HR & Organization

Recognizing value

The aim of the Master in HR & Organization is to make companies and individuals more competitive and thereby open the door to international growth, by applying theories, research and specific tools to the role of human resources.

With the aim of enhancing human capital, a systematic approach to organization management is developed, which, from the foundations of management, focuses on the core activities of area planning.

The program is international in scope, meaning that students collaborate with professors, successful companies and managers from some of the most advanced organizations in this sector. To complement their classroom experience, students will develop their own professional project, designed to improve their teamwork skills and attitude towards working in a team.

The Master in HR & Organization involves a year of demanding training which, as well as guaranteeing greater employability when they go on to look for work, equips participants to take on the challenges of the managerial roles to which they all aspire.

The program is the only one of its kind in Italy to be held in English and one of the few HR Masters in the world awarded with EFMD Programme accreditation. It consists of interactive lessons, meetings with alumni of the Master, international and group assignments and in-company workshops, concluding with a final internship lasting three or four months. This gives students the chance to put themselves to the test and launch a career geared towards growth in a company, consultancy firm or other organization.

This program is the first Italian Inter-University Master in HRO, thanks to the collaboration of the Universities of Bologna, Ferrara, Modena, and Reggio Emilia.

The Master in HR & Organization has reached an important milestone, since in 2020 it has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a “fully aligned” program with the SHRM Curriculum Guidelines, thus highlighting how the master in HR&O allows its participants to develop all the fundamental skills of HR professionals.

SHRM is the largest human resources company in the world that has been operating for over 70 years with over 300,000 members worldwide. This important recognition gives the possibility to BBS students – at the end of the master – to present applications to become a HR Certified Professional, taking a special exam.



If you would like to learn how to manage human resources as a key to company growth, contact the master Program Manager.



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The Italian Association of Human Resources Management (AIDP) will give the best Project Work Team the AIDP Award for Bar-Raisers that consists of a study tour in Europe, dedicated to young talents specialized in the HRO field.


The program benefits from additional partnerships with:

Global Players

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HRO Leaders

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Italian Champions




Program Advisory Committee:

  • Alessandro Camilleri – Head of Learning & Organizational Development, Hera Group
  • Alessandro Zollo – CEO Italy, Great Place to Work Institute
  • Alfredo Montanari – Managing Director, Bologna Business School
  • Alice Corradi – Head of People & Organization, University of Bologna
  • Arturo Pagán –Deputy Human Resources Director Acting in his Personal Capacity, United Nations Population Fund
  • Claudio Colombi – Executive Vice President HR, Coesia Group
  • Cristina Danelatos – Group HR Director, Montenegro Group
  • Deike Rickers – HR Specialist, FAAC Group
  • David Conradie – Partner, Deloitte Italy
  • Francesco Bianco – Regional HR Director Africa, Middle East, Asia, Pacific, Vodafone
  • Gianni Baccan – Head of Recruiting, Unipol Group
  • Giovanni Papa – Senior Relationship Manager, LinkedIn
  • Isabella Covili Faggioli – President, AIDP and Managing Director, IC Consulting
  • Laura Innocente – Senior Manager Leadership Development & Change, Mercer
  • Livio Zingarelli – Head of HR & Business Transformation – Italy, Israel & Greece, Philips
  • Marianna Lorenzi – HR Business Partner, General Electric Oil & Gas
  • Massimo Milletti – Founder and President, Eric Salmon & Partners
  • Michele Conchetto –  Group Head of HR, Salvagnini
  • Nicola Parrini – HR Country Director – Italy, SCA Care of Life  
  • Rossella Seragnoli – President Emilia-Romagna, AIDP and HR Director di Ammeraal Beltech – member of Ammega
  • Umberto Tossini – Human Resources and Organization Director, Lamborghini Automobili

Gabriele Morandin

Gabriele Morandin

Co-Director of Studies

" This is a challenging program, providing a 360°-education. A unique and exciting setting to join, whereby you learn fundamentals in HRO and are involved in different projects collaborating with a community of students, professors and managers. "

Marcello Russo

Marcello Russo

Co-Director of Studies

" An international master in the crossroads of Europe, where students can learn techniques and skills aimed at enhancing people's human capital. Innovative knowledge of HRO, projects developed with the collaboration of leading companies and a multiethnic class make this program a unique and worthwhile learning experience. "

CLASS PROFILE A.Y. 2020/2021




  • 26 y.o.


