Supply Chain and Operations


The Supply Chain and Operations Executive Master’s course aims at supporting the strategic positioning of an enterprise and improving the management of operations and supply chain, fostering a systemic view of activities concerning product and process: from material procurement to product delivery.

It is necessary to face the international challenges connected to innovation and changes caused by the industry 4.0 revolution in order to have more competitive performances, so that choices can be made based on the knowledge of technology trends and the solutions adopted by leading companies.

During the classroom lectures, the main problems of production management and supply chain are analyzed, as these topics were identified by Bologna Business School partner companies as the critical factors for growth. Also company visits are organized and meetings with managers and industry professionals: invaluable occasions to exchange views that allow contextualizing the knowledge and tools that have been acquired. 

The Supply Chain and Operations Executive Master‘s course will allow participants to accelerate their career. The course provides strategic and executive skills, relevant for different corporate functions and aimed at extending the decision-making ability as well as increasing the extent to which this course can be put to use on the professional market, for businesses in the near future. 

The program features 34 classroom days, part-time formula (Friday and Saturday, every two/three weeks), plus one day devoted to the presentation of the final project works. The different teaching methods and activities also make use of an e-learning platform, allowing to be in touch with the other participants, tutor and course faculty, at any time.


Book an interview with the course’s Directors to become the protagonist of a central function in the future of businesses.


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Andrea Zanoni

Andrea Zanoni

Academic Director

" The topics provide an integrated vision of the activities and allow enhancing the contributions and the experiences of the participants. Particular focus is on the application of new technologies to the world of operations and to emerging issues of sustainability and environmental aspects. The balance between lectures delivered by scholars and professionals ensures the scientific rigour and the contact with reality of this initiative. "

Paolo Barbieri

Paolo Barbieri

Deputy Director

" Supply Chain and Operations are the backbone of an enterprise. Managing them effectively can provide an outstanding competitive boost, but it requires strategic vision skills and knowledge of the appropriate operational tools. In recent years, the profound transformation of the value system generated the need to renew the managerial skills of those who work in these corporate functions. The objective of the master is to train these profiles of excellence, helping them to value the role of Supply Chain and Operations like driving forces of the competitiveness of their enterprise. "



Professional Background


Antonio Lamparella

Production Planning Specialist, FAAC Simply Automatic
EMSCO (ed. 2020/2021)

"Participating in EMSCO means investing in yourself. The master course has been characterized by a mix of lessons carried out at 360 degrees. It was a unique experience; it took a lot of effort to bring it to an end, but I’d do it again tomorrow. The added value was meeting high-level professors and creating a very interesting network of contacts with professionals in the sector that I will benefit in the future."

Francesco Murziani Fuchs

Site Manager, BaderOya Oilfield Service Company
EMSCO (ed. 2020/2021)

"Master with high content; teachers-professionals super prepared, able to capture the attention of the classroom even during the discussion of the most complex issues. Thanks to them and to the companions of "travel" I had the opportunity to confront myself with sophisticated instruments never before faced, in a very stimulating context. Going back to the classroom made me realize that studying is fundamental and that despite the work you can do with profit and satisfaction, learning to give the best."

Veronica Regalli

Shipping Agent, Sidel Group
EMSCO (ed. 2020/2021)

"The Master and the school surround your life, not only the professional one, but also the everyday one. They take you by the hand and take you out of your comfort zone, where incredible things can happen. They take you on a new path, and you start to realize, that you’ve never considered certain aspects of things, that you’ve never considered certain nuances, that if they first seemed insignificant to you, then they start to weigh in on your decisions. "

Matteo Pirisi

Supply Chain & Logistics Director, I.C.R. Industrie Cosmetiche Riunite
EMSCO (ed. 2020/2021)

"The EMSCO Master, in addition to being a confirmation of the best techniques and methods already learned in the field, has proved a valuable evolution supported by the best practices. The faculty, tutors and professionals involved in the training process are the real winning factor of this path."

Maria Pia Montagna

Industrial and Business Controller, International Paper
EMSCO (ed. 2020/2021)

"Participating in the EMSCO Master means opening a window on the world of Operations and the Supply Chain to have a 360 º view not only on the techniques and principles related to these areas, but to approach them with the eyes of change and innovation, with the perspective of those who always ask why and want to know, improve and solve. A strong motivation is needed to combine work and personal commitments with study, but it is worth it. Breadth of thought, diversity, focused, tenacious and innovative approach: these are the main things that I will put in my luggage at the end of this journey."

