Master Sustainability Transition Management (Executive) | BBS - Italy

Sustainability Transition Management

2020 pandemic has changed our work habits and our lives. In order to face this global challenge, it is much needed to maintain the focus on sustainability, to help transition from the tragic reality of the coronavirus outbreak and all the social problems it has revealed to a much better future where individuals, companies and institutions work together to enhance societal and natural well-being.

The Executive Master in Sustainability Transition Management has the aim to equip executives with operational tools and strategic knowledge in order to develop their professional career internationally in the global sustainability arena.

The Program is rooted in the Sustainable Transition framework, defined as a set of processes of change, which occur during the course of one or more generations, which fundamentally modify the structural characteristics of society: transition in industry, energy, urban systems, agriculture and mobility. The programs will focus on all these five pillars, thus providing participants with a systemic view of how sustainability can be translated into tangible economic, environmental and social outcomes.

The Executive Master in Sustainability Transition Management is a 12-months online program, with teaching sessions hold two evenings a week (i.e. Tuesday and Thursday. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. CET) and on Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. CET). Each online session lasts about three hours and combines lectures, case discussions, team-working among participants, virtual factory tours, and sustainability transition dialogues with though leaders in the field.  Thanks to a smart formula, you will be able to combine work and private life while attending the Master.

The program will also include an in presence three-day study tour in Italy in June 2021, where participants will experience how leading companies in the automotive, packaging, renewable energy, and food industries are heading towards sustainability transition.

Finally, in order to provide a fully customized learning experience, each participant will be paired with a professional mentor, expert in the sustainability area, which will support the professional development of each student during the Master and the development of the final project work.

Italy represents the right place to improve your skills on sustainability transition and develop a new mindset ready for the “new normal”.

Key facts:

• The University of Bologna ranks 1st in EU and 6th in the world in sustainability (FT Global Ranking 2020).

• Bologna will host the new European Weather Forecast Data Centre of the ECMRW

• Data science for sustainability represents a core capability of the Bologna business ecosystem

• Italy ranks 1st in EU with +25% growth rate of companies that implement sustainability practices and 2nd (after Luxembourg) in resource efficiency outcomes.

• The Italian energy giant Enel Green Power is one of the largest renewable-energy companies in the world, with 46 gigawatts of installed capacity.

• The clean technologies market in Italy is around 30 billion euros.



Matteo Mura

Matteo Mura

Scientific Director

" There are no alternatives to sustainability. The companies that understood this have achieved better performances. This Executive Master is created to train professionals capable of rethinking the value creation process within the company in line with the transition to low CO2 emissions, the circular economy and the SDGs. "

Class Profile

    The Executive Master in Sustainability Transition Management has the aim to equip executives with operational tools and strategic knowledge in order to develop their professional career internationally in the global sustainability arena.

    The skills developed during the course must be used for assistance in private companies, NGOs and to inform the public sector.




The study methodology is characterized by the flexibility of online sessions integrated by a 3-day study tour on campus. This format allows you to compare yourself with teachers and international partners.

Core courses:

13 online core courses that provide specific skills and knowledge to guide the sustainable transition in the company.

Smart Week:

3 days on campus (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) a study tour which will include company visits, testimonials and networking activities.

Sustainable Dialogue:

meetings with Senior Managers aimed at telling managerial experiences.


individual activity that allows participants to develop their potential and abilities to the maximum with the aim of improving their performance in the company. Mentors are BBS Alumni who will support students throughout the learning process.

Virtual Factories:

3 group activities, connected on a thematic level, in order to provide the application of the tools and skills learned during the individual courses.

Project Work:

The project work allows you to contextualize the knowledge and tools acquired. It can be developed individually or in small groups.

Leadership Talk:

Inspirational Speech with relevant personalities in the field of Sustainability and Circular Economy.

Distance Learning:

The online platform is a structural part of the program. It contains didactic modules, exercises to test learning and allows interaction between participants, teachers and tutors through forums and dedicated chats.




The role of organizations in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with particular attention to how this process of change in the development model affects enterprises and their organisational models. In this context it becomes interesting to evaluate how the onset of the pandemic has modified, in an open situation not yet foreseeable, the potential role of the enterprise to support the transformative resilience of society. We will examine in depth contexts and organizational models in evolution, by sector clusters.

On the one hand, the module aims to provide Operatins’ basics within modern production and service delivery systems. Following this initial framework it will be possible to deepen the role of automation and digitalization within the modern Supply Chain and in particular the effect of enabling technologies foreseen by Industry 4.0.


Over the last decade sustainability, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder management practices have become paramount for companies as well as for the society at large. Although most companies have developed sustainability programs over the years, as they’re cutting carbon emissions, reducing waste, and otherwise enhancing operational efficiency, we are witnessing a mishmash of sustainability tactics that does not add up to a sustainable strategy. To endure, a sustainable strategy has to cope with the competing – and apparently divergent – interests of all stakeholders: investors, employees, customers, governments, NGOs, and society.

In this context corporate Performance Measurement Systems (PMS) play a key role as they help companies to formalize and implement their sustainable strategies as well as to proactively identify new trajectories that help companies to appropriately reconcile the trade-offs between different stakeholders’ wants and needs.

Mura Matteo

In recent decades, sustainability practices and corporate social responsibility (CSR) have assumed primary importance for companies as well as for society in general. Although many companies have developed sustainability programs over the years, reducing carbon missions and the amount of waste by boosting operational efficiency on the other, we are seeing a mixture of sustainability tactics that do not increase sustainable strategies.

