Technology & Innovation Management

The strategic management of innovation

Innovation is a fundamental aspect for the growth of companies and it’s crucial to achieve success and the sustainability of the competitive advantage.

The challenge of innovation though is often tackled in the absence of clear strategies or the setting up of multi-faceted processes for choosing and organizing R&D and new product development projects.  Instead, successful innovators use well defined methods, techniques and management tools.  Innovation development should therefore become the focus of managers’ interest, seeing it with continuity and as something that has strategic relevance. Being able to promote and manage innovation today is a key skill in the profile of each manager.

The “Technology and Innovation Management” Executive Program allows tackling these challenges, providing the necessary skills to face the issues connected to the strategic, organizational and operational management of innovation, with a systemic approach.

The focus is on the tools and methods to successfully manage the entire cycle design, development and marketing of new products and services.

The course analyzes in depth topics connected to the definition of technological strategies, the identification of internal and external sources of new ideas, the optimization of the range of project portfolio, the efficient organization of the process to develop new products, Design Thinking and understanding customers’ needs, protecting the value created by innovation. Participation in the course will allow participants to strategically analyze and experience the most advanced trends of Industry 4.0 technologies (such as IoT, Robotics, AI).

The program consists of 4 modules for a total of  8 days of classroom activities.

If you’re interested in tackling the challenges of innovation in the future, contact the course director to consider your enrollment.

Federico Munari

Federico Munari

Full Professor of Innovation and Project Management, University of Bologna

" "Innovation development should become the focus of managers’ interest, seeing it with continuity and as something that has strategic relevance. Being able to promote and manage innovation today is a key skill in the profile of each manager". "

Federico Munari

Lucia Chierchia

Managing Partner @ GELLIFY

" "The challenge of innovation requires to invest in the generation of advanced knowledge and the exploration of original paths, to create new value for customers, by way of improved or radically changed products, processes and services. Such need is not limited to a few specific industries or particular categories of companies, but it’s widely present and shared. The new technological and competitive dynamics actually give us an unquestionable certainty: if a company doesn’t innovate its product both incrementally and radically, sooner or later that innovation will be introduced by a competitor. At the end of the course you’ll be able to understand better the process to define an innovation strategy and the implications for the optimal management of the projects aimed at developing new products and services". "


The course includes a program divided into 8 days of classroom divided into 4 residential of 2 days full time (Friday and Saturday). In the residential areas, different thematic modules are treated, centred on a mix of frontal lessons, company testimonials, exercises and discussion of real cases.


First module – 21-22 February 2020
Innovation Strategy and Technology Leadership

Second module – 13-14 March 2020
Creativity Management and Idea Screening

Third module – 27-28 March 2020
Design Thinking and Innovation Development

Fourth module – 17-18 April 2020
Open Innovation and Technology Management


Online activities are planned from December 2019.


  • The dynamics of innovation and the development of the innovation strategy
  • Technology Forecasting and Technology Roadmapping
  • Technology Trends and Digital Transformation

  • Creative thinking and generating new ideas
  • Methods for selecting and evaluating innovation projects
  • Protection of innovation and management of intellectual property

  • Design Thinking and Market Needs Analysis
  • Agile Project Management
  • KPI and innovative performance evaluation

  • Open Innovation and collaborative innovation development
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Organisational structures and governance of innovation

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 3,800 euros (plus VAT) to be paid by the start date of the course.

There are special fees for early registration.

The fee includes attendance at the program, all study material 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 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
Fondirigenti - for managers
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.
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