo FS Kale Italia KPMG Lavazza Limoni Lombardini Marazzi Maserati MDM Group Meridiana Montenegro Motori Minarelli Nike Nokia Siemens Network Oracle Italia Panaria Group Pedini Piaggio Poste Italiane Praxi Opocrin Oracle Italia Orienta Partners Rosetti Marino Sacmi Scm Seat Pagine Gialle Sisal Sorin Biomedica STMicroelectronics Technogym Tetra Pak Teuco UniCredit Banca Unipol Gruppo Finanziario United Airlines Yoox Vivisol Volvo Auto Italia


Community

Once the Master is completed, it is possible to participate in the Community’s efforts to further expand the network. The Executive Alumni Initiative (EAI) offers all professionals, managers and entrepreneurs who have completed an Executive Master at the Bologna Business School the opportunity to stay up to date on critical themes of corporate governance, to continue to expand professional networks, and to collect contributions and ideas from major players in the world of economy and culture. The EAI is divided into a series of activities, from a one day seminar to the experimental course, from social and sport events to services offered on the web platform. All of this is conceived and designed by a group of alumni eager to bring vitality to an initiative that involves the Alma Alumni BBS community year after year. In addition, there will be regular meetings (speed dates) with head hunters, managers and entrepreneurs interested in meeting the Alumni of the School to discuss and obtain information relevant to their professional development path/career.

International Week

In 2011, the school created “the EMBA Consortium for Global Business Innovation” along with the international business schools Coppead of Rio de Janeiro, Chapman of Miami, and Mirbis of Moscow to create a course in business innovation across countries.

The Consortium is expanding steadily and the business schools that currently participate are:

Bologna Business School, Bologna – Chapman Graduate School of Business, Miami – Moscow International Higher Business School, Moscow – Coppead Graduate School of Business, Rio de Janeiro – Chongqing University Business School, Chongqing – Sabanci School of Management, Istanbul – University of Stellenbosch Business School, Cape Town – Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield – Lucas Graduate School of Business, San José – Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad – Ahmedabad.

Alma Business School EMBA participants take part each session in a one week full-time course reserved for the executives of the partner schools, in one of the consortium countries. The program focuses on issues in global business innovation, explored in different geographical locations and in different industries or sectors, in which each business school specializes. Each participant may choose, subject to the availability of each school, his or her preferred destination.

It is an opportunity for those who want to explore both mature and emerging markets and evaluate opportunities for improvement to create value for their business. Participants have the opportunity to become part of a community of executives at the international level, establishing valuable relationships for the development of their business.

SCHOOLS IN THE EMBA CONSORTIUM

Chapman Graduate School of Business
Florida International University – USA

Coppead Graduate School of Business
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

Cranfield School of Management
Cranfield University – Great Britain

IIMA
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad – India

Mirbis
Moscow International Higher Business School – Russia

School of Economics and Business Administration
Chongqing University – China

Sabanci School of Management
Sabanci University – Turkey

SJSU
Lucas Graduate School of Business – United States

USB
University of Stellenbosch Business School – South Africa

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Structure

The EMBA lasts 15 months for a total of 44 classroom days articulated in 22 2-day long classes (Friday and Saturday). The didactic program is diversified in structure: 10 core courses focus on the main managerial principles, which also require distance learning online. Along with this, there is a broad series of cross-cutting activities that aim to improve skills and personal competencies.

CORE COURSES
The fundamental skills are taught by way of 10 courses which consolidate basic knowledge of managerial disciplines. All EMBA courses are either scheduled into weekly modules or else intensive sessions given periodically during the course of the Master. Each course is characterized by didactic lessons in the classroom, individual or group study, learning on the School’s e-learning platform, and a final exam.

INSPIRATIONAL & MOTIVATIONAL SESSIONS
Intensive discussion groups of one or more sessions on current themes in business, from highly specialized skills to networking abilities. Activities that offer stimulation for growth and complete the development path of participants: meetings with protagonists of the day, contributions from alumni, scenario analysis, anecdotes from training.

ELECTIVES
Electives allow participants to explore new topics or expand subjects covered during the core corses. Participants can choose between three options and attend the ones of their interest.

PROJECT WORK
Project work confronts problematic aspects of a company in innovative ways as well as the design of business initiatives, leveraging management techniques obtained in the Master. The projects are presented during the final class and are evaluated by a committee composed of directors, faculty members, and entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. In previous editions of the Master some project work gave rise to new ventures or business investments.

INTERNATIONAL WEEK
An intensive experience abroad, in contact with managers and entrepreneurs, in a BBS partner business school in Brazil, China, Great Britain, Russia, South Africa, the United States or Turkey. The program focuses on issues in global business innovation, explored in different geographical locations and in different industries or sectors, in which each business school specializes. Each participant may choose, subject to the availability of each school, his or her preferred destination. For more information: http://embaconsortium.org/

COURSES

CORE COURSE - The objective of the course is the acquisition of a basic understanding typical contracts that cover the activities of businesses, looking closely at the modalities of negotiations between parties. The course will analyze concepts in commercial law and also touch on the different backgrounds of civil and common law as well as a sampling of international contracts, in particular those concerning intellectual property rights protection.

