Automation and Robotics

New automation and robotics technologies are quickly transforming the business world. Innovation is the keyword: software, automation, artificial intelligence are the keys to the near future in every business.

The research for professionals with technical and managerial skills to work in Automation has grown more than any other: the goal of the new Global MBA Automation and Robotics is to train experts who are able to meet this requirement.

The Global MBA Automation & Robotics trains top-level professionals with strong skills in process integration, robotics, data analytics and digital transformation. Experts who are able to manage the new and fast-changing industrial markets through a mix of academic and managerial skills.

The made in Italy know-how of leader companies, partners of BBS, is the core of an exciting training program that will provide technical preparation, managerial skills and strategic, financial and communication knowledge. The students will meet the most important companies that have already made automation and robotics the crucial factor for Italian international success.

The Global MBA Automation and Robotics is a 12-month full-time program, taught in English. It is divided into three cycles. The first cycle starts with the study of general management and management skills. In the second and third cycle, the students will participate in specialized courses (e.g., Machine Learning and Data Mining, People Management, Digital Business and Transformation), in business laboratories and in real case analysis. Then, 500 hours of internship in automation leader companies in Italy or abroad.

Become a key player in technological innovation: sign up for the Global MBA Automation and Robotics.

Programme Advisory Committee

  • Luca Cerati – Software Senior Manager, Coesia
  • Lucia Chierchia – Managing Partner, GELLIFY
  • Antonio Cibotti – Director of Marketing Strategies, Bucci Automation
  • Paolo Codeluppi – Comer
  • Paolo Cominetti – R&D Director, Bonfiglioli
  • Matteo Mingardi – Corporate Innovation & RD Manager, Pelliconi
  • Simone Nannetti – Marchesini
  • Gianlunca Nardone – Group Chief Human Resources Officer, SACMI
  • Paola Olivieri – Head of Business Development, Fameccanica
  • Francesco Possati – Managing Director Tecna Srl, Marposs
  • Federico Ratti – Group Technical Director, SCM
  • Dario Rea – Director of Corporate Research & Innovation, IMA
  • Enrico Rolih – Chief Technology Officer, Nadella



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Michele Poggipolini

Michele Poggipolini

Industry Leader

" The transformation, as well as the ongoing evolution, of the international market has totally changed the global industrial system in a profound and irreversible way, at an unprecedented pace. We are facing an epochal change, of both digital and ecological transformation, whose impact is now disruptive in all major sectors of the economy. I think of a sort of "new digital revolution" that is challenging the current strategies and business models of companies. I am honored to be, in this phase of major changes, the Industry Leader of the next Global MBA Automation & Robotics, an honor also for the company I represent. "


The Global MBA is a 12-month full-time program including 504 hours of class activities, 1260 hours of individual and group work and a 500-hour internship.

The academic portion is divided into three terms. During the first term students will study the fundamentals of general management, while the second and third term will focus on management skills and on the specific subjects of each track (please, find further information about the courses in the section ‘Courses’ below).

I Term: October 2022 – January 2023

  • “Ice-breaking” Weeks
  • General Management Courses: Corporate Finance, Corporate Strategy, Financial and Managerial Accounting, Global Macroeconomics, Business Ethics and Sustainability,

II Term – III Term: January 2023 – October 2023

  • Track Specific Courses: Business Transformation, Distributive Innovation System, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Automation and Robotics for Innovative Manufacturing, Managing Humans and Robots: Ethical and Legal Implications, LAB on Industrial Robotics.
  • General Management Courses: People Management, Marketing Management, Operations Management.
  • Management Skills Courses: Digital Business and Transformation, Geoeconomic and Geopolitical Analysis, Business Planning, Communicating Effectively Across Cultures, Elective Courses.

The three terms are followed by an internship period of 500 working hours. The internship can be carried out at various companies and agencies in Italy or abroad. The internship serves as an opportunity for students to put into practice the theory and techniques learned during the three academic terms. The internship will allow students to obtain hands-on experience by working on management strategies, analyzing business operations, and creating solutions to real problems. Students are encouraged to make the most of the internship opportunity and to learn from the professionals they will be working with.

At the end of the internship students will be required to submit a ‘Final Report’, which they will present to the Director of Studies showcasing their activities and analyzing the theories and lessons learned during the program.

Students who are interested can also choose to take an extracurricular course of Italian.


