Italy Full Professor of Economics and Business Administration University of Bologna Core Faculty
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Alessandro Grandi is a Full Professor of Economics and Business Administration at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bologna, where he is President of the degree program in Managerial Engineering. His research and professional activities mainly concern the organizing and managing of the processes of technical innovation, strategies and politics in the high-tech sector. He is a board member of Alma Mater, CRIT Research, Consorzio Alma-Cube and is the scientific manager of the area of Industrial Policy and Local Development of Nomisma. He has collaborated as a consultant with industrial enterprises and services on the theme of corporate organization. He was a visiting scholar at the New York University.  


The course teaches how  to formulate a plan to launch a new business, whether it is a start-up or a new business branch. Students will be guided in the formulation of a business plan, working in small groups and having the opportunity to use all the management’s tools to create a concrete project. The course aim is to understand and define goals and targets of business plans, designing their structure and content, guiding the writing and critical evaluation of the plan and the attached documents.

Strategic, organizational and managerial aspects relevant to the development of innovation. Developing new products including an in-depth overview of the importance and role of R&D. Managing projects related to new products. Developing products and optimizing final performances in terms of quality, time and cost.

CORE COURSE - The course aims to provide participants the knowledge and instruments related to organization and management of projects, with a particular focus on innovation projects. The subjects analyzed include project planning and control (timing, costs, and technical progress); project organization, the role of project manager and the management of the team; risk management; and management of a project portfolio.

This course develops a foundation of concepts and solutions that supports the planning, scheduling, controlling, resource allocation, and performance measurement activities required for successful completion of a project. Provides training and experience with project management tools and techniques, including work breakdown structures, network diagrams, risk management, earned value management, and other tools.

The course also addresses the main organizational issues in managing projects and leading project teams. It is fully aligned with Project Management Institute (PMI) standards.