The purpose of this course is to start a debate about the role and functioning of modern societies when challenges, opportunities and possible solutions in the field of sustainability emerge. Specifically, the aim of the course is to investigate the links between CSR sustainability and the key role that digital technologies can play as a means of translating sustainability strategies into actual results.

The course will allow students to gain a solid and robust understanding of how institutional investors finance and invest in the renewable energy sector: how to assess the key commercial, legal, macro-economic and technological risks, what tools to use to mitigate them, and how to measure return on investment. Students will solve a real life business case where they will learn how to use a financial model that forecasts on a 20+ year horizon the profit & loss, balance sheet, cash-flow statement of a renewable energy company.

Over the past several decades, issues around sustainability have become important to those in industry, government and society at large.

The purpose of this module is to increase awareness of the role and functioning of modern corporations as sustainability challenges, opportunities, and solutions emerge. My objective is to enhance our collective awareness of the multiplicity of issues associated with sustainability and explore what all of this means for firms.

Towards this end, I have outlined three facets of sustainability:

  1. Adapting to new demands
  2. Dealing with multiple stakeholders
  3. Creating a temporal horizon.

That can serve as the basis for deepening your understanding of issues connected with sustainability.


Garud Raghu

Introduction to social innovation and concrete practices for transforming the organizational culture of sustainability from the reputational to the productive area.

Magalì Fia

Recent research in neuroscience points out that human behaviour is driven by different emotions that activate different cognitive areas in our brain (Panksepp, 2005). One of the primary instincts is called ‘seeking’ and represents our tendency to feel enthusiasm and curiosity about those activities that allow us to achieve the resources we need to survive. Daniel Cable, in his latest book “Alive at work”, points out that the activities that create the greatest enthusiasm at work are those in which we feel we can express our talents (self-expression), learn (experimentation) and identify the meaning of our work (purpose). Although these concepts are widely described in the literature as fundamental to increase individual motivation, modern organisations often inhibit such states with strict rules and an uninnovative internal culture, inducing a feeling of helplessness and resignation among workers, which can have significant repercussions on health and performance. The objective of this course is to analyse possible strategies to prevent this from happening and to guide employees to achieve high levels of engagement and enthusiasm at work.

Morandin Gabriele
Russo Marcello

The course aims to address the following topics:

  • Define the change taking place: structure; actors and collateral processes
  • The importance of relationships; from market exchange to other new forms of exchange; attractors and relationship developers
  • Design culture (design thinking)

The ultimate purpose of the course is to explore the many dimensions of new venture creation & growth in independent as well corporate settings looking at both process and people involved in assessing ideas, exploiting opportunities, and converting concepts into green and sustainable businesses that can really add up to a global sustainable strategy. The candidates will develop a methodological toolkit to design, understand, and evaluate green business projects. The capstone project for this course will require you to work as a team of consultants offering advice to a real-world green start-ups, using the tools you have accumulated in the course.

Pastore Alessandro


The Executive Master in Sustainability Transition Management is a master made of people, in which formal and informal opportunities for discussion are created to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences among the participants.

Networking develops among students, between students and teachers, as well as with the school community. The international dimension of the program also allows you to build a very varied and global network of contacts.

During the Study Tour, company visits and testimonials are provided that allow participants to confront managers or entrepreneurs on a significant experience. Direct contact with managers and protagonists of important companies represents a great opportunity for learning and networking.


The Executive Master in Sustainability Transition Management is an ideal path for the development of specialist skills and leadership skills. Starting from the main problems and themes that companies highlighted during the design phase in their contexts, it was possible to focus and understand the needs and expectations with respect to this training path.


Once the Master is finished, you can join the activities dedicated to the Community to expand your network.








The Master enrollment fee:

• 13.800€ (+IT VAT) individual enrollment
• 16.200 € (+IT VAT) corporate enrollment

There are 10 possible partial scholarships.

Reduced fees are available for the companies that joined the School Business Network and for early enrollment.

The fee includes: the attendance to the Master, all the study material available on the online platform and the access to the AIDA database on corporate balance sheets, a helpful tool for study and for the project works. The fee also includes access to the Bologna Business School services, to name but a few: personal wi-fi account, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, use of the study areas, access to the in-house gym, reduced prices for the School restaurant.
In addition, it offers the opportunity to take part in the events organized by the School to support the educational activities, such as the master lectures (invitation only).
A large free parking is available in the School park.


Study loan on preferential terms:

– Subsidized rate
– Payable in 10 years
– Possibility to postpone the payment of the first installment up to 36 months

For information write to


Preferential terms are available from your reference Inter-professional Fund:

• Fonditalia:
• Fondimpresa – for managers / middle management:
• Fondo Dirigenti PMI – for executives of industrial SMEs:
• Fondirigenti – for executives:
• Fon.Coop – for cooperatives:

Fondimpresa funds training activities to support product and/or process technological innovation for SMEs in the manufacturing industry. For further information click here.


The Executive Master in Sustainability Transition Management aims to provide Managers and Professionals with operational tools and strategic knowledge in order to develop their professional career on global sustainability.

The Master is open to graduates with more than 3 years of professional experience and to non graduates with at least 5 years of work experience.


The selection process takes place through the analysis of the Curriculum Vitae and an individual interview to analyze attitudes, needs and professional profile. To apply, you must send your Curriculum Vitae to

Candidates will be contacted to schedule the selection interview with the Master’s Management.

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