Junior Assistant Professor of Business and Management Engineering University of Bologna Core Faculty
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Sara Zanni is Junior Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna and member of the Bologna Business School Centre for Sustainability and Climate Change. Experience as practitioner in the field of sustainability measurement at company’s and industrial ecosystems’ level, evaluation the life cycle of products and processes, environmental risk assessment and decontamination of environmental matrices. She completed her PhD in Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering at the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM), University of Bologna in 2017 on testing and validation of innovative biotechnologies for environmental remediation. She was Climate Kic Pioneer in 2015. She is currently Junior Assistant Professor at the Department of Management, University of Bologna, involved in several research projects at national and international level, such as “Flagship Reindustrialise”, financed by EU Commission through the EIT Climate-KIC, and the Observatory “Sustainability Measurement and Management Laboratory (SuMM Lab)”. She has published several scientific articles on international peer reviewed journals and participated in many international conferences. She holds courses and seminars on Business Sustainability, sustainability measurement and Life Cycle Assessment at undergraduate and executive level at the University of Bologna, Bologna Business School and other research entities at national and international level.


Every year our society uses the resources that the planet Earth takes about a year and a half to regenerate. This and other empirical evidence of global significance bring the theme of sustainability to the center of the economic, political and social debate. Recent studies show that a sustainability-oriented management approach adopted by some companies leads to a medium-long term competitive advantage over competitors, a success achieved thanks to the ability to innovate the business model and introduce measurement tools to monitor and better manage the value creation process. The course aims to launch a debate on how to introduce sustainability policies and practices within companies.

Hybrid MBA

More and more people maintain that it is society’s needs, not just economic ones, which drive markets. The goal of this course is to transfer the concept that a company managed in a sustainable manner, i.e. that integrates elements of a social and environmental nature in the management of the business, will be more effective in the long run in creating value for itself and its surrounding context.

MBA Part-Time (Weekend)

Over the last decade sustainability, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder management practices have become paramount for companies as well as for the society at large. Although most companies have developed sustainability programs over the years, as they’re cutting carbon emissions, reducing waste, and otherwise enhancing operational efficiency, we are witnessing a mishmash of sustainability tactics that does not add up to a sustainable strategy. To endure, a sustainable strategy has to cope with the competing – and apparently divergent – interests of all stakeholders: investors, employees, customers, governments, NGOs, and society.

In this context corporate Performance Measurement Systems (PMS) play a key role as they help companies to formalize and implement their sustainable strategies as well as to proactively identify new trajectories that help companies to appropriately reconcile the trade-offs between different stakeholders’ wants and needs.


Sustainability Transition Management
Sustainability Transition Management (Part-time)

Corporate sustainability and the circular economy are currently among the most discussed topics internationally, also due to climate change. The aim of the course is to understand why these issues are of such importance, underlining their urgency. We will learn more about the innovation activities of operational and system processes that companies adopt to implement strategies aimed at the Circulary Economy and the transition to a low carbon business model.

Gestione d’Impresa – Made in Italy
Gestione d’Impresa – Food & Wine
Gestione d’Impresa – Retail Management and E-Commerce
Finance, Control and Auditing
Business Management – Asian Markets
Gestione d’Impresa – Green Management and Sustainable Businesses
Wealth Management- Asset Management
Business Management – Tourism, Heritage and Events
Business Management – Life Science and MedTech
Gestione d’Impresa – Social and Cooperative Business