ITALY Associate Professor of Applied Economics University of Ferrara Visiting Faculty
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Giorgio Prodi is an associate professor in applied economics at the University of Ferrara, Department of Economics and Management. In BBS he is Director of Asia and Pacific relations and Director of the MBA Hybrid in English. He graduated from the University of Bologna in Economics and then obtained a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has a PhD in Economics and Institutions from Bologna University. He spent one of his three years of his doctorate program as a visiting student at Harvard University. He teaches industrial economics, game theory for business strategy and Chinese economy. His research activities can be divided into 2 macro areas: the study of structural changes in the manufacturing sectors and the Chinese economy with particular focus on the impact it has on Italian companies. On these topics he has published articles in international journals such as the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Evolutionary Economy, Scientific Reports, international Review of Economics and Finance. In addition to research, he carries out consultancy activities and he is a member of the Board of Directors of some manufacturing companies. He is a partner and member of the board of TWAI (Turin World Affairs Institute) and of the GEI (Gruppo Economisti d’Impresa).


This course describes the EU and Far East industrial structures and underlines the main opportunities they are offering today as far as industrial investments are concerned. European investments in Asia and Asian Investments in Europe will be deeply analyzed emphasizing opportunities and difficulties.

This cycle of seminars constitutes a unique occasion for the MBA students to meet and interact with key leaders of the global economic, social and political scene. These series of lectures, especially designed for the MBA class, reflects the main goal of the Program, which is to link theories and practice.

Developing international markets for Italian companies assumes a working knowledge of the practices of international trade and the main standards that apply. In this course we will discuss business strategies in light of the competitive and regulatory context, with particular reference to Global and Emerging Markets.

Business Management – Global and Emerging Markets

In this course we will focus on how changes in geopolitical and geoeconomical equilibria may change business strategies. Trilateral relations between Europe, US and China will be the core of our analysis whit a special focus on the role that China is playing on international markets.

Students will be asked to read and discuss papers, book chapters and journal articles.

Hybrid MBA English edition