Executive Master's in Technology Management | University of Bologna

Technology and Innovation


The Executive Master in Technology and Innovation Management (EMTIM) was established to bring technological excellence at the centre of the enterprise innovation process. Today, ruling technology innovation means shaping leaders able to master technical subjects as well as handle managerial matters. This programme allows companies to bring to the surface the full potential of key resources in their technical staff, to be able to compete in a global context in which technology innovation is one of the pivotal levers for success. Participating in the EMTIM means growing professionally and becoming part of a technical-managerial élite, able to affect, profoundly, every level of their organization. The EMTIM was established thanks to the collaboration between technology-driven companies and the University of Bologna, its aim and approach are unique in Italy. It is a part-time programme lasting 12 months (Friday and Saturday every three weeks) that can fit with work and it is focused on three strands: General Management, Technology and Innovation Management and People Management. Traditional lectures are enriched with specific feature materials on the online platform, focus sessions and visits to companies leading in the technology innovation. The Master ends with the presentation of a project work. If you’d like to start this transformation, make an appointment with the Master’s course Heads. We’ll talk business and future.


Rosa Grimaldi

Rosa Grimaldi

Academic Director

" The challenge of international competition is won with innovation. This Master allows you to develop the skills for managing it, by implementing innovative products and processes in high-technology areas. "

Andrea Pontremoli

Andrea Pontremoli

Executive Director

" The most essential element, the determining one, is one only: the person. An innovative company cannot exist without innovative people. The EMTIM was designed in order to aid managers in understanding the present so they can design the future. "

Laura Toschi

Laura Toschi

Deputy Director

" Innovation is a managerial process of scientific discovery, technological transformation, organizational change and impact generation. The EMTIM is a dynamic, interdisciplinary, topical program, aimed at those who'd like to transform technological challenges into opportunities and, based on these, create value for the organization and the entire society. "

Class profile 2013/2019


Professional background

Professional Sector


Federico Fantini

Product Engineer, KEMET Electronics
EMTIM (Ed. 2018/2019)

"Given my technical background, first in a university research context, then within the company, I felt it was important to enrich my professional figure with managerial and innovation management skills, much needed to develop a more mature vision on company processes and promptly react to the challenges of modern industry. The EMTIM fully met my expectations, turning out to be a unique experience not only in terms of learning but also of sharing with the other high-quality professionals, with whom I had the chance to attend the classroom and perform the team activities."

Federico Monesi

Electronic Engineer, ICA
EMTIM (Ed. 2016/2017)

"After ten years of technical experience, I felt the need to complete my training with managerial skills that widened my vision of business and delivered me the tools to manage technological innovation, a differentiating element in the global competitive landscape. EMTIM was the answer to my needs, the added value was the teamwork and the relationship network."

Francesco Gadotti

Technical Department Manager, Arcese Trasporti
EMTIM (Ed.2015/16)

"Innovation arises from collaboration. During the Master I had the opportunity to test the potential that can be created when people from different realities work for a common goal."

Francesco Tozzi

R&D Researcher, Endura SpA
EMTIM (Ed. 2014/15)

"Participating in this Master's allowed me integrating my skills in an multi-disciplinary way, thus becoming able to fully understand the strategies and tools needed to develop innovative ideas for success. It's been a fascinating path, rich in emotions and hard work, carried out in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and collaboration, that is unique in its context."

Roberto Privitera

Head of Technology and Innovation, Hera
EMTIM (Ed. 2014/15)

"For several years I dealt with technological innovation and for me the Master's was the occasion to tidy up my skills. At the end of this path, I can say I've built a network of stimulating acquaintances and remarkably increased my cultural baggage, with methods and tools that are helpful for a strategic management of innovation and the related business."

Maurizio Beghi

Director Global Gas Technology Organization, Electrolux
EMTIM (Ed. 2013/14)

"I've always dealt with passion with development and management of innovative technologies, the EMTIM gave me an additional spur, integrating my skills through an exciting experience, in an intellectually young and dynamic environment. An achievement that I'm fully using every day at work."

Pierluigi Zampieri

Vehicle Innovation Manager, Ducati Motor Holding
EMTIM (Ed. 2013/14)

"The EMTIM provided me with the tools to understand the different needs of a modern company, an innovation-oriented one, and it offered me the chance to exchange views with other professionals in a stimulating and positive environment, where I acquired skills that are helpful to assess everyday work challenges from new and different viewpoints."


The Master has a duration of 12 months for a total of 34 classroom days organized in 17 two-day in-classroom sessions (Friday and Saturday, every two/three weeks). In addition to the 17 in-classroom sessions, there is a Kick Off day and a final day to present Project work to which the representatives of the participating companies and the Master community are invited.

The program develops over:


The fundamental skills are taught by way of 10 core courses which consolidate basic knowledge of managerial disciplines. All EMTIM courses are either scheduled into weekly modules or else intensive sessions given periodically during the course of the Master. Each course is characterized by didactic lessons in the classroom, individual or group study, learning on the School’s e-learning platform, and a final exam.