  • 25%


  • 9


  • 51%


  • 1 year



The MHRO is a full-time program built around the following learning experiences:


The program starts with kick-off and ice-breaking sessions, which lead into the first term. During the first term, the fundamentals of business are addressed in order to understand companies mode of operation, HR managers role and to provide students with a managerial mind-set. Moreover, during the first term, students focus on ethic and corporate social responsibility topics.
The concepts are organized in the following courses, related to the “Fundamentals in Business Organization” area:

Students are then introduced to key topics in organization and human resources management, by an HR Core Practices review with reference to changes introduced by the Digital Transformation in the HR world. The main goal is to understand the leading challenges and opportunities in the Industry 4.0 era.
Both academic professors and qualified managers lead students through the HR main responsibilities patch. The framework is organized into different courses, as pictured below:


In the meantime, students are involved in different activities, which help them developing soft skills, increasing their individual and team work capabilities and growing their self-esteem.
Students discover how different topics are related during managerial and company workshops. Thanks to a team project in collaboration with AIDP, they are involved in finding a solution to real companies issues.

Career development is a key part of this program. A qualified career counselor, in collaboration with a leader company in HR&O, will assist you with a variety of services and resources. In addition to the above, there will be a personal development project, simulations and interviews with head-hunters and managers, all of which are part of the career development program.

The program includes a 3- to 4-month internship at various companies and consulting firms in Italy or abroad. It is your chance to put into practice the theory and techniques learned during the academic terms. The career development department will assist you to find the internship that is best for you and your development.
At the end of the internship you are required to submit a thesis showcasing your core educational activities during both the academic terms and the internship. The thesis will be presented to the Scientific Committee and to the class.

The Master program is updated and suited to the market needs thanks to a continuous dialogue between the Faculty and a specific Executive Committee of HR Managers from both Italian and international leading companies.


The most dramatic recent evolution in careers is a large-scale shift from organizational management of employee careers to employee-directed career self-management, and consequently to the necessity of continuous learning and proactive adaptation in developing yourself, communicating, understanding, strengthening, and articulating your contributions to the effectiveness of groups and organizations. This course will help you successfully launch and manage your career by developing personal and interpersonal competencies including self-awareness, emotional and cultural intelligence, learning agility, communication, presentation, the capacity to develop effective professional relationships, and the ability to manage stress and maintain a healthy integration of personal and professional life.

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.

This course aims to help students to understand and deal effectively with cultural differences in organization and HR management. After structured reflection on personal cultural experiences and an introduction to intercultural theory, the course enables students to understand better the role of culture in communication, collaboration and management in business.

Gibson Robert

The course deals with the topics considered most relevant in the context of Digital Culture. Below is an introduction to the main topics covered in the course:
1. Data processing: meaning and limitations (from Kurt Godel and Alan Turing to Quantum and Beyond)
2. Counter Culture vs. Cyber Culture (Stewart Brand & Bob Taylor, a la carte).
3. Codification: Meaning and Perspectives.
4. Internet: Lo and Behold.
5. History of Calculus.
6. The rise of Artificial Intelligence: Of Men and Machines.
7. Digitalization of the text + Analysis of the Literature + Maps + Interactive Media + Games + Design + Media Art: Digital Humanities?
8. Big Brother in action: Surveillance, Hacking, Privacy, Cyber security and Data.
9. Ethics, Moral Responsibility and Responsibility in Data Processing.
10. New Web Economy.

The aim of the course is to enhance students’ awareness of the digital transformation and the changes that this bring in the HR profession. Students will be challenged with the following questions: How is changing the job of a HR professional due to the rise of digital technologies and analytics? What are the competences the HR managers need to develop in order to have a more strategic role in the companies and help their companies to anticipate and manage the transition. Students will also be presented with a framework that will help them to understand the mindset and the necessary steps to implement an analysis project of people in their organization. Moreover, they will be shown how the analytics can help HR managers to improve their decision-making process. The examples will cover the following topics: how could it be measured the impact of the managerial role in the workplace? How can the analysis help to improve the effectiveness and the efficiency of the recruitment process? Basic and advanced metrics will also be discussed in class.

Russo Marcello

The objective of the course is to provide students with a reasoned overview and with many concrete cases on the dynamics of the management of industrial and labor relations seen as a competitive lever and as a conditioning factor of the company strategy and consensus management within companies and the territory . What are industrial relations and what are they for the actors of the process (Trade Unions, Business Associations, etc.) and their interactions; trade union negotiation and its rules; an overview at the different international realities of trade union negotiations. In addition, the main HR rules in Italy will be presented to students, with reference to both company and employment regulations, in the framework of EU law.

