Master's in Finance, Control and Auditing| University of Bologna

Marco Maria

Italy Associate Professor of Business Administration University of Bologna Core Faculty
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Marco Maria Mattei is Full Professor of Business Economics at the University of Bologna where he teaches international accounting standards and balance sheet analysis. He is the Scientific Director of the Master in Finance, Control and Control of the Bologna Business School. He obtained a PhD at the University of Pisa, discussing a thesis on the budget policies (earnings management) of Italian listed companies. He was Visiting PhD Student at the Management School & Economics of the University of Edinburgh and Visiting Scholar at the Rotterdam School of Management of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research interests mainly concern the determinants of the quality of financial information, earnings management and analysts’ earnings forecasting. He is registered in the Register of Statutory Auditors and qualified to practice as a Chartered Accountant. It carries out consultancy activities for corporate groups, including listed ones, and public bodies.


Accounting, budget and analysis of costs. The evaluation and interpretation of the economic–financial performance of the company. Economic-financial analysis forecast and budget. The calculation and analysis of the costs in decision making and for management control. Management control as an operative mechanism. Systems of control and strategic cost management.

Finance, Control and Auditing

This course aims at:

  1. helping students to further develop a thorough understanding of corporate external and internal reporting practices;
  2. providing students with tools to use financial statement information in analysing a firm’s performance and financial position;
  3. providing students with tools to use cost and segment information in operational and strategic decision making contexts.

On completion of the course, students should:

  1. be familiar with the technical terminology used in accounting;
  2. be able to asses a company’s financial and operating performance using its financial statements;
  3. be able to critically analyse a company’s financial report;
  4. understand the features and organizational implication of a company’s information and performance management system.
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