This course explores the ethical, social responsibility, and governance challenges facing businesses today and how individuals and firms can address those challenges. The course aims to enhance the skills and expertise of participants through combining an examination of ethical, social responsibility, corporate governance and managerial theory with a discussion of common ethical, sustainability, and corporate governance problems in context. Course material includes individual moral theory, stakeholder theory, theories of corporate governance, and the development of ethical organizational culture. The course also covers the development and evaluation of ethical, corporate governance and sustainability management systems designed to respond to ethical, governance, and sustainability challenges, and include wide-ranging discussions regarding current major trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field of ethical business, corporate governance and social responsibility. Finally, the course explores how business ethics, social responsibility, and corporate governance affect our society at large by impeding or fostering the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Wernicke Georg

The course, whose nature is predominantly applicative, aims to develop a practical orientation towards entrepreneurship, providing the strategic and operational tools for the creation of new ventures and their subsequent development.

Lectures and readings provide an introduction to the topics to be covered in a business plan:

  • business idea evaluation
  • market and industry analysis
  • product/service and intellectual property protection
  • business model and operations
  • financials in the new venture creation process
  • engaging investors
  • art of pitching
Fini Riccardo
Morais Righi Hèrica
Toschi Laura

This course explores conceptual frameworks, theories and fundamental skills required for identifying people’s thought, reasoning, communication and behavior in an international business setting.
Students will have the opportunity to apply Communication, Negotiation and Lateral Leadership models to different multicultural contexts through case studies, video tutorials and simulations.
This will enable students to critically evaluate the organizational structure of complex international organizations and to develop the skills to effectively manage intercultural and distant teams and understand international issues


The course provides a framework for understanding and analysing investment and financial decisions of corporations. Lectures and readings provide an introduction to present value techniques, capital budgeting, capital structure decisions, corporate cost of capital, initial and seasoned equity offerings and an introduction to corporate risk management.

Bajo Emanuele

The objective of this course is to provide BBS students a comprehensive introduction to strategy in today’s networked economy.

The course will cover three major topics:

  1. Classic Industry Based Strategy and Business Ecosystems Based Strategy – the former industry focused strategy and its evolution into the broader view of business ecosystems consisting of several industries;
  2. Emerging technologies – coming from fields as different as biotech, nanotech, robotics, artificial intelligence, they have the potential to change current industry boundaries and disrupt business models and leading firms;
  3. Scenario planning – preparing companies to deal with major uncertainties and different futures.
Nogueira Antonio Roberto Ramos

This course aims at enabling students to evaluate the likely impact of future IT innovations on their firm and industry. This requires a correct understanding of the key drivers of technology’s impact on the business ecosystem.
During the meeting will tackle the key IT domain that have the potential to transform firms’ actions and industries. We will touch topics such as: open source design, chatbot, bigdata, simulation, augmented reality, digital twins and robotics.
During this course, participants will be expected to engage in both the technical and the managerial dimensions of digital challenges.

Wolf Alon
  • Project Management (Prof. Matteo Vignoli)
  • Building Global business strategy in the wake of disruption (Prof. Mark Esposito)
  • Disruptive innovation (Prof. Jordi Diaz)
  • Why is Luxury so exciting? (Prof. Helen Chenesseau)

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.
Dal Maso

Doing business across borders is more complicated, dangerous and prone to near-instant change than any time since World War II and business leaders need help understanding how to adapt. The course will examine the economic and political forces that brought us to where we are today and look at the trends shaping the decade to come. The course will appraise the implications of these changes balanced between businesses, citizens, and public officials and help students understand how to work on our 196 country chessboard. The course will be enhanced by guest engagements with some of the globe’s leading analysts working at the intersection of markets and geopolitics.

Ross Alec

The course deals with monetary and macroeconomic relations between countries. Specifically, it covers topics such as the foreign exchange market, the causes and consequences of exchange rate movements, the implications of macroeconomic linkages between countries, costs and benefits of the European Monetary Union.

Marzo Massimiliano

Marketing activity is the core of operating business. It provides the managerial focus for interfacing with customers and the source of intelligence about customers, competitors, and general environment.
In order to make effective strategic decisions, managers must identify and measure consumers’ needs and wants, assess the competitive environment, select the most appropriate customer targets and then develop marketing programs that satisfy consumers’ needs better than the competition. Further, marketing focuses on the long-run relationship of a company to its customers as well as short-run
sales and profits.
The second part of the course focuses on the decisions that managers make and the tools that they use to support an effective marketing strategy. The attraction and retention of profitable customers must involve consideration of the product or service being offered, the way in which the product is sold and distributed, how pricing is set and structured, and how the value of the offering is communicated.