Pizzoferrato Alberto

This course intends to read the changes taking place in our production system, with particular attention to how the increasingly widespread use of new technologies is leading to a profound transformation in corporate information systems. In the knowledge economy, the growing popularity of mobile devices and social media, and the digital maturity of an ever-expanding corporate population, represent a huge opportunity for the HR function to offer a more efficient service and successful human capital management.
The course will be characterized by a strong practical connotation, will be considered the main technological platforms on the market and the different areas of application. Basic knowledge will be provided to conduct the analysis and definition of the requirements for HR function for the implementation of an HRMS. Costs and benefits will be evaluated, the return on investment analyzed and the impact that the introduction of ICT solutions for human resources management involve in terms of organizational innovation and corporate culture.

Ugdulena Carlo

The course aims to analyze the relationship that can exist between strategy, organization, human resource management and performance, deepening the following topics: high commitment work practices; high performance work practices; coherence and complementarity in the practice of human resource management; processes of human resource management to create value; actors, instruments and indicators for measuring human resource management.

Fabbri Tommaso
Scapolan Annachiara

The main theories of the relationship between technological and organizational change. New technologies and decision making. The new technologies, forms of interdependencies and coordination. The change of skills. Technological dynamics and transformation of work processes. The computerized management of knowledge. Organizational communication through technology.

Masino Giovanni

The course introduces the logic, criteria and design variables of business organization (organizational design). The theme is addressed and discussed on a theoretical level, through the analysis of the contributions of the authors referenced, and empirically, through the discussion of business cases. In addition, in an interdisciplinary manner, the relationship between organizational design and some relevant organizational dimensions, such as learning and well-being are taught.

Golzio Luigi Enrico
Neri Massimo

Compensation and performance management practices are at the heart of motivating employees. In this course, we will study the motivational theories (such as expectancy and equity theories) and then examine how these relate to the practices used to appraise and to compensate employees. The practices we will study will include determining pay scales, pay mix (i. e., cash and equity), assuring internal and external equity in pay, and different appraisal methods (such as attribute approach, forced ranking, and management by objectives) used by organizations for performance management. We examine these critically to understand their relationship with expected employee behavior. We also examine ways to manage high and low performers. The methodology used for the class includes lectures, exercises, group discussions and case studies.

The acquisition of human resources for the existence and development of enterprises; the recruitment process as organized; the means (market and its actors) and the means of selection; the two sides of the mirror: the view of selection by recruiters and by candidates.

Lamelas Godinez Maria

Elements of accounting, budgeting and cost analysis. The measurement and interpretation of economic and financial performance of the company. The economic and financial analysis forecasting and budgeting. The calculation and analysis of costs in decision-making and management control. Management control as an operational mechanism. The systems of strategic control and strategic cost management.

Raffoni Anna
Visani Franco

The course aims to present the main business guidelines in the management of talents with particular reference to the paths of growth and development of resources and learning tools. The main topics discussed in the classroom will be the following:
• Management of talents in the company
• Training policies for people in business contexts (approaches, experiences, challenges and problems)
• New technologies and training strategies Development and individual growth and organizational development.
• HR Business Partner Model
• Lifelong learning and employability
• Groups and teamwork as a learning context
• Listening (People Satisfaction, Internal Customer Satisfaction)

Hohmann Janneke


The School is fully committed to creating employability, by way of a systematic career service action, constantly focused on matching at best the students’ professional projects with the needs companies have.The internship is an exceptional springboard, suffice it to say that six months after the end of the Master at Bologna Business School on average 91% of students work in a company.The BBS Career Service assists and supports students since the very beginning, along a training and professional development path. This is accomplished by organizing a series of workshops, with the aim of providing the fundamental tools and resources to be appropriately prepared for the labor market.To achieve this goal, students are involved in several workshops, among which we may list:

  • Writing a CV and a Cover Letter
  • How to create an effective Linkedin profile
  • How to prepare for a job interview

In addition to this, thanks to the collaboration with professional career counselors, students receive a customized service, in order to understand their strengths and to build a professional development plan, which will turn out to be helpful when looking for an internship. Here follow some of the activities:

  • Initial guidance interviews
  • Specific interviews, focused on one’s own career plan
  • Continuous support to students with one – to – one sessions

Finally, only for the HR&O master, a program called “Your Personal Development” has been activated thanks to Willis Towers Watson collaboration and support.Trough the Master in HR&O it is possible, once having completed in the companies the years of experience required, to become a HR Manager.




Junior HR Administration Specialist, Satispay
MHR&O (A.Y. 2019/2020)

"The master in HR&O at BBS has made it possible for me to turn my passion for the development of people's talent into my work thanks to the solid training provided during the studies, starting from the fundamentals of human resources management up to the most current topics such as Digital HR practices. This master has marked a clear sign in my professional development also thanks to the BBS Community with a network of HR professionals who have shared their professional experience giving a strong surplus to the training path."