Luana Vetere

Planning & Logistic Coordinator, Dallara
EMSCO (ed. 2019/2020)

"The Master grants you an all-round experience: a competent faculty, fellow participants from a variety of businesses and important guests contribute to create a new, fascinating picture, in which you feel you want to and can participate as a protagonist: the buzzword here is innovation!"

Alessandro Bernabei

Plant Manager, Bucchi
EMSCO (ed. 2019/2020)

"The Master gave me new vantage points, concrete applications, perspective and overview. The course focused on the Supply Chain and Operations as a whole, and now we have acquired integrated and efficient tools for the challenges that await us."

Letizia Smillovich

Logistics Methods Engineer, Pietro Beretta
EMSCO (ed. 2017/2018)

"Network, versatility, professional growth, teamwork: these are just some of the attributes I feel I can associate with this experience. The continuous comparison with teachers and professionals has developed in me professional and human stimuli, as well as the opportunity to look to the future with a different perspective. Commitment is required, time becomes a very precious scarce resource and it is necessary to find the balance between study and work in a short time. However, do not worry: a constant and motivated commitment is rewarded with highly gratifying work and personal results."

Matteo Palmieri

Production-Assembly Area Manager, Electrolux
EMSCO (ed. 2017/2018)

"Participation in this Master was an intense and rewarding experience. The purely academic lectures were cleverly alternated with testimonies of the highest professional profile and strong experiential value, thus transferring both theoretical and applicative skills. I conclude this path aware of having widened the horizon of my knowledge and of my chances of professional growth, and above all, knowing that I am part of a group of fantastic people with whom we have shared efforts and ideas, with which I am sure we will continue to have friendships and mutual support."

Eleonora Marongiu

Supply Chain Project Manager, Magneti Marelli
EMSCO (ed. 2017/2018)

"The Masters in Supply Chain & Operations at BBS is first of all a great opportunity that you can give yourself. The professional comparison with colleagues, teachers and companies allows you to absorb new ideas and open your mind to different realities. It is a step away from your daily life that teaches you to observe the business context and the world of the Supply Chain with a closer and prepared look ."

Alessandro Barzan

Process and Product Development Manager, Italcab
EMSCO (ed. 2017/2018)

"Participating in this master is like climbing high altitude: the journey allows you to acquire an overview and to grasp new horizons. It is definitely an opportunity for great personal growth: from the confrontation with fellow travelers, teachers and professionals who come together are born stimuli and ideas that lead to new questions and to broaden your mind. You then return to the ground with new skills to see and navigate, with tools, questions, ideas and charge to build new paths for improvement for yourself, for others and for your company."

Simone Tosi

Plant Director, Glem Gas
EMSCO (ed. 2016/2017)

"The pursuit of improving my professional performance, led me to face the Master in Supply Chain & Operations with BBS. The added value that I most appreciated is the mix between the academic path and the testimony of practitioners from various sectors who contextualized the theoretical part of reality, which was really different from each other. This helped me to drop the tools seen at the Master in my business reality."

Simone Marchiotto

Logistics / Site Manager, Panalpina Trasporti Mondiali
EMSCO (ed. 2016/2017)

"Why participate in an executive master? It's like making more light. It improves the vision, you see new details, other shades. Professional and human experiences to compare, new ideas and tools of action. To question consolidated behaviors that do not yield more results. Learn techniques to experience different approaches."

Floriano Lazzarin

Logistics Coordinator, Magneti Marelli Motorsport
EMSCO (ed. 2016/2017)

"An innovative Master that provides a complete overview of the supply chain, proposing different perspectives on the reality of operations and the nature of flows in the modern enterprise."

Sofia Ghizzoni

Industrial Area Planning and Budgeting, Automobili Lamborghini
EMSCO (ed. 2016/2017)

"This Master is a 360 degree growth area, and the didactic teachings are practically applicable at a professional level, and the sharing of experience by professors and classmates is a source of inspiration, and participation in the Master leads to more effective management of time to find a balance no longer home-work, but studio-home-work."


The Master is divided into 34 classroom days organized in 17 residential (Friday and Saturday, every two / three weeks) to which is added a day dedicated to the presentation of the final project work.

The Master consists of:


6 Core Courses concerning management themes about processing, restocking, transport, storage and distribution activities carried out in the companies. The fundamentals related to the various topics will be systematically and constantly discussed by featuring the structural changes occurring in the various activities following to the ongoing technological revolution called The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0; Moreover, there will be a focus on the study of interpretation and use of economic-financial data in decision-making processes and the knowledge and competencies useful to foster the development of leadership and people management skills;


33 weeks of distance learning by using the e-learning platform of the school. It includes the study of didactic materials, the conduct of exercises, discussion of business cases and the comparison of the questions posed by the tutor and colleagues on the dedicated forum;  m


5 seminars concerning performance and operation analysis: Sustainable Supply Chain, Digital Transformation, Service Operations Management, Service Management, Toyota Production System.


