Full Professor of Business Administration and Accounting Studies University of Bologna Core Faculty
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Riccardo Silvi is Professor of Management Accounting at the School of Economics, Management and Statistics – Forlì campus, of the University of Bologna, and member of the Department of Management studies of the same University. He is Core Faculty at the Bologna University Business School where is Academic Director of the Executive MBA English Edition. At these schools he teaches Performance Measurement Systems, Financial Analysis, Cost Management, and Business Performance Analytics. His research interests focus on Management Accounting (design of management control systems, performance measurement systems, strategic accounting), Analytical Business Performance Management, Digital Accounting and Transformation, Cost Accounting and Strategic Cost and Value Management. Riccardo Silvi is lecturer at the University of St. Gallen and affiliated researcher at CEPRA – Center for performance Research & Analytics at the University of Augsburg, Germany. He has been visiting professor in several international institutions including the Georg-August University in Gottingen, Babson College, University of Sydney and at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management of Sydney. He was co-director with Prof. Peter Hines of the Lean Management Accounting research program at the Lean Enterprise Research Center of the Cardiff Business School. Riccardo’s work has been published in numerous academic journals and books including. He has assisted many leading Italian companies in strategic cost and value management programmes and in the implementation of strategic control systems to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their organisation activities.


CORE COURSE – The course aims to provide the basic skills necessary to: understand the economic-financial aspects of management; analyze the economic-financial performance of a company; utilize cost information to analyze efficiency and efficacy of company processes; manage costs during the project phases; and understand the role of budgeting control as a guiding operational mechanism for complex organizations.

Technology and Innovation

Performance Management system course covers 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.

Executive MBA

The course is designed in order to give the participants the tools to carry out their final project work. Participants will be divided into groups.

With a data driven approach, at the end of this module, participants should be able to identify a business idea, to turn it into a business opportunity, presenting a value proposition, eventually creating the adequate business model to meet both business and organizational needs.

Specifically, starting from the definition of success, the course aims at providing the knowledge for enabling the appropriate management strategy to define deliverables and planning activities, foreseeing the resources needed to achieve project objectives.

Executive MBA English edition

This course provides the relevant knowledge for comprehending and managing a business financial performance. Specifically, it focuses on the measuring and understanding of financial and value creation ratio, on cost analysis for business decision making on performance measurement systems for supporting implementation and monitoring of business strategy. The course finally provides an analytical perspective of business analysis.

Executive MBA English edition

The workshop aims to illustrate the main tools used for the analysis of a company’s financial statements by way of reclassified ones and indexes.

MBA Evening

Accounting principles, consolidated statements and cost accounting. Context and relevance of auditing in company management. The analysis of economic-financial performance of a company. Economic-financial forecasts and budgeting. The use of budget analysis to understand competitive dynamics and to manage company-client-supplier relations. The calculation and analysis of costs in decisions and for management audit. Strategic audit systems and strategic cost management.

MBA Weekend

Performance is the core concept of the automotive and superbikes industry. Performances are strictly connected not only to competitions, but also to the series production, where performances represent one of the main characteristics of the products.

The course analyses the concept of performance and focus on different methodologies for measuring and managing a performance in all the process that characterizes the industry of supercars and superbikes.

The main topics covered will be: economic and financial information for managing  a competitive benefit; models for the analysis of the economic and financial performance; parameters for the evaluation of company profitability; financial and strategic sustainability of the company performance.