Paolo Lodi – Italy

HR Business Partner, Barilla
MHR&O (A.Y. 2019/2020)

"The Master was a great journey into the HR field, with a significant focus on Digital HR & People Analytics. It was a deep analysis of the main HR topics and trends with the purpose of developing a consistent approach to successfully lead and drive businesses in the current Digital Transformation. Furthermore. the experience was truly enriched by the opportunity of playing an active role into the School Community, a great network which values a continuous exchange of opinions and perspectives as the best way to keep growing together."

Marco Tampieri – Italy

HR Manufacturing Specialist, Marelli
MHR&O (A.Y. 2017/2018)

"BBS journey has been a crucial turning point in my professional career: while the course allowed me to comprehend areas of HR I would have liked to deep dive within a firm, the outstanding company networks supported me both in the educational phase and in the bridge between master and work environment. After 2 years since the end of the Master I begin to feel the importance of BBS Alumni international community which I trust it will give benefit to our career development."

Deike Rickers – Germany

HR Specialist, FAAC Symply Automatic
MHR&O (A.Y. 2016/2017)

"For me this Master was not just a university course, but also a path that allowed me to improve and develop my personal and professional skills. I found myself in an international environment where I could grow up in a protected space together with other young professionals from all over the world. We have been prepared to occupy the position in the company that, in my opinion, is the most dynamic of all: human resources. Thanks to the BBS Community, this is an experience that will accompany me throughout my professional career."

Marianna Sessa – ITALY

HR Specialist, Trenitalia
MHR&O (A.Y. 2016/2017)

"The Master was an authentic experience that allowed me to improve both personally and professionally: I had the opportunity to open up to diversity, to understand its true value, to develop new skills and acquire new technical skills related to the world of HR. All this has allowed me to achieve the objective of working in the field of human resources management, to have a different vision and an innovative approach."

Fadzai Valen Nyamusamba – Zimbabwe

HR Officer, United Nations World Food Programme
MHR&O (A.Y. 2016/2017)

"My participation in this Master has been an amazing experience. The BBS Community is the most important factor to me as I’ve really enjoyed forming new relationships that I will value for life. Today, I’m currently pursing my passion and journey to be a specialist in the Human Resources field at the United Nations World Food Program."

Niccolò Montanari – Italy

HR Professional, HERA
MHR&O (A.Y. 2016/2017)

"Thanks to this Master in HR&O, I had the incredible opportunity to acquire skills and a broad perspective about the HRM’s fields. Being international in scope, this track gave me the chance to put myself to the test, collaborating with colleagues from different countries and being involved in professional projects with companies, that were designed to improve teamwork skills and to put in practise what we could learn."

Priscila Ines Distefano Gil – Argentina

HR Business Partner, La Caja de Ahorro y Seguro (Generali Group)
MHR&O (A.Y. 2015/2016)

"My BBS journey was more than the master's length. It started in Bologna, as a multicultural challenge framed in the discovery of the Italian experience. It continued in Milan, where I could get me an overview of key business trends, and then it continues in Buenos Aires where I am now focusing my career development and growth. I feel like this journey goes on as part of the BBS Community, because it is not only what the programme gives you but what you make of it!"


The goal of the Career Service is also to allow students to connect with national and international companies. Over the years, Bologna Business School has managed to establish a wide-ranging network and a sound partnership with leading companies in Italy, thanks to a personalized approach, based on each company’s needs. The collaboration features the following activities:

  • Sending the CV book
  • Sharing internship and work opportunities
  • Presentations at the School premises
  • Career Day
  • Implementation of project works
  • Class-room activities with case studies presented by managers and/or HR professionals


Our partners are the foremost supporters of our students, with the provision of scholarships, internships and professional opportunities.








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The tuition fees for the Master is 14,800 euros (VAT free) to be paid in three installments:

  • First installment: 1,850 euros
  • Second installment: 7,000 euros
  • Third installment: 5,950 euros

The fee includes participation in the Master, all the study material available through the online platform, and access to the services and facilities of Bologna Business School such as: personal account for the Alma wi-fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the internal gym, special rates for the School restaurant. Furthermore, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of the supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation.
Free parking is also available within the BBS campus.

Additionally, with the Student Card of the University of Bologna, students have access to all of the university facilities, including over 100 libraries, digital resources and study halls (including databases and online subscriptions); the three city center canteens and all university student related discount offers. More information is available on the site of the University of Bologna:


Participants are eligible to apply for Honor Loan with