3 Company Visits, business visits dedicated to the field-analysis of operating and organizational solutions;


8 evening meetings (5.30 – 7.30 pm) with prominent personalities and dealing with significant issues, useful to foster the exchange of ideas and continuous updating;


1 Project Work which ends the activities of each module and allows contextualizing the acquired knowledge and tools. It can be developed both individually and in small groups. This project is a key benefit both for  participants and companies. The project work is the hallmark activity of the programme and allows developing, from an operational point of view, the acquired knowledge, techniques and tools.





CORE COURSE – Over the last few years, relevant changes have been taking place, mainly due to technological convergence, which many people compare to a new industrial revolution known as Industry 4.0. The availability of intelligent software, new materials, anthropomorphic robots, new production processes based on AM technologies, big data and web-based services, undermine the fundamental rules of mass production systems, allowing for the manufacturing of customized products, in limited quantities and at low costs. Similarly to any other revolution, this one too has potentially disruptive consequences, both in economic and organizational terms. The features of the products/services and of the production processes radically change. As from today – though in the near future this phenomenon will be even more relevant – the companies that aim at achieving positions of competitive advantage focus on these new challenges in order to provide innovative responses. The amount, complexity and impact of the decisions required to design the Supply Chain and  Operations need a new systemic vision and sound reference models. This course will carry out a cross-cutting analysis of the whole educational programme of the Master’s and will be applied in accordance with the topics discussed, in order to develop a thematically consistent path.

Bontempi Andrea

CORE COURSE – This module develops logistics and inventory management in the current business, industrial or services framework through the discussion and analysis of technical and management solutions presently available and expected in the near future. In particular, the investigation will focus on logistics inside the production systems, the design and management of goods storage systems and the design and management of both inbound and outbound distribution networks by means of an approach based on the intensive use of exercises, case studies and learning by doing.

  • Logistics inside the production systems
  • Efficient design of the layout
  • Handling systems of the materials: from conventional to flexible automatic systems
  • Principles and solutions for goods storage
  • Available technological solutions
  • Design of a storage system
  • Allocation of goods and criteria for picking
  • Inventory Management
  • Reference strategies and corresponding application fields
  • Cross analysis of stock-consumption
  • Design and management of the distribution network (inbound and outbound)
  • Fundamentals of network design
  • Location of the intermediate and final distribution centres
  • Stock allocation policies throughout the network
Manzini Riccardo
Regattieri Alberto

CORE COURSE – The module features an integrated vision of the models developed for the Manufacturing & Quality Management, by intertwining the phases of the management process of production – from the identification of the crucial performances that the operating system shall ensure, to the efforts to improve the various activities – with the management models that it is preferable to apply to the specific production conditions. The main Key Performance Indicators will be illustrated as well, which allow monitoring the performances of the system and leading its improvement.
• The performance aspects: efficiency, service, quality.
• The main reference models: Lean Manufacturing, World Class Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management
• The production planning: from Sales and Operations Planning to Scheduling
• The production organization: models of physical organization in the factory (departments, lines, islands), MES systems
• The continuous improvement: Change Management in the production management, Kaizen approach.

Gherardi Giuseppe
Marini Mauro

CORE COURSE – People management is a fundamental variable within the world of supply chain and operations. The necessity of maintaining high productivity, continuously improving production processes and supporting the frequent changes of technology and of customers’ needs, cannot be done with unmotivated people. All the people managers in performing their task shall have, in their professional toolkit, instruments and techniques to make the most of people’s skills in an increasingly rapid and complex world.

  • How people “work” – starting from neurosciences for a modern people management
  • Leadership in times of uncertainty – starting from oneself to improve one’s influence
  • Motivation of people and performance management – identifying motivations and successful skills
  • Creating and leading an improvement and innovation team – finding the right people and maintaining the link
  • The change management – using the change map to foster emotional traditions.
Ghini Massimiliano

FOCUS SESSION – The workshop will analyse and develop some typical issues of operations management, dealing with them through a quantitative modelling to support the decision-making process. The main topics that will be analysed concern, on the one hand, tools of management control aimed at supporting the implementation process of the business strategy and, on the other hand, quantitative methodologies and approaches on a statistical-econometric basis, aimed at connecting control systems with the database available to the company. In particular, the main contents of the workshop concern: development and implementation of systems of measurement and control of business performances (Performance Measurement Systems); definition and validation of key performance indicators; methodologies and tools of business analytics with special focus on descriptive analytics and predictive analytics

Mura Matteo

CORE COURSE – This module focuses on the management of suppliers and on the purchasing process.

