Italy Full Professor of Business Administration University of Bologna Adjunct
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Andrea Zanoni is Full Professor of Business Administration at the University of Bologna. He is interested in procurement policies and supply chain management. He was Department Director and President of the Degree Course. He founded and directed the CIEG – Centre of studies of the economic and Engineering Management. He has contributed to the foundation and launch of Profingest, now integrated in Bologna Business School. He is a member of AIDEA (Italian Academy of Business Administration) and AiIG (Italian Association of Management Engineering) for which he was president. He has experience as a consultant to public and private organizations and as a director in Technogym, Centro Ceramico, and Econag.


CORE COURSE – After developing the decisions of competitive positioning of the company, the process of value creation for customer and the identification of critical success factors that shall orientate the supply chain and operations decisions will be analysed, highlighting the existing relationships between them and business strategic choices. When dealing with the topic of the “enlarged operating system”, both the impact of purchases on competitiveness and the policies that can be implemented for the creation and management of a supply chain consistent with the pursued strategy will be highlighted.

  • The strategic positioning of the company and the identification of critical success factors
  • The alignment between business strategy and production system
  • Operations and Supply Chain as value generators
  • Production strategies and multi-location
  • The make or buy decisions: vertical integration or production decentralization
  • The supply chain strategy: orientation towards efficiency or responsiveness
  • The impact of new technologies: Industry 4.0.
Supply Chain and Operations

CORE COURSE – The course presents the characteristics of operations system and the main interactions between choices of planning and production structure. The most recent methodologies in terms of cost reduction, quality, and reliability are analyzed, together with the role of providers in the innovation process. Focus is placed on lean manufacturing, demonstrating how the approach, which began in production, is now relevant to the entire company, giving rise to the lean organization.

Technology and Innovation

Strategic management of the supply network represents one of the fundamental determinants of business competitiveness. The need to focus internal activities on a limited range of distinctive ‘core’ skills, combined with that of ever greater flexibility, enhance the importance that the supply chain has in supporting the pursuit of business objectives in the best possible way.
This course adopts a strategic perspective on supply chain management, through which it highlights and analyzes its relationship with business strategy. It examines the structure of the supply network and the different approaches that need to be taken in managing inter-organizational relationships. It deals with highly topical issues such as the management of supply risk and supply relationships in crisis situations, the choices of location of production and supply (offshoring-reshoring) and progress towards the digital supply chain.
The didactic modality of the course is centered on the constant connection between general models and their practical applications to real cases.

Executive MBA

The course focuses on issues related to the management of materials along the supply chain, from suppliers to distribution channels. In this regard, they have a vital role. Managerial and organizational decisions made about the relationships with external companies with which we relate to, are the focal point of the course. In analyzing the vertical relationships between firms, the course seeks to develop: sensitivity to the Strategic Importance of the reports, the technical and managerial knowledge needed to deal with the decisions in the matter and organizational skills needed to manage them.

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