WORKSHOP - In a company the number of people who take on responsibilities and make decisions is far greater than its organigram depicts. An accurate understanding of decision-making mechanisms and the development of the ability to enforce the principles of the company are a key part of pursuing business objectives. Through individual and group exercises, the course makes participants more aware of their skill sets for negotiating with counterparts, in order to more effectively pursue defined objectives consistent with the mission of the company, based on shared values and well communicated.

WORKSHOP - Companies needs to build their own identities which establish distinction and recognition from the outside world and a shared personality internally. Elements of visual identity, business climate, identity traits both rational and emotive/passionate must be communicated in the most effective way, ensuring consistency with overall corporate strategies and with perceptions of the different audiences to whom they are addressed. The workshop is divided into four monographic sessions designed to address—from several points of view—the theme of indentifying the most effective methods of integrated communications for a business, also analyzing case studies of success and failure.

CORE COURSE - Corporate finance is one of the areas closest to the strategic management of a company. It comes into play in investment and financing decisionmaking and in extraordinary operations. The course provides the basic theoretical and methodological tools necessary to evaluate investment decisions, determine company capital costs, optimize the choice of financial structures, evaluate companies, operation of companies, how the principle tools to aquire risk capital work, the detection of the main areas for corporate governance and its implications vis-à-vis the company’s objectives, the main financial risks and the derivatives used to cover them.

CROSS SESSION - An opportunity to meet face to face with personalities from the worlds of business and culture who have achieved excellence in their respective fields, to learn about their growth path and the challenges they have faced. In the past, speakers have included: Gherardo Colombo, former Magistrate; Giuseppe Cucchi, General; Mike O'Leary, Ryanair CEO; Milena Gabanelli, RAI journalist. The program will be enhanced further through the proposals and contributions from the community of participants, as in the past editions of the Master program.

CORE COURSE - The strategic and operational elements that distinguish new enterprise creation: the articulation of the business concept, the business model, defining the organizational structure, research and the collection of financial resources, and the development of a business plan. The goal is to expose participants to an orientation to entrepreneurship, ways to develop personal skills and to provide them with the conceptual and practical steps to launch a start-up or create a business from within a corporate context, a spin-off/corporate venturing, through a combination of lectures, group work, sharing of practices, discussion of case studies and testimonials from successful entrepreneurs. The course is intended to support participants in the preparation of project work.  

CROSS SESSION - By now the classic distinction between national and international companies is obsolete. With very few exceptions, markets have become global. Operating on a global scale requires knowledge and skills to interpret the principle processes at the international level, and analytical tools that allow us to understand the relationship between politics and economics. The sessions aim to analyze possible future global trends with some elements of military strategy.

CORE COURSE - The tools for strategic analysis. Strategy and value creation. Industry analysis and competitive advantage. Analysis of competitors and an enlarged competition model. Resources and skills as essential ingredients of the strategy. The nature and sources of competitive advantage. The strategy of cost leadership and differentiation. Competitive advantage in different market conditions. Value chain and cost analysis. The production system and the value system. Technology and innovation management. Competitive advantage in mature industries.

CORE COURSE - The power to choose, motivate and lead people is one of the key skills required to "make things happen" in business. This course aims to develop self awareness among participants about their leadership styles through experiential learning. Sessions will alternate among completion of tasks, behavioral self awareness, and interaction with professionals and managers who have guided companies and organizations to excellence.

CROSS SESSION - The world we live in is an interconnected one in which something that happens thousands of miles away can affect markets at home and those in the rest of the world. The global market offers enormous opportunities to managers but also exposes them to a greater number of risks and challenges. The sessions aim to discuss the GBE in which companies operate and in which managers find themselves making their own strategic decisions, analyzing in particular the impact and the effects of trade and capital flows at the international level.

CORE COURSE - An effective marking strategy requires in depth knowledge of the competitive arena and of mechanisms that regulate perceptions of value for the client. This entails understanding the logic that governs purchasing and development processes of the target markets. The course delves into processes linked to the drafting of strategic marketing plans and their implementation in different contexts. Market orientation; segmentation and positioning; product development; strategic pricing and management of distribution policies.

CORE COURSE - The process of creating value in an operating system. The definition of the structural characteristics of an operations system. The expanded production system and company boundary setting. Vertical integration and decentralization.The management of flows of materials, stocks, and warehouses. Procurement processes for productive activities. The politics of supplying and the coordination of the supply system. Partnerships with vendors and networks of vendors. The internationalization of manufacturing.The role of the operations system within the company's strategy.

CORE COURSE - The course covers the principles of human capital management aimed at achieving and maintaining high performance. Themes related to the behaviors and techniques employed by successful organizations will be explored in terms of how they deal with an array of individuals and individual motivations keeping in line with the strategy and the objectives defined by the company. The course will enable participants to understand the abilities/skills required to manage people in a company, communicate effectively, and obtain the necessary commitment to meet objectives.  

