The Global MBA in Food and Wine is designed to develop leaders and entrepreneurs who will drive growth and internationalization for companies in the food and beverage sector.
Direct contact with companies, entrepreneurs, managers and opinion leaders in the industry will help to develop managerial skills and strategic analysis tools needed to promote the excellence of the Italian agro-food industry.
In line with industry characteristics, this course fosters a capacity to manage area-specific supply chain fragmentation and address the challenge of maintaining high-quality products while expanding on an international scale.
The Global MBA in Food and Wine is designed for those who want to make a significant change to their career or start a business project in this sector. No matter the end goal, this program is the first step to making an important professional and personal change.
The Global MBA in Food and Wine 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 guest lectures of entrepreneurs, managers and Michelin-starred chefs, as well as participating in company visits. This is followed by 500-hours dedicated to an internship at a leading company in the food and beverage sector, 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.
Your passion could become a factor of growth in the food and wine sector; get in touch for further information.
The Global Master in Business Administration (EPAS accredited since 2015) just received a new accreditation for 5 more years.
The EPAS 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 Bologna Business School we give you a taste of the Italian food and wine experience, focusing on some of the numerous examples of excellence that are present in the country. You can meet business people, managers, and chefs who brought food and wine ‘made in Italy’ to the attention of the world. You will learn from their experiences and be given the keys to make a success out of your career. The MBA Food and Wine is designed to give you the knowledge and the skills to take the lead in the evolution of the food and wine industry. "
AVERAGE WORK EXPERIENCE
Temitope Akintola – Nigeria
Area Manager - Africa, Zonin1821
Global MBA - Food & Wine (A.Y. 2016/2017)
"My MBA journey at BBS started with a lot of fun, uncertainties and expectations. It’s a year now and the fun has been replaced with network, uncertainties with direction and expectations with a clear reality. The education obtained has been instrumental in my chosen profession as a Food and Wine consultant with Africa as my target market."
Lan Liu – China
Project Manager, Vinitaly International
Global MBA - Food and Wine (A.Y. 2015/2016)
"My experience at BBS has reshaped my lifestyle and helped me achieve balance between my long-term career development and my everyday life. Fascinated by minds of scholars and colleagues from every corner of the world in class, I was equally inspired by the food and street musicians off class. A special bonus: I now speak Italian. La vita è veramente bella a Bologna!"
Francesca Bianchini – Italy
Founder and General Manager, Heberart House
Global MBA - Food and Wine (A.Y. 2015/2016)
"For me studying food and wine means learning about the inspiring examples of innovation and technology. The particular Italian settings and the cultural diversity of the BBS family enhanced this adventure. Now that the master has ended, if I were asked what the Food & Wine track was like, I’d say that it was absolutely worth having!"
Gabriella Di Clemente – South Africa
Account Manager, ItalianFOOD.net - Gruppo Food
Global MBA - Food & Wine (A.Y. 2014/2015)
"Choosing your studies wisely means choosing your studies aligned with your passions and goals and where you see yourself not only in the present, but also in the future. The Global MBA not only illuminated my current career path, it has given me the tools to ensure I am able to achieve my objectives in the Internationalization process of the Made in Italy sector."
Deanna D’Alfonso – USA
Assistant Marketing Manager, Gruppo Mezzacorona
Global MBA - Food and Wine (A.Y. 2013/2014)
"The constant global immersion as you interact with students from all over the world, facing challenges together while acquiring new skills and approaches to business is unprecedented. This maximizes your networking potential and peer learning opportunities throughout the year and beyond."
Laura Duca – USA
Special Events Project Manager, Carpigiani Group
Global MBA - Food and Wine (A.Y. 2011/2012)
"The Global MBA introduced me to the world of Italian excellence in the food and wine industry and gave me an incredible learning experience. After a year of coursework, I am now working in the events management department at Carpigiani, an Italian company known worldwide for their gelato machines and for promoting the ice-cream culture all over the world."