5 seminars aimed at transferring methodological know-how and skills to use application managerial tools: Sustainable Innovation, Design Driven Innovation, Service Management for Innovation, Advanced Project Managemt, Entrepreneurial Finance & Innovation Ecosystem.


5 evening meetings (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) with relevant players in the world of technological innovation: learning occurs via direct dialogue and the oral exchange of experiences.


Direct contact with managers and leaders of important companies in their work environments represents a great networking and learning opportunity for the students of this Master. Company visits are available to the whole EMTIM community and allow participants to discuss with managers or entrepreneurs their best practice in terms of innovation management. The visits are usually divided in three moments: presentation of the company and the main competitive aspects, a visit aimed at presenting the main company peculiarities, and discussion over innovation management within the company.


Participants organized in small groups will tackle and develop projects by testing the concepts and techniques learned during the Master on their company. The contents of the project work are developed starting with specific interests of the companies or specific business initiatives. The projects will rely on the support of professional experts (university professors and company managers) who will follow them throughout the entire path. The projects are presented during the final class.


CORE COURSE – The course aims to provide the basic skills necessary to: understand the economic-financial aspects of management; analyze the economic-financial performance of a company; utilize cost information to analyze efficiency and efficacy of company processes; manage costs during the project phases; and understand the role of budgeting control as a guiding operational mechanism for complex organizations.

Silvi Riccardo

CORE COURSE – The course presents the characteristics of operations system and the main interactions between choices of planning and production structure. The most recent methodologies in terms of cost reduction, quality, and reliability are analyzed, together with the role of providers in the innovation process. Focus is placed on lean manufacturing, demonstrating how the approach, which began in production, is now relevant to the entire company, giving rise to the lean organization.

Zanoni Andrea

CORE COURSE – The main focus of the course is the design and implementation of an IT strategy that is coherent with the comprehensive strategy of the company. The course tackles the theme of how technology should follow, and in some cases anticipate, changes at the level of the market and competitive arenas. The course provides the conceptual models necessary to understand how technological strategy can enhance company resources and solidify organizational capacities, contributing to the complete enhancement of the company’s competitive potential.

Lipparini Andrea

CORE COURSE – The course tackles the strategic, organizational, and management aspects related to the development of innovation. There will be a particular focus on the organizational aspects of new product development, R&D, and management of new product development projects.

Chierchia Lucia
Munari Federico

CORE COURSE – The course includes 3 half-day meetings and it deals with crucial topics for today’s businesses: the first meeting aims at introducing the concept of Digital Transformation and at illustrating the current scenario; the second meeting focuses more specifically on Industry 4.0 and its features; whilst the final meeting revolves around Cybersecurity.

Sobrero Maurizio

CORE COURSE – The Creativity and Innovation course focuses on the transformations that have occurred in our society determined by technological developments, which necessarily require generating innovative ideas. Taking inspiration from great thinkers of the past, the discussion will revolve around the theory underlying creative thinking mechanisms, to then get to a general model that can be used in practice, the DIMAI model (Drive, Information, Movement, Assessment, Implementation). Subsequently, the different stages of the DIMAI model shall be used for individual and group experiences, with applications on real cases. The course will end with a discussion on the social and organizational aspects of creativity.

Corazza Giovanni Emanuele

CORE COURSE – The objective of the course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills that can be useful at the beginning of the entrepreneurship process, during the phase of conceptualizing new business ideas. Focus will be placed on the subjects of recognition of entrepreneurial opportunities, feasibility analysis of a new business idea from the organizational, strategic and economic-financial points of view, concluding with a business plan.

Di Marco Paolo
Grimaldi Rosa

CORE COURSE – The objective of this course is to provide participants with the tools to promote and improve communication skills in their company and develop people well-being. The didactic activity will be carried out by way of traditional lectures and practical activities, suggesting participants how to behave in certain recurring working situations.

Franceschetti Massimo

CORE COURSE – The course provides the essential tools for managing working groups and personal development. Businesses increasingly need developing a collective, widespread leadership, able to combine the need of taking decisions with the need to listen; the need of letting individuals’ potential emerge with the need of mediating among different requirements. The modern world increasingly needs people who are more able to express themselves and more able to be together. Specifically, the aim of this course is to provide the basic tools to achieve these objectives.

Bergami Massimo
Masino Giovanni

FOCUS SESSION – The workshop aims to provide participants the knowledge and instruments related to organization and management of projects, with a particular focus on innovation projects. The subjects analyzed include project planning and control (timing, costs, and technical progress); project organization, the role of project manager and the management of the team; risk management; and management of a project portfolio.

Grandi Alessandro

FOCUS SESSION – The focus session introduces the cultures of design in the innovation processes of the product system and teaches you how to apply them through mediation by the designer. It will be discussed the Fuzzy Front End of Innovation and Design Skills in particular: principles of Advanced Design, modeling of reality, anticipation and project.

