The Global MBA in Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods aims to strike a balance between creativity and business in the management of luxury companies, by providing managers and entrepreneurs with the know-how gained from Italian excellence. In-depth analysis of fashion and design business models in different industries enables students to combine product knowledge with luxury management-specific managerial approaches, providing vision and an operational capacity for international expansion.
Thanks to a close relationship with Italian companies that act as international symbols of high quality, the program focuses on the practical aspects of fashion and luxury management. This course has the potential to make a great impact on the professional and personal futures of young managers. Via trajectory analysis, students will examine the characteristics of market segments with the greatest international value, focusing in on the steps necessary to achieve their ambitions.
The Global MBA in Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods is a 12-month, full-time program. Over the course of the first term, classes will focus on general management and during the second term, students will study specialized subjects. International faculty-lead classes are accompanied by a number of managerial guest speakers, alongside participation in a business laboratory and analysis of real-life cases. This is followed by 500-hours dedicated to an internship at a leading company in the field of design, fashion and luxury goods, or an entrepreneurial work project. Classes made up of students from a wide range of geographical origins, cultures and global perspectives help to enrich this experience with additional stimulation and opportunities for open discussion. The tradition of luxury requires new skills to deal with international growth; get in touch for more information.
Programme Advisory Committee
The Global MBA of BBS has just received the EFMD programme re- accreditation for 5 more years.
The accreditation is awarded only to programs who respect the highest international standards in term of teaching, integration with companies and services to students. It is issued by EFMD, the most important international organization in quality certification of business management education
Director of Studies
" At the heart of luxury there is artisanship, creativity, people, passion, cultural heritage, understated elegance, all this is “Made in Italy”. We undertake projects with companies to help develop your future career and teach you about the link between the self-awareness of Renaissance tradition and the capabilities needed to compete at the global level in contemporary markets "
AVERAGE WORK EXPERIENCE
CORINNE ANNA MAZURKIEWICZ – CANADA/POLAND
Product Manager, Davines
Global MBA - Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods (A.Y. 2018/2019)
"What attracted me to the Global MBA was the proximity to top luxury brands and the ability to develop an international perspective that comes relocating. Being taught by successful industry leading professionals, in the luxury sector is something that was fundamental in my learning at BBS. And the diverse range of topics within the Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods program allowed me to gain a broad knowledge of luxury categories, but also specialize in luxury beauty where I achieved my goal of working for the leading brand in the sector. "
Yoko Isozaki – Japan
Business Development Manager, Monnalisa
Global MBA - Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods (A.Y. 2017/2018)
"Challenging experience in BBS made it possible for me to integrate theory with practice which I had got at Japanese subsidiary of French luxury company. Diversity in nationalities and backgrounds among students and faculty was always the source of intellectual excitement and profound insight into luxury business. Utmost value of strategic thinking and cross-cultural leadership are what I deeply learned in BBS."
Antonella Cacioppo – Italy
Portfolio Manager, Premium Brands
Global MBA - Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods (A.Y. 2015/2016)
"Being part of the BBS family was for me synonymous of personal and professional enrichment and growth. My clear objective was since the beginning to enter the world of fashion & jewellery, and hard work has paid me off. BBS valuable learnings, given by great professionals of the international luxury industry have guided me in understanding the challenges, needs and attitude that this peculiar sector requires."
JENNIFER VAN RENSBURG – SOUTH AFRICA
Trade Marketing Manager, Bulgari
Global MBA - Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods (A.Y. 2014/2015)
"Deciding to do my MBA at BBS has been a game changer both professionally and personally; you discover what you are truly capable of. Learning from industry leaders was a priceless experience, and BBS has an incredible faculty who are open to their students. I will forever value my time in Italy and the special friendships built during the program."
Lucian Ieremia – USA
Product Manager, Technogym
Global MBA - Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods (A.Y. 2014/2015)
"The decision to attend the Global MBA has changed my life and career path dramatically. Our professors were leaders in their respective industry and brought with them real world scenarios that prepare you for the next stages of your career. The work placement offered after finishing your MBA is one of the greatest assets that placed me within an industry in which my competencies matched my background and passions in life. The relationships that I created while attending the program are ones that I will cherish and continue to keep with me throughout my professional career."