Montaguti Elisa

Operations management involves all the functions necessary to design, operate and improve the systems that create and deliver products and services. In this course, our focus will be on various production and operations functions, decisions and trade-offs that are necessary to create value for an organization. In order to reflect today’s work environment half of the course will be focusing on boundary spanning activities like supply chain management and sourcing as significant opportunities and challenges for operations management emerge from globalization.

Blome Constantin

This course’s central focus is the managing of the most valued organizational resource, “People.  Therefore it will address human behavior in organizations and those practices and systems within organizations that facilitate or potentially hinder effective behavior.

Conceptual frameworks, case discussions, and skill-oriented activities are utilized to effectively address each topic/issue.  Topics included in this course are:

  • motivation
  • communications
  • group dynamics
  • power/politics
  • conflict resolution
  • human resource development

Class sessions and assignments are structured and implemented to help students acquire the skills that managers and leaders need to improve performance and organizational relationships in a global setting.  “Managing people is learning to manage relationships”.

Gibaldi Carmine

The goal of this course is to present how to manage innovation projects. We will study the main techniques and practices with a special focus on innovation, research and development and entrepreneurial projects. We will address traditional, agile and extreme models. We will also emphasize the learning aspect of the project team, critical to the development of an innovation project.

The goal of this course is to set the basis and prepare the audience for this class to be effective leaders in a business landscape that involves data and analytics in different areas of management. The course will introduce a broad range of mathematical and statistical methods that are used to solve data problems. Participants will gain hands-on practice gathering and analyzing data sets and cases in dedicated lab sessions. The course is organized in three sub-sessions to set the bases of analytics into different key business areas: accounting, finance, and statistics for marketing. In the end, the student will have gain greater analytical and statistical skills for data analysis in the areas of cost management, financial analysis, and marketing analytics, and will be ready to face advance courses in each discipline. cs.

High flexibility, dynamic demand, increasing customization, high quality standards, small batches and short life cycle are the key factors of the Industry 4.0 era. Innovative flexible manufacturing and assembly systems (FMSs & FASs) need to match these factors joining productivity to versatility, quality to adaptability. In this context, high-speed manufacturing machines, robotic handling devices, automated guided systems (AGVs) and human operators are connected and they have to act synergically.

This course aims at exploring a coordinated panel of (1) design methods, (2) support strategies and (3) quantitative approaches to help the Industry 4.0 practitioners in the tactical and operative management of innovative production systems.

Bortolini Marco

Nowadays companies are constantly forced to align new technological opportunities and the way they create value. Digital platforms are reinterpreting the role of trust and its relevance to make an intermediary worth. Manufacturing companies are more and more extending their activities beyond the delivery and set up of their machines, adding key aftersales components. Automakers are pushed by new technologies to find significant revenues opportunities in software and not just hardware. System integration companies reap higher margins than robots producer by customizing tools and processes. In this course, we will analyze these trends and their impact on people, culture, and processes.

Barbieri Paolo

Great ideas become successful innovation combining several elements: new solutions, original knowledge, inspiration, complementary assets, sound management and a good dose of luck. The more complex the technological landscape becomes, the greater the need to engage multiple actors in this fascinating and complex process. In this course, we will explore why it is important to collaborate to innovate and what alternatives could be pursued. A set of managerial tools ranging from crowdsourcing to open innovation process will be presented and discussed in different industries and markets.

Chierchia Lucia

This LAB will bring you in a learning factory environment. Thanks to the collaboration with the Big Data Innovation & Research Excellence (BI-REX) Consortium, the LAB explores an advanced production system made of modern additive manufacturing machines, robotic handling devices and a fully automated handling and storage systems. Design and management strategies are experienced focusing on their impact on the long-term performances and daily operations from a what-if multi-scenario and learning by doing perspective.

Regattieri Alberto

This course aims at providing students with a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations, the computational properties and the uses of some of the most common supervised and unsupervised learning techniques as well as of the principles and the main use cases of the data mining algorithms. At the end of the course, students will be able to set classification, clustering and rule discovery problems, using modern machine learning methods and libraries. Moreover, they will be able to understand and apply a wide set of analysis algorithms to extract from large datasets useful relationships. The students can also design a process of data selection, transformation, analysis and interpretation to support strategic decisions.

