Human Resources Management & Development

Driving change

The Human Resources Executive Program aims at providing the HR Department with business and strategy information and with the necessary tools to play a central role in the creation of new opportunities for the company.

This course provides HR managers with a complete view across the company and a higher degree of planning over their future development. The course is intended for both HR specialists wishing to acquire a full understanding of the HR process function, and those who’d like to hold an HR position and already have experiences performing different roles.

Thinking and operational skills are developed in order to provide an analytical understanding of the current situation and define an efficient people strategy. Thanks to a suitable HR management, companies can increase the return on human capital investments.

Attending the Human Resources Executive Program means acquiring the skills to be a protagonist of change and a higher degree of awareness on the role and the contribution provided by the HR department in achieving the goals.

The program consists of three topic-based modules on People Strategy and Digital HRPeople Management & HR Function and People and HR Approach.

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If in your professional future you wish to face new responsibilities, please contact the course management to evaluate your enrollment.

Alfredo Montanari

Alfredo Montanari

Academic Director



The course consists of 3 modules, 2 days each for a total of 6 meetings. The residential will take place on Fridays and Saturdays. The program analyses in detail strategic matters and their implementation, overcoming a purely functional approach to the HR profession.

First module

People Strategy and Digital HR 

31 January -  1 February 2020

Second module

People Management and HR Function

21 – 22 February  2020

Third module

People and HR Approach

20 – 21 March 2020  

Online activities are scheduled from December 2019.


Promoting the Human Capital using HR Practices

  • Rationality (and passions)
  • Introduction on People Analytics
  • Business Game: People Analytics Leading Employee Engagement

Innovating the HR Department using Analytics

  • People, People Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
  • HR Smart Metrics
  • People Analytics Lab

Skill Builders

  • Knowledge Sharing and Integration
  • From HR Strategy to development systems
  • Design Thinking and Organizational Skills

Organizational Identity and Personnel Engagement

  • Professional Identities and Engagement
  • Personnel development plan
  • Final lecture - "Managing Diversity at Work: Challenges and Opportunities for HR Managers"

Strategic Vision of the HR Department

  • The business strategy and how it affects people
  • The CEO’s perspective and expectations
  • Identifying a strategy about people

The digital transformation of the HR Department

  • How the industry 4.0 decisions affect the HR Department
  • HR Manager as "Technology Proponent"
  • HR in the time of the Digital Transformation

The fourth module explores organizational agility, the relationship between performance and processes; it compares the classical tools with the new technologies applied to the job; addresses the difficulties of social integration.

The second module deals with the issues of motivation, of belonging, of well-being in relation to talent and career opportunities. These issues will be examined against stereotypes and popular culture.

The first module deals with how HR’s role is a balance between retention and development: how to raise the department from a marginal role to a Business Partnership logic? Different approaches to HR are compared, focusing on the evolution of its role.

Learning method

Our courses are characterized by a faculty that brings together very different skills and experiences from the world of business, academia and consulting.


Networking takes place between students in the same class, between participants and lecturers, and with students from other courses or previous editions of the same program.


Over the years, our partners have been constantly involved in the various activities that make up the structure of our programs. Companies belonging to our network participate in project work and master classes; they actively contribute to introducing guest speakers and organizing company visits. Our partners are our first supporters: they sponsor various scholarships, host internships for students and provide professional opportunities for graduates. The partner companies of Bologna Business School are:


Aeroporto G. Marconi Assicoop Bologna Metropolitana Automobili Lamborghini Bologna Fiere Brevini Power Transmission Camera di Commercio di Bologna Camera di Commercio di Ferrara Camera di Commercio di Forlì-Cesena Camera di Commercio di Modena Camera di Commercio di Rimini Camst Carpigiani Group Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna Confcommercio Emilia Romagna Confindustria Emilia Romagna Coswell Datalogic Ducati Motor Holding Enel Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Expert System Falorni Fastweb Ferrarelle Ferrari Ferretti Group Finalma Fondazione Carisbo Fondazione Cassa Risparmio Cesena Fondazione Cassa Risparmio di Cento Fondazione Cassa Risparmio di Imola Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Carpi Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo Fondazione G. Marconi Fondazione IBM Italia Fondazione Isabella Seràgnoli Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna Fondazione per la Collaborazione tra i Popoli Food Trend Foundation Furla Google Italia Granarolo GroupM Gruppo Coesia Gruppo Sistema H-ART HSPI Haworth Hera Horsa IBM Italia IMA Iconsulting Intesa San Paolo KPMG Advisory Laboratori Guglielmo Marconi Landi Renzo Legacoop Bologna Lighthouse Manutencoop Mape Maps Masai Italia Maserati Microsoft Italia Montenegro N.C.H. Nuovi Cantieri Apuania Olidata Onit Group Opera Santa Maria del Fiore Philip Morris Italia Poltronesofà Regione Emilia-Romagna Ricoh S.E.C.I. Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri SAP SCS Consulting STMicroelectronics Schneider Electric Seps Technogym Teuco The Boston Consulting Group Toyota Material Handling Italia Trevi Group Umberto Cesari UniCredit Unieuro Unindustria Bologna Unipol Vem Sistemi Veronesi Viabizzuno Videoworks Volvo Car Italia WPP Italia Yoox Net-A-Porter Group


The registration fee for the entire program is 3,200 euros (plus VAT) to be paid by the start date of the course.

There are special fees for early registrations.

The fee includes attendance at the program, all study materials available through the online platform and access to Bologna Business School services, which include: Alma personal wi-fi account, use of Computer Lab PCs, use of study areas and access to the internal gym. A large free car park is available in the school park.

Discounts are available:

  • for AIDP members;
  • for Business Network companies;
  • for Alma/BBS and Profingest Alumni;
  • for groups of at least 3 people.



Alumni and companies can check the availability of vouchers at the Interprofessional Fund of reference:

Fondimpresa - for middle managers / middle management
Fondo Dirigenti PMI- for managers of industrial SMEs
Fonditalia Fondirigenti - for executives
Fon.Coop - for cooperative companies







The course is reserved for a maximum of 20 participants.


To register, simply download the registration form and send it by email or fax (051 2090112).


At the end of the course, a participation certificate is issued (upon reaching 80% of classroom hours).
The documents used in the classroom and any further reading or exercises will be uploaded to our platform, whose credentials will be delivered in the classroom.
Should a group of colleagues wish to participate in the program, it is possible to contact the Program Manager to evaluate an ad hoc participation price.
Our short courses do not require a specific course of study. It is important to have a few years of work experience behind you that can help you, inside the classroom, by bringing real cases dealt with and solutions adopted during your work.


Valentina Lodi
Valentina LodiManager della Formazione

Phone: +39 051 2090143


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