The supply strategy will be analysed in terms of market analysis, development of a portfolio of suppliers and of management of the specific product category of purchase (number and typology of suppliers; methods to manage the relationship: collaborative vs. competitive; opportunities and risks when turning to global sourcing). The purchasing method is analysed in its fundamental stages, in particular focusing on methods and techniques for their streamlining. The module also features a wide overview on modern management tools of procurement (i.e. vendor rating advanced systems, risk management tools for purchases) and a specific in-depth analysis of international purchases, developed also through the analysis of real cases.

  • Portfolio for the strategic management of suppliers: Kraljic matrix and recent approaches
  • The stages of the purchasing process: detailed analysis and streamlining measures
  • The partnership relationship with the supplier: methods, advantages and weaknesses
  • Creating (and using) an advanced vendor rating system
  • Risk-management for purchases
  • International purchases in a changing world: global sourcing, re-shoring or “right-shoring”?
  • Industry 4.0: impacts on the supply relationship.
Barbieri Paolo
Finotti Cristian

CORE COURSE – A correct layout of the Supply Chain and business Operations requires the skills to assess ex ante the economic and financial effects of the decisions that are taken and to check them ex post. The course adopts this perspective, providing  participants with the management accounting tools aimed at understanding the budget of a current or prospective supplier, making assessments for business decisions, understanding the trade-off between discounts and deferments of payment in a commercial negotiation, assessing the Total Cost of Ownership of a supply. All these concepts will be illustrated by means of cases taken from real business applications.

  • Economic analysis of the operating processes
  • Total Cost of Ownership of the supplier
  • Assessment of the financial impact of different layouts of the Supply Chain
  • From the purchase cost to the Life Cycle Costing
  • Economic-financial analysis of current or prospective suppliers: managerial techniques and assessments
  • Value creation throughout the supply chain
Visani Franco

CORE COURSE – After developing the decisions of competitive positioning of the company, the process of value creation for customer and the identification of critical success factors that shall orientate the supply chain and operations decisions will be analysed, highlighting the existing relationships between them and business strategic choices. When dealing with the topic of the “enlarged operating system”, both the impact of purchases on competitiveness and the policies that can be implemented for the creation and management of a supply chain consistent with the pursued strategy will be highlighted.

  • The strategic positioning of the company and the identification of critical success factors
  • The alignment between business strategy and production system
  • Operations and Supply Chain as value generators
  • Production strategies and multi-location
  • The make or buy decisions: vertical integration or production decentralization
  • The supply chain strategy: orientation towards efficiency or responsiveness
  • The impact of new technologies: Industry 4.0.
Contino Giovanni
Zanoni Andrea

FOCUS SESSION – The stringent regulations in the field of emissions and recycling and the widespread awareness of the need to reduce the impact that the production and development system has on the planet and on humanity, makes more and more contemporary talk about sustainability and Supply Chain Sustainable.

The purpose of this workshop is to analyze the production system and the entire Supply Chain from the point of view of potential impacts on the environment and society and to present methods and tools for the analysis of sustainability and for the identification of the best Trade-off between efficiency and environmental sustainability, if in contrast, as well as enhancing any synergistic elements between these two drivers.

Mora Cristina

FOCUS SESSION – The seminar provides the theoretical concepts of the “Toyota Way” production method and a practical-experiential part in which all the participants will be able to touch the operating principles that characterize the Toyota world.

Learning approach


Each course starts within a residential session and usually takes a half day spent in class. The teacher gives an introductory lesson, assesses the level of expertise of participants, describes the goals and contents of the module as well as the best methods to use the material included in the platform.

During the following weeks, the participants will continue the course interacting with the e-learning platform. Therefore, learning has a linear path, continuously monitored by the tutor, who is always open to explanations and further discussions. The plan provides for about 8 hours of individual study per week.

Over the weeks dedicated to each course, two residential one-day meetings are held. They focus on explanations and discussions of the topics of the ongoing course. Therefore, this model of course allows a repeated alternation of individual study with classroom lessons, which we deem particularly useful for learning.

The Master’s Course features 4 tests to assess the learning level.



The Executive Master’s Course in Supply Chain & Operations is made up of people, providing both formal and informal dialogue opportunities, to foster the exchange of ideas and experiences among participants. The networking develops among the students of the same class, between participants and teachers, as well as with students of other courses and with the School community.

In Company

The direct contact with managers and protagonists of relevant business situations in their working environment is a great learning and networking opportunity. The 4 business visits allow participants to meet managers or entrepreneurs representing models of excellence in the area.