Moro Gianluca

The simultaneous presence of Humans and Robots in the production chain creates management, ethical and legal issues. This course aims, on the one hand, to trace the legislation already introduced in some national and supranational systems, and on the other hand, to verify case law. Experts from the most renown hi-tech companies will be involved in the course by describing some of the most innovative practices, while keeping into consideration concrete policy proposals. Among other areas, after a definition of AI and robotics with a particular focus on their technical profiles, the course aims to verify the ethical implications and the relationship between the humans and the robots, taking into consideration also the organizational limits and responsibilities. We will also analyze the implications of the use AI and robotics in the fight against discrimination and diversity, potentially at risk, following the sharing of sensitive data. The government of data, including personal and sensitive ones, requires us to draw particular attention to the study of the regulations for the protection of privacy and intellectual property. Cases of interest and application models will also be discussed in the field of public law. First of all, we will discuss on who the use of AI can shape the meaning and orientation of public consent, but also the determination of public policies. Particular attention will then be given to the regulation of applications and robotics, starting from the models already being tested.


Learning approach

The main aim of our teaching staff is to first lay down a solid foundation of theory and then to build on this foundation by introducing more practical aspects. This method will enable our students to confidently enter the work environment of the industry, ready to manage a variety of scenarios.

The teaching staff will help you develop your understanding of these concepts and techniques through the use of lectures and seminars; group projects and company visits; guest speakers and case studies; videos and presentations; as well as individual assignments and assisted private studying.

The courses are structured to give the maximum freedom to learn to the students and allow the professors to teach and assess the students in the best way possible. Assessments can take the form of individual/group presentations, projects, oral and written exams as well as, of course, class participation.


Faculty members at Bologna Business School work together offering outstanding teaching standards. An international and interdisciplinary approach is guaranteed by a joint team of distinguished national core professors, adjunct, visiting professors, guest speakers and top managers.

GLOBAL MBA CLASS - a.a. 2020/2021




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  • 8 years



The goal of the Career Service, coordinated by Andrea Zani (Head of Career Service), with the support of Alessandro Bonfiglioli (Executive Career Development Advisor), is to provide the tools and resources to gain access to the labor market and find an internship. The aim is also to support the businesses of our territory, and not limited to it, to select talents to employ; talents from all over the world, who come to Bologna to immerse themselves in the culture and the excellence of Made in Italy.

The Career Service Team supports the students in their journey made of learning and professional development, through a series of seminars, with the aim of providing the necessary tools and resources to gain access to leadership positions in the labor market. Furthermore, thanks to professional career counselors and a process to identify one’s own “Strengths” (Point Positive Assessment) developed in collaboration with Essentic, students are supported by way of a customized service to establish a professional development plan, which will help them achieve their goals in their search for an internship.

The process is carried out through the following steps:

  • CV and Cover Letter Writing
  • Creating and effective LinkedIn profile
  • How to crack the job interview
  • Initial orientation meetings
  • Career Coaching with industry experts
  • Mock Interviews with specialized Head Hunters
  • Continuous support to students through 1:1 sessions

Andrea Zani

Andrea Zani

Head of Career Service

“In the past few years, the labor market has undergone and dealt with major changes. The way to present yourself changes, with personal branding, as well as the way you do networking, with a professional approach. Like in any other time of transition, opportunities are endless, but you need to be able to recognize, manage and seize them. The Career Service of the Bologna Business School supports students to enable them to develop their potential and their professional growth.”

Alessandro Bonfiglioli

Alessandro Bonfiglioli

Managing Director

“The current labor market, which is increasingly complex and unstable, makes it difficult to maintain or expand the employability. Through a system of individual and collective meetings, networking events, seminars, workshops and a real dedicated retreat, BBS career development services support the participants of the Masters from the first day of their training path to maximize career opportunities”


National and international companies support the Global MBA for different activities that concern the design of the courses, company visits, guest lectures, project works, besides hosting students for the final internship. Indeed, to this end, over the years the Bologna Business School has established a large network of and a sound partnership with the most important Italian and European companies thanks to a customized approach, one that is based on the needs of each individual business. The Career Service Team supports this process through different initiatives:

  • Sending a CV Book to partner companies
  • Sharing internship and work opportunities
  • Company Presentations on campus / on site
  • Career Days
  • Virtual Career Fairs
  • Implementation of Company Project Works
  • Activities in the classroom with presentations by Managers, HR Professionals and Alumni

Moreover, companies support the Global MBA students with scholarships, professional opportunities, career fairs and company presentations.

