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 May 2022, 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. "



    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:

14 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.
Petrini Elisa

The new sustainable transformation global agenda calls for a transdisciplinaryand interdisciplinaryanalysis of society’s complexityand crises.Ecological Economics gain hence a central role focusing on governingeconomicactivity while promoting sustainability, justice and well-being.Focusing on shared prosperity, human centered development and circular economy international leading agendas define the road forward. The United Nations2030 Agenda andthe SDGs act as roadmapfor sustainability transition and globallocal andbusiness level. A call for all stakeholders, to collaborate and cooperate defining the necessary solutions to thepressing problems of Climate and Water Crisis, Inequalities, andSocial Justiceand contributefor a sustainable and resilientfuture.This course aimsat converging different agendas and systemic thinking surroundingecologicaleconomics and analyze the contribution toward the SDGs and Sustainable Development. Furthermore,aiming developing a critical thinking toward identified problems and solutions. With a focuson the centralrole ofentrepreneurshipand businesssectoras a driver of innovation and change.

Human-caused climate change is one of the most serious issue of our time and it portends
unprecedented environmental changes for our societies and future generations. Terms like “global
warming”, “climate change” or “greenhouse effect” are nowadays commonly used by non-specialists,
although this is often done without a clear understanding of the science behind them. Understanding
the science of human-caused climate change is essential to understand the economic, political and
moral dimension of it, and ultimately to tackle it. The objective of this course is to explain the basics of
the climate change science in a concise yet rigorous way, providing the scientific knowledge which
underlies all aspect of the human-induced climate change problem.

Pascale Salvatore

The course focuses on the geographies and geopolitics of climate and environmental change and the related socio-ecological and political challenges. It aims to provide an overview on the development of climate and environmental thought, politics and governance and it adopts geographical approaches to reflect on the key actors, processes and conflicts. These issue are analyzed at a global scale together with regional focus in the Global South especially in Central and Southeast Asia.

Zinzani Andrea

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 – adapting to new demands, dealing with multiple stakeholders and creating a temporal horizon– that can serve as the basis for deepening your understanding of issues connected with sustainability.

Garud Raghuram

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.


Zanni Sara

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.

Ghetti Riccardo

Overall aim of this course is to cover the most important aspects of value chain, including those aspects that concern interorganizational/supply chain or intraorganizational issues, e.g., sourcing and distribution, and to explain how sustainability-oriented innovation needs to be considered across all the aspects. Above all, instead of sustainability being treated separately, the intention in this course is that sustainability-oriented approach is considered in the context of each topic.

Miandar Toloue

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

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

Magalì Fia

Moving from linear to circular economy needs a complete rethinking of products, processes and supply chains. This transition calls for the adoption of an anticipatory approach based on which the life-span, the functions, and the generation of waste should be kept in mind in the design stage to identify and prevent potential impacts in each step of the value chain but also maximize, add and maintain value in the further loops. Despite the existence of waste management systems, materials are still a pervasive presence in the environment, with resulting social concerns. By reconnecting societal needs and environmental pressures with company value proposition, externalities can be reduced, and value can be shared. Circular economy is the way to embrace corporate responsibility: reuse, repair, refurbish, remanufacture and repurpose, over than recycling, are among the circular strategies that support organizations to address a socio-technical innovation and change the business models in a sustainable way.

Foschi Eleonora

The course “geohazard and sustainability” will focus on the importance of geohazard and risk management in sustainable development. The environmental factors controlling and promoting the occurrence of a variety of natural events (e.g., earthquakes, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, extreme climatic events) will be analyzed, and the impact of these events on the environment, society, and business will be discussed, also with the help of guest lecturers
from business, industry, and public institutions.
The objectives of the course are: i) to help the students understand the importance of identifying, assessing, and managing geohazards in pursuing the UN SDGs, ii) to provide the students with a basic background on the factors that control the occurrence of natural events and disasters, iii) to raise the attention to the potential effects that natural hazards may have on business and society, and iv) to highlight the long-term effects that human activity can have on the environment.

Donati Davide
  • Global energy scenario: production, demand and forecasts
  • Circular economy and energy production (low enthalpy thermal waste recovery and waste management for energy purposes).
  • Smart Energy Districts
  • Hydrogen production and dispatch
Ancona Maria Alessandra


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.


Programme Advisory Committee


  • Castagna Mourão e Lima Andrea – Safety and Ethics Principal Delivery Hero
  • Davide Collini – CEO, B-Plas
  • Andrea Saverio Cornacchia , CEO Carbon Credit Consulting
  • Lucia Freschi, PR Manager Packaging & Sustainability, Tetra Pak
  • Luca Orlandi, PMO – Program & Transformation Office Manager Aeroporto G. Marconi
  • Olivia Yeh – Head of EMEA Customer Supply Chain, Amazon & Etail
  • Giovanna Zacchi – Responsabile Sustainability & ESG Manager BPER


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







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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.


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.


The selection process consists of an interview with the Master’s Director, organised by the Program Manager upon candidate request and after sending of the Curriculum Vitae. The interview is not binding on enrollment.

No, it is not. The Executive Masters are not University Masters, therefore they do not have ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), that in Italy are called “crediti formativi universitari (CFU).

At the end of the Master, a certificate of attendance (which includes the achieved results) and a Diploma of Participation (upon verification of successful completion of each course and of at least a 70% of class attendance) are issued.

The program manager can provide attendance certificates at the end of each lesson to those who require it.

No, because it is not a university Master.

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