Celaschi Flaviano

FOCUS SESSION – The development of an innovative project requires resources that aren’t often available in the company or entrepreneurial group. Therefore, it’s necessary to get to know one’s own reference innovative ecosystem, to understand which players (investors, incubators, accelerators, businesses) and which initiatives are available to promote innovation in its different development stages. The goal of the course is to provide participants with the basic skills to assess, from a financial point of view, their innovative project and figure out which form of support to turn to in order to accelerate its growth process. There will be a special focus on the advantages and disadvantages that characterize the different forms of funding and on the strategic decisions that every innovation manager needs to take, within an ecosystem-based rationale. 

Toschi Laura

FOCUS SESSION – The component of service is pervasive also within traditional manufacturing chains and is constantly growing. The aim of the workshop is to analyse the main challenges connected to the management of the immaterial component of the business. This will be done analysing the main specificities that the service activities bring to the attention of the management, attributing a specific emphasis to the design of services that are consistent with (the growing) expectations of recipients.


Marzocchi Gian Luca

FOCUS SESSION – Even though many companies have developed sustainability programs over the years, we are currently witnessing a combination of sustainable approaches that are unable to constitute a truly sustainable strategy. The aim of this workshop is to develop a debate on the role and performance of companies, with regards to sustainability challenges, opportunities, and new solutions. Specifically, the objective is to describe and unravel the connections between management of innovation and the theme of sustainability within companies.

Mura Matteo

Learning method

The study methodology of the Master alternates classroom learning with distance learning activities on the School’s e-learning platform, which is constantly monitored by dedicated instructors.

The distance learning activities entail a weekly work-plan on the School’s e-learning platform that provides an individual learning activity overseen by the specific tutor. The platform is equipped with a Forum aimed at the real time sharing of comments and follow-up between professors and participants.

Courses allow participants to study a single subject area, ensuring an effective path to progress.
The Master is held in two different locations: a physical one at Villa Guastavillani, home to the Bologna Business School in Bologna, and a virtual one, i.e. the e-learning platform.
Each course begins with an in-classroom session. The professor holds an introductory class, evaluates the competency level of participants on a specific topic, and informs them about how to use the material they will find on the platform and the objectives of the course. During the following weeks the participants continue the course on the platform. Therefore, the learning path is linear, constantly monitored by the course tutor, who is always available for clarifications and follow-up.
8 hours of study per week are expected. Each course concludes with a final test to evaluate the level of learning each candidate has achieved.


The partner companies of the School actively collaborated in the planning of the EMTIM Master.
These are companies and institutions for which the management of technological innovation represents a key skill at the base of value creation. Starting with the main problems and themes that these companies raised during the negotiation phase related to technological innovation management within their own context, it was possible to pinpoint and understand the needs of innovation-focused companies, and their expectations with regard to this course.

The following editions of the Master allowed for the inclusion of further companies and institutions within the annual re-programming and delivery phases. The companies also worked in the organization of testimonials, discussion of company case studies, creation of the project works and in the company visits to factories and research centers.









The enrollment fee for the Master’s course is:

  • 16.200 euros (+VAT) for enrollments from companies and institutions
  • 13.800 euros (+VAT) for individual enrollments

Special rates are avalaible for companies that participate in the Business Network of the School and early bird registrations.

The fees include participation in the Master, all the study material available through the online platform, and access to the AIDA database on company financial statements which is useful for study and project work. The fees also include access to the Alma Bologna Business School such as: personal account for the Wi-Fi, use of the pcs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the internal gym.

Furthermore, the fees give participants the right to take advantage of the supporting activities of the School, such as the Master Lectures by invitation.
Free parking is also available within the grounds of the School.


Long-term and low-interest loan:

– Repayable in 10 years
– Reduced interest rate
– Possibility to postpone the 1st payment fee to 36 months

For more information please mail to emtim@bbs.unibo.it


Special reductions are available through participants own interprofessional funds:

Fondimpresa finances the training to support technological product and/or process innovation of participating SME from the manufacturing sector. For more information click here.


The Executive Master in Technology and Innovation Management is geared to high potential professionals with more than 3 years of work experience in the technical areas of high innovation companies (technicians, project managers, researchers, developers, engineers).
Furthermore the Master is designed for team leaders or managers of company units with high levels of technological innovation; professionals, managers and consultants who oversee highly innovative projects and entrepreneurs in sectors with a high utilization of innovative technologies. The program is open to graduates and to persons who do not hold a degree. In the latter case a minimum of 5 years of work experience is required.


The selection process is made through an analysis of the Curriculum Vitae and an individual interview aimed at identifying the professional profile of the candidates with regard to their participation in the Master.

Neither audits nor participation in single courses is allowed.


The selection interview is necessary but not binding. If necessary, a second meeting can be held to provide further clarification.

Yes, there are two, one for each round of admission. Following the selection, two admission rankings will be published, and it will be possible to proceed with registration to the Master.

The majority of participants have degrees. A quota of applicants who do not hold a three year degree and with a minimum 8 years of professional experience can be admitted, up to 20%.

It is possible to meet one or more current or past students by contacting the Program Manager who will provide their contact details.

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


Faculty members at Bologna Business School work together offering outstanding teaching standards. An international and interdisciplinary approach is guaranteed by a joint team of distinguished national core professors, adjunct, visiting professors, guest speakers and top managers.

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