Italy Full Professor of Economics and Business Administration University of Bologna Core Faculty
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Alessandro Grandi is a Full Professor of Economics and Business Administration at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bologna, where he is President of the degree program in Managerial Engineering. His research and professional activities mainly concern the organizing and managing of the processes of technical innovation, strategies and politics in the high-tech sector. He is a board member of Alma Mater, CRIT Research, Consorzio Alma-Cube and is the scientific manager of the area of Industrial Policy and Local Development of Nomisma. He has collaborated as a consultant with industrial enterprises and services on the theme of corporate organization. He was a visiting scholar at the New York University.  


FOCUS SESSION - The workshop aims to provide participants the knowledge and instruments related to organization and management of projects, with a particular focus on innovation projects. The subjects analyzed include project planning and control (timing, costs, and technical progress); project organization, the role of project manager and the management of the team; risk management; and management of a project portfolio.

  • Projects and types of projects: distinctive features
  • Stages and criticalities of project life-cycles
  •  The design/decision stages and planning and organizing stages
  • The project plan
  •  Project organizational structures
  • The key roles in project structures
  • The project manager: role and skill profile
  • Creation and management of the project team 
  • Managing the relationship with the internal and external customer
  • The multi-project management
  • Structuring and managing the project portfolio

Project Management

Strategic, organizational and managerial aspects relevant to the development of innovation. Developing new products including an in-depth overview of the importance and role of R&D. Managing projects related to new products. Developing products and optimizing final performances in terms of quality, time and cost.

The role of technological innovation in business strategies. The management of innovative processes and in particular the process of developing new products and services. Insights on organizational and technical aspects to support the development of new products (concurrent engineering, value analysis, VRP, QFD). Project management: structures, roles and programming and control techniques. Project management cases and applications for the development of new products / services.

Change Management: the main models of change.

This course develops a foundation of concepts and solutions that supports the planning, scheduling, controlling, resource allocation, and performance measurement activities required for successful completion of a project. Provides training and experience with project management tools and techniques, including work breakdown structures, network diagrams, risk management, earned value management, and other tools.

The course also addresses the main organizational issues in managing projects and leading project teams. It is fully aligned with Project Management Institute (PMI) standards.