In-company sessions in first edition were held at the following companies:

  • Toyota Material Handling
  • Marchesini Group
  • Comer Industries
  • Philip Morris
  • Technogym
  • Bonfiglioli Riduttori
  • Lamborghini
  • Electrolux

Leader’s Corner

The Executive Master’s Course in Supply Chain & Operations features a continual discussion among participants and the relevant figures of logistics and production, through the dialogue and the narrative of particularly significant personal business experiences. These meetings have a double goal: opening a direct exchange of excellent direct experiences and fostering reflections on one’s own managerial experience.

Key Speakers:

  • Bruno Mussini, Faber
  • Paolo Zanella, ThyssenKrupp Acciai Speciali Terni
  • Gianpaolo Fedrigo, Coveme
  • Gianfranco Giorgni, Ducati
  • Francesco Scida, Lamborghini
  • Fabrizio Sasdelli, Cima
  • Marco Manfredini, Arcese
  • Francesco Montanari, Datalogic
  • Donato Marra, Arkimat
  • Gianpaolo Fedrigo, Coveme
  • Gianmarco Biagi, Luxury living Group
  • Davide Di Marzo, Bossard
  • Francesco Milicia, Ducati
  • Enrico Vita, Amplifon
  • Carlo Serpentino, Philip Morris International
  • Cristiano Trenchi, Lidl
  • Pier Luigi Cavicchi, De Longhi


The Executive Master’s Course in Supply Chain & Operations is the ideal path to develop management capabilities and leadership skills. Many companies choose it as a tool aimed at enhancing their key resources or directly by managers and entrepreneurs who have decided to invest personally in their future. Starting from the main issues and topics that companies highlighted during the design stage in their contexts, it was possible to focus on and understand needs and expectations concerning this advanced educational path.

The design meetings were attended by:

AEPI, Aeroporto Marconi, Assa Abloy, Baschieri & Pellagri, Bondioli & Pavesi Group, Camst, Datalogic, Ducati, Effer, Gruppo Hera, Lamborghini, Log.out.Lab, Laminam, Poste Italiane, Sacmi, Selcom Group, Simer, Soilmec – Gruppo Trevi, USCO Vimar




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Programme Advisory Committee

  • Andrea Costantini – Head Of Production, Lamborghini
  • Giovanni Palopoli – Western Europe Operations Vice President, Barilla
  • Giovanna Montani – FTL Sales Director Europe, Arcese
  • Stefano Cortiglioni – Academy Director & TMHE TPS Senior Advisor, Toyota Material Handling
  • Andrea Bontempi – Partner, KMPG Advisory
  • Eleonora Marongiu – Purchasing Director, Selcom Group
  • Valeria Rojas – Line Lead, Philips Morris International







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The tuition fee for the Master is 16.200 euro (+VAT) for enrolments from companies and institutions

The tuition fee for the Master is 13.800 euro (+VAT) for individual enrolments

Early bird reduced fees are available.

For further information:

The tuition fee includes:

  • Free access to the gym
  • BBS Community events
  • Computer lab
  • Wi-fi access
  • Access to corporate budget databases


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


Special reductions are available through participants own interprofessional funds:

Fondimpresa – for middle management:
Fondo Dirigenti PMI – for managers of industrial SME:
Fondirigenti – for directors:
Fon.Coop – for cooperative companies:

Fondimpresa finances education for product’s and/or process’ technological innovation concerning its SMEs of the manufacturing sector. For further information click here.


The Master’s course is addressed to managers, professionals and consultants who work:

  • in industrial companies that have or intend to have a critical success factor in the Supply Chain and in the Operations;
  • in companies providing services for which operations represent one of the relevant activities to be presided over;
  • in companies of the logistics field oriented to understanding their customers’ issues and needs.

Typically, participants are graduates with a few years of experience, although a limited number of non-graduated individuals with significant experience are also allowed to participate.


I The selection process will be carried out analysing the applicants’ Curriculum Vitae and by way of an individual interview, aimed at identifying the applicant’s professional profile and the consistency with his/her participation in the Master’s course. In order to participate in the selections for the Master’s course, please send your Curriculum Vitae to Applicants will be contacted to arrange the interview.


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.

The Program Manager can send a certificate of attendance record at the end of the didactic sessions to those that make a request, upon verification of the attendance.

In order to get admitted to the Master Executive, it is required to have a Bachelor’s Degree, however, a limited number of places are available for those who do not have a Bachelor’s Degree but that can demonstrate to have significant professional experience, to be evaluated during the assessment interview.

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.

No, because it is not a university Master.

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