CORE COURSE - The use of economic and financial information to manage competitive advantage. Models for the analysis of economic and financial performance. Parameters for the valuation of the profitability of a company. Financial sustainability for the tax performance of a company. Strategic sustainability of a company’s performance. Economic and financial benchmarking. Budget analysis for the management of vendor client relations. Strategic control systems and performance monitoring (Balanced Scorecard). Simulation techniques for economic and financial performance. Performance management.

WORKSHOP - In manufacturing companies, the service component is growing. Service management has therefore quickly acquired a new relevancy: in any business it is necessary to analyze the relationship with customers, measure their satisfaction, carefully design the components of the service, and predict the purchasing behavior of the consumer. Moreover, service is "live" and “direct” just like the way we communicate, management and leadership. To design, implement and manage activities in a direct way there is only one solution: people first. The workshop covers the evolution of service management, touching on specific aspects including customer satisfaction and quality systems.

WORKSHOP - In executive the education program Team Building may appear, at first glance, as an activity to be taken for granted. In fact, for participants it is a different experience each time that allows each individual to review his or her methods of integration and collaboration, from problem solving to the formation and consolidation of trust and mutual respect. Positioned at the launch of the master, the workshop is also an important opportunity to hasten bonds of understanding among participants.

Learning method

EMBA provides a variety of teaching methods: classroom lectures, study via online platform (learning materials, exercises and interaction on the forum), mentoring from a distance with comments on participants’ activities, responses to queries and analysis of relevant themes.

HOW WE LEARN
The Executive MBA combines different learning situations: from traditional classroom group work to the development of project work, from the ad hoc study of material during informal moments of socialization to forums for discussion and dialog.

WHERE COURSES ARE HELD
The Master courses are held in two different places: one is physical, at Villa Guastavillani, home to the Bologna Business School in Bologna, and one that is virtual, the e-learning platform.

WITH WHOM DO WE LEARN
The opportunity to bring into play their own experiences, listen to the testimonies of the protagonists of the business world, explore in depth the themes covered by the e-learning platform tools, are all part of the qualified learning community who are the key value of the Executive MBA.

HOW COURSES WORK
Courses allow participants to study a single subject area, ensuring an effective path to progress. All EMBA courses follow a linear path and are divided into weekly modules or else into intensive regular meetings developed ad hoc throughout the duration of the Master. A course typically spans 6-8 weeks and begins with a half day of classroom teaching. Learning continues on the e-learning platform, which is constantly monitored by the tutor of the course, with insights on the exercises performed, case studies, and other activities. Halfway through the course there are two or more classroom days during which participants review and explore in greater depth themes developed through presentations, testimonies, simulations and interactive activities. After the “residential” there is additional study on the e-learning platform. The course ends with a half day in the classroom, during which participants take a final test to verify the level of learning achieved. The Leadership and Entrepreneurship courses are structured differently: a series of classroom sessions of one half day each, together with in depth study on the web. These two courses are held in conjunction with other courses in the program and also finish with a final test. Courses end in February 2016 to allow participants to devote time and attention to the development of project work.

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FEES

The tuition fee for the Master is 26,200 euro (+ VAT) to be paid in two installments:

  • First installment: 10,300 euro at enrollment
  • Second installment: the balance by April 17, 2017

Reduced rates are available for registrations completed by September 30, 2016, and special rates for companies participating in the School of Business Network The fee includes participation in theMaster, all the study material available through the online platform, and access to the AIDA database on company financial statements, which is useful for study and project work. The fee also includes access to the Alma Bologna Business School such as: personal account for the BBS wi-fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the internal gym. In addition, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of the supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation. Free parking is also available within the grounds of the School.

HONOR LOAN

Thanks to the agreement between Bologna Business School and Intesa Sanpaolo, participants are eligible to apply for “PerTe Prestito Con Lode”,  a long-term and low-interest honor loan.

Main characteristics:

  • Loan amount equal to the enrollment fee
  • Reduced interest rate
  • No collateral required
  • Repayable in 10 years
  • Without early closing fees

SCHOLARSHIPS

There are some partial individual scholarships for women.

REQUIREMENTS

The master is designed for professionals or senior managers, who have at least 5 years of experience and hold a degree.

A quota of applicants who do not hold a three year degree can be admitted, up to 10% of registered students.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The selection process is carried out by analyzing the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae and an individual interview aimed at identifying the professional profile of the candidate and consistency with regard to participation in the Master.

To gain access to the selections for the Master, download and fill out the “Presentation Form” and send it to Francesca Zuffi, Head of Executive MBA’s.

Candidates are contacted to arrange an interview with the directors of the Master.

FAQs

The selection interview is necessary but not binding. If necessary, a second meeting can be held to provide further clarification.
There is a rolling selection process which finishes with the end of registration.
The majority of participants have degrees. A quota of applicants who do not hold a three year degree and with a minimum 8 years of professional experience can be admitted, up to 10%.
The program manager can provide attendance certificates at the end of each lesson to those who require it.

Faculty

Faculty members at Bologna Business School work together offering outstanding teaching standards. An international and interdisciplinary approach is guaranteed by a joint team of distinguished national core professors, adjunct, visiting professors, guest speakers and top managers.

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