The companies that worked with us in 2021/2022 are:




The tuition fees for the Global MBA Program are 35,000 euros (VAT free) to be paid in three installments (the first installment is due upon enrollment).


The fees include participation in the Master, all the study material which will be made available through the online platform, and access to the services and facilities of Bologna Business School, such as: a personal account for the BBS Wi-Fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the internal gym and special rates for the School restaurant. Furthermore, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation.

Free parking on the BBS campus is also available to students.


In addition, University of Bologna Student Card grants access to all of the university facilities including more than 100 libraries (also consist of online subscriptions and databases), the three city center canteens and all university student related discount offers. Further information regarding these facilities can be found on the University of Bologna website:




Participants are eligible to apply for Honor Loan with subsidised rate up to the complete coverage of the application fee.
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Bologna Business School offers both full and partial scholarships for participants of the MBA. All applicants are eligible to apply regardless of their nationality. Scholarships are merit-based (both academic as well as professional merit) and cover tuition costs only.

The Global MBA offers scholarships of:

  • 35,000 euro (full scholarship)
  • 20,000 euro (partial scholarship)
  • 15,000 euro (partial scholarship)
  • 10,000 euro (partial scholarship)


Bologna Business School grants the Africa Scholarship Program for the Academic. This Program aims to facilitate the participation of young bright talents from Africa wishing to pursue an MBA and contribute to the social and economic development of their Continent.


Bologna Business School is pleased to offer 3 full scholarships and 2 partial scholarships to young and talented women who would like to apply for the Global MBA. All of these scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded to the top-ranked candidates in the selection process.


In order to apply it is necessary to have:

  • Having obtained your Bachelor’s Degree at least 3 years before the enrolment deadline – for the 2023/24 intake, this means you must have obtained your Bachelor’s in September 2020 at the latest
  • 2+ years of qualified work experience
  • English language proficiency


This Master is open to all applicants with a Bachelor’s degree obtained at least two years before the enrollment deadline of each round. There are four rounds of admissions, the first round will be open for applications until February, 2021. The second round will close in May 2021, the third round will close in July 2021 and the fourth in September 2021.
The four rounds are open to candidates of all nationalities.


Four easy steps to begin with:

  • Download and fill out the application form
  • Complete the online registration by paying the 60 euro fee at
  • IMPORTANT: Once you have all the documents you need, you MUST send the complete HARD COPY of your application packet to the Global MBA Office at Bologna Business School
  • You must also send a digital copy of the application packet to:


Documents that must be sent:

  • Application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma and transcript for your qualifying degree
  • Passport photocopy
  • Motivational letter
  • Reference letter(s) (optional but advised)
  • GMAT or GRE results (optional)
  • Signed copies of your eligibility summary sheet and a receipt of the 60 euro application fee (both downloadable from ‘studenti online’ following registration)
  • Declaration of Value* / Diploma Supplement* / Conditional Enrolment Form


Click on the following link for the video-tutorial to apply: BBS Professional Master | How to apply – YouTube


*IMPORTANT: Students possessing a degree obtained outside the EU must submit legal recognition of their qualifications for the purposes of admission to the program, which is issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation in the country in which the degree was obtained (Declaration of Value). Candidates with degrees from within the European Union may request a Diploma Supplement directly from their Universities. Should the candidate be unable to obtain one of these documents before the deadline, it may be temporarily replaced with a Conditional Enrolment Form, which will be sent shortly after applying.


Admission to the program is subject to the positive assessment of the candidates’ individual interview and qualifications (e.g. curriculum vitae, GMAT/GRE, reference letters, etc.). The admission board, consisting of Bologna Business School faculty members, reviews the applications on a rolling basis. Candidates will be contacted by an admission team member as soon as their application has reached Bologna Business School.

In line with the number of available places, admission to the program is granted according to the applicants’ position in the list of qualified candidates, drawn up on the basis of the total score awarded at the end of the admission process. Students who achieve positions of merit in the final list of admitted candidates may benefit from full or partial scholarships.






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