The Global MBA Ambassadors are passionate and enthusiastic alumni who dedicate their time to help spread and grow the BBS brand all over the world. They are also available to get in touch with all those who are interested in undertaking a life changing year at our business school in Bologna. Contact them and hear about their first-hand experience in the BBS Global MBA program
The Master’s degree is a 12-month full-time program including 518 hours of class activities, 1300 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 concentrate on the specific subjects of each track (please, find further information about the courses in the section ‘Courses’ below).
I Term: September 2019 – December 2019
II Term – III Term: January 2020 – May 2020
A central part of the Global MBA Food & Wine experience are the numerous occasions to get in touch with the industry through company and fairs visits as well as leaders talks. Here are some examples:
Fairs and events:
ALTAGAMMA CENTO MANI DI QUESTA TERRA CIBUS FESTA A VICO PITTI TASTE SIGEP VINITALY WINE2WINE
ANTICA CORTE PALLAVICINA AZIENDA AGRICOLA CARETTI CANTINE ANTINORI CANTINE ARNALDO CAPRAI FICO FOOD FOR SOUL NORDICONAD VIGNETO SAN VITO
CRISTINA BOWERMAN ELEONORA COZZELLA GENNARO ESPOSITO STEVE GEDEON MATTEO GORI TIMOTHY O’CONNELL STEVE RAYE NICOLA TUCCI
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 provides an introduction to business planning concepts and the tools necessary to set up new businesses. Corporate entrepreneurship as well as various start-up cases will be developed.
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.
This course provides the core of corporate strategy through the identification of a superior competitive position, the analysis of a strategic situation and the creation of a proper organizational context to ensure the chosen strategy is the most effective one. Through the analysis of real-world cases, participants develop analytical skills that help them to acquire practical experience in dealing with strategic issues. The course aims to provide an understanding of the basic principles and practices of strategic management. It will develop a dynamic approach to competitive analysis and business strategy that is well suited to today's turbulent competitive environment.
The course deals with the topics considered most relevant in the context of Digital Culture. Below is an introduction to the main topics covered in the course:
1. Data processing: meaning and limitations (from Kurt Godel and Alan Turing to Quantum and Beyond)
2. Counter Culture vs. Cyber Culture (Stewart Brand & Bob Taylor, a la carte).
3. Codification: Meaning and Perspectives.
4. Internet: Lo and Behold.
5. History of Calculus.
6. The rise of Artificial Intelligence: Of Men and Machines.
7. Digitalization of the text + Analysis of the Literature + Maps + Interactive Media + Games + Design + Media Art: Digital Humanities?
8. Big Brother in action: Surveillance, Hacking, Privacy, Cyber security and Data.
9. Ethics, Moral Responsibility and Responsibility in Data Processing.
10. New Web Economy.
This course introduces the main concepts of financial and managerial accounting. Financial accounting covers accounting notions, principles, and the structure of the three main financial statements. It also includes profitability and financial performance analysis. Managerial accounting includes basic cost concepts, cost behavior patterns, and the use of managerial accounting data for decision-making, management control systems and performance measurement systems. Particular focus is placed on intangible and intellectual capital measurement and reporting, on non-financial performance measurement systems and strategic cost management.
In an industry where globalization has deeply modified many consumption patterns, go-to-market models are probably the most important success factor. This course compares trade structures in Europe, USA and BRIC markets, and provides the strategies and tools to choose the right network for mono-channel or multi-channel distribution strategy. Special attention will be dedicated to sales management and to commercial services provided to partners: sampling, credit, warranties, logistic support, trade marketing mix.
The objective of this course is to bring to the MBA students the necessary information and sensitivity to know, taste and understand wine and food products that have something special to deliver to customers. Wine and food product characteristics and identity are very much linked to the areas of production, that are discussed and partly visited. Managers of companies in the industry share with MBA participants their professional experience and the knowledge of the sector.
This cycle of seminars constitutes a unique occasion for the MBA students to meet and interact with key leaders of the global economic, social and political scene. These series of lectures, especially designed for the MBA class, reflects the main goal of the Program, which is to link theories and practice.