Katelyn Venezia – USA
Travel Retail Manager, Burberry
MBA - Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods (A.Y. 2010/2011)
"Learning from current leaders in the Fashion Industry both exhilarating and inspiring. I was not disappointed, and will remember the time spent and knowledge gained from these extremely intelligent individuals throughout my career. Currently, I am employed at Burberry as a Travel Retail Manager. I strongly encourage you to consider the Global MBA program at BBS."
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 2021 – February 2022
II Term – III Term: February 2022 – October 2022
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.
Participants in the program will actively work on business development concepts during a project that does not just entail the practical application of theoretical issues but a “learning by doing” project, during which they will discuss, analyze and work with a hands-on approach. Participants in the project will be led by a manager in order to develop a challenging real-life, long-term project of business redefinition, launch and development, where not only the analysis is important but also planning for the implementation stage.
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.Georg Wernicke
The course describes the leading Business Models in the Fashion Industry as well as the ongoing transformations happening in the Fashion Industry. One of the objectives is to analyze how major brands do develop and implement strategies to approach the changing scenarios. The course will propose a taxonomy of the Fashion Industry and students will additionally analyze the drivers of growth.Gavazza Lelio
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:
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 analyzing 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. Most of the topics presented during the course will also be analyzed and studied using a case study approach.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:
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.
This course aims at:
On completion of the course, students should:
The course aims to discuss the main principles of identifying and evaluating gemstones. Furthermore, industry experts will share the main issues in the jewelry market with the participants, by following the development from artisan culture to industrial serial production. In the second part of the course we discuss watch-making, considering that watches are mechanisms that measure the passage of time and displays the current time: movements may be entirely mechanical, entirely electronic (potentially with no moving parts), or a blend of the two. Also, we analyze the trends in watch-making and in the watch industry.Festa Alberto
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.Bellettini Giorgio
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the Italian design world. Particular attention will be paid to its origins, main characteristics, and inclinations. The course will elaborate on various themes that are typical of different areas of design implementation. The course will be divided into three parts: Italian Design Identity, Testimonies, and Examples & Methods.Bonfiglioli Alessandro
The objective of this course is to analyze the main trends in innovation and production of luxury vehicles and estates by discussing with industry experts and visiting production and research sites. Vehicles are usually classified broadly by what is used to apply steering and drive forces against the ground of the water: wheeled, tracked, railed, skied; in fact we apply a different segmentation, according to customer experience and needs, thus we analyze the characteristics of luxury vehicles as a blend of technical content and hedonic experiences.Vacchi Giovanni Battista
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.
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.Paulraj Antony
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:
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.Vignoli Matteo
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.Bartolini Monica
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.
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:
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.”
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:
In addition, our partners support the Global MBA students with scholarships, professional opportunities, career fairs and company presentations. The companies that worked with us in 2019/2020 are:
ABINBEV AESS ALPHA TAURI ANTARES VISION BANCA INTESA SANPAOLO BENETTON BEVOLOGY INC,. BIONDI SANTI BIRRA PERONI BOEING BUCCI AUTOMATION BULGARI CAMST CAVOUR CF CISCO EUROPE CLIMATE KIC CLN GROUP COESIA COOP ITALIA DALLARA DATALOGIC DAVINES DORELAN DUCATI DYSON ENERGY WAY ENERTRONICA SANTERNO ERMANNO SCERVINO EY FAAC GROUP FABBRI 1905 FAYAT GROUP FELSINEO FERRARELLE FERRARI FIA FORMULA E FICO EATALY WORLD GELLIFY GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI GLENMONT PARTNERS GRANAROLO GRUPPO CIMBALI GRUPPO INDUSTRIALE MACCAFERRI GRUPPO MONTENEGRO HUBLOT ING JIMMY CHOO KERAKOLL KITON LAMBORGHINI LAVAZZA LIU JO LUXOTTICA LVMH MARELLI MARINELLA MASERATI MAX MARA FASHION GROUP MONNALISA PAOLO LAZZARONI E FIGLI PHILIP MORRIS PIAGGIO PININFARINA PINKO PIRELLI POGGIPOLINI POMELLATO RES4AFRICA RONCUCCI & PARTNERS SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC SCS CONSULTING SCUOLA SUPERIORE SANT’ANNA TALENT GARDEN UN – INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION UNIPOL VINHOOD VINITALY INTERNATIONAL WOOLRICH
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: http://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities.
