Matteo Mura, Ph.D is Assistant Professor of Business Engineering at the Department of Business Science at the University of Bologna. He is a Visiting Professor at the Cranfield School of Management. He performs research activities and consulting on the subjects of performance management and strategy implementation, knowledge sharing, sustainability, analysis and corporate stakeholder management. He is currently active in an international project aiming to understand how organizations can managerial control systems for generating both efficiency and innovation. He teaches Economics and Business Organization at the School of Engineering at the University of Bologna and holds courses in Operations Management and Business Analytics at the Cranfield School of Management and the Warwick Business School.
CORE COURSE – Each year our society uses the resources that the planet Earth takes around a year and a half to regenerate. This and other global scope empirical evidence mean that the topic of sustainability lies at the very core of the economic, political and social debate. Recent studies show that a sustainability-oriented managerial approach adopted by some companies creates a medium-long term competitive advantage versus competitors. This success is also achieved thanks to the ability to innovate the business model and to introduce measurement tools to monitor and manage the value creation process in the best possible way. The course aims at beginning a debate on the methods to start companies on sustainability policies and practices.
The purpose of this course is to initiate a debate around the role and functioning of modern corporations as sustainability challenges, opportunities and solutions emerge. In particular, the objective is to detail and disentangle the links between corporate strategy, sustainability, and performance measurement systems as a means to translate sustainable strategies into effective outcomes and, at the same time, to provide investors and external stakeholders with a set of metrics that appropriately identify a company’s sustainable value and competitiveness.
Within this perspective, four major learning outcomes are expected:
The course will explore and analyze typical problems associated with operations management and address them through quantitative modeling in support of decision making. The issues will be handled by combining a business-oriented approach with quantitative methods on a statistical and econometric basis. The main contents are related to: management of production capacity, inventory management and control, service operations, selection and monitoring of suppliers, process optimization and simulation. The main objectives of the course relate to the ability to model complex business situations and to analyze them through technical and quantitative tools designed to monitor and improve business performance, teams and individuals.
FOCUS SESSION - Even though many companies have developed sustainability programs over the years, we are currently witnessing a combination of sustainable approaches that are unable to constitute a truly sustainable strategy. The aim of this workshop is to develop a debate on the role and performance of companies, with regards to sustainability challenges, opportunities, and new solutions. Specifically, the objective is to describe and unravel the connections between management of innovation and the theme of sustainability within companies.