This course focuses on how innovation and tradition can be combined to create narratives that enhance the customer experience and the business strategy. Major stages and trends of this development are examined, and many examples are drawn from all around the world, providing an in-depth understanding of the contemporary and the future of the food and wine sector.
This course examines macroeconomics in open economies that are linked by trade, capital flows, and monetary policies. The goal is to provide a framework for understanding current events affecting the world economy. The participants acquire the analytical tools needed to examine the financial performance of economies, balance of payments problems and policy, the causes and consequences of exchange rate movements and the implications of macroeconomic relationships between countries.
This course will focus on: logistics in commercial relations (especially in intercontinental operations), customer service levels, and distribution costs.
The course focuses on the organization of a company, identifying its characteristics and exploring the strategic design for working in and managing such an organization. The topics covered are focused on specific elements of organizational design linking them to the overarching organizational design system. This course will provide the analytical tools needed to handle the complexity of organizational design in the face of an increasingly globalized and fast-changing business environment. This course also addresses human resource issues from a strategic perspective and will concentrate on the development of concepts and strategies that may increase your effectiveness in developing policies and practices, enhancing the value of the people taking part in your organization.
This course examines successful people management policies, from hiring the right managers to retaining best employees. The choice among major organization alternatives will be followed by insight of experienced restaurant managers in order to learn ways to define the compensation scale, communicate performance expectations and measure employee performance.
The objective of this seminar is to provide a general understanding of what general management consulting is and the skills it requires. Students will be exposed to the main consulting frameworks and methods; consulting project activities and situations using business cases; and meet practicing consulting professionals from a variety of firms. As an integral part of the course they will also learn the basic tool required to organize and develop a business plan.
The course focuses on the main concepts of marketing management, analyzing both strategic marketing and mixed marketing activities. Specific topics covered are consumer behavior, the buying process, segmentation, product positioning, relationship marketing, branding at national and global levels, mixed marketing activities and investments such as pricing, advertising, and channel management. Participants will be able to plan a marketing strategy for an existing or new product and take it to the mixed marketing stage.
The main purpose of the course is to give students an introduction to the key analytical tools necessary to effectively pursue the core courses. The course provides a survey of fundamental tools for analyzing financial and managerial problems including time value of money, elements of financial analysis, discounting, data analysis and basics of statistics and econometrics.
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 School is fully committed to creating employability, by way of a systematic career service action, constantly focused on matching at best the students’ professional projects with the needs companies have.
The internship is an exceptional springboard, suffice it to say that six months after the end of the MBA at Bologna Business School on average 90% of students work in a company.
The BBS Career Service assists and supports students since the very beginning, along a training and professional development path. This is accomplished by organizing a series of workshops, with the aim of providing the fundamental tools and resources to be appropriately prepared for the labor market.
To achieve this goal, students are involved in several workshops, among which we may list:
In addition to this, thanks to the collaboration with professional career counselors, students receive a customized service, in order to understand their strengths and to build a professional development plan, which will turn out to be helpful when looking for an internship. Here follow some of the activities:
The goal of the Career Service is also to allow students to connect with national and international companies. Over the years, Bologna Business School has managed to establish a wide-ranging network and a sound partnership with leading companies in Italy and Europe, thanks to a personalized approach, based on each company’s needs. The collaboration features the following activities:
Our partners are the foremost supporters of our students, with the provision of scholarships, internships and professional opportunities.
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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.
Thanks to the agreement between Bologna Business School and Intesa Sanpaolo, participants are eligible to apply for “PerTe Prestito Con Lode”, a long-term and low-interest honor loan.
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Bologna Business School offers both full and partial scholarships for participants of the Global 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. 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 three rounds of admissions, the first round will be open for applications until February 15th, 2019. The second round will close on April 29th, 2019 and the third round will close on July 15th 2019.
The three rounds are open to candidates of all nationalities.
Four easy steps to begin with:
Documents that must be sent:
*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. All students are eligible to apply for a special long-term and low-interest honor loan.Download Application Form
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.
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