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:
AFRICA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
BBS and the Foundation for World Wide Cooperation grant 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.
In order to apply it is necessary to have:
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:
Documents that must be sent:
*NOTE: Students possessing a degree obtained outside the EU must submit legal recognition of their qualifications for the purposes of enrolling in the program, which is issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation in the country in which the degree was obtained (Declaration of Value or Statement of Equal Value). Candidates with degrees obtained within the European Union may request a European Diploma Supplement directly from their Universities. The Declaration of Value does not necessarily have to be submitted before the application deadline. You can safely submit it later on should there be a lack of time. The Conditional enrollment form mentioned in the list above can se submitted in the mean time.
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. All students are eligible to apply for a special long-term and low-interest honor loan.CALL FOR APPLICATIONS APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Download Application Form
You can contact the admissions team either by email: email@example.com or by telephone at (0039) 0512090122. Our admissions staff will be happy to assist you and clarify any doubts you may have.
Of course we will. Non-EU citizens have to apply for a student visa before being able to commence their studies. We can provide you with a letter of admission as well as a letter of support, which you can use to make your visa application. In the case of particular problems our staff will be ready to contact embassies directly to discover the source of the problem and solutions to fix it.
After you arrive in Italy, you will be required to apply for a residence permit. Our staff will be able to help you fill out the forms and give you any support you need for this process as well.
If you do not live in Italy then you can participate via Skype. You will be contacted several days before the selection date to inform you of your time slot for the test and individual interview. At this point you can send us your Skype ID so that we can add you to the account that will be used for the interviews.
Yes. The course is open to people of all nationalities regardless of where their previous studies have taken place. Please note, however, that admission is dependent upon you presenting one of two potential documents. If you have graduated from a university in the European Union then you will be able to get a European Diploma Supplement directly from that university. If possible, this should be submitted with your application. If you have graduated from outside the European Union then you will need to request a Declaration of Value from the Italian embassy/consulate present in the country where you graduated. Details on how to obtain this document can be found on the website of the relevant Italian embassy/consulate. If possible, this declaration of value should be submitted with your application. If not possible then it can be submitted at a later date but you will only be provisionally admitted until you do so.
Application is done in two parts. The first part is to register on the University of Bologna Online Registration Portal and the second is to send us (via email and post) your application packet:
The documents are:
– MBA Application form (signed)
– Enrollment summary sheet (Studenti Online registration – signed)
– Copy of the payment of the 60 euro fee
– Curriculum vitae (in English)
– Letter of motivation (in English)
– Copy of ID card or passport
– One Passport photograph
– Copy of the degree certificate giving the final score, exams and grades*
– Two letters of reference in English (optional)
– GMAT (or GRE) scores (optional)
*For candidates with foreign degrees:
– Degrees from the EU: You’ll have to request a European Diploma Supplement from your university.
– Degrees from outside the EU: You’ll have to request legal recognition of your degree (Declaration of Value / Dichiarazione di Valore) in order to be admitted to the program, which is issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation in the country in which the degree was obtained. This is not required prior to admission, but it is required in order for you to fully enroll.
If you want help with the online registration then contact us and we will be pleased to send you a detailed set of instructions.
Yes, even if you don’t have a GMAT or a GRE you are still eligible to apply. You will have to take part in the selection process run by the School and alternative evaluation methods will be provided. For further info concerning the process you can contact the admissions team.
Yes. Don’t worry if you if you are unable to present a IELTS or TOEFL, your level of English will be assessed during the selection process. You can be excused from the need to present proof of your English level if you are a native English speaker.
You can contact the Help Desk directly via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone: +39 0512099882; or you can apply online: https://studenti.unibo.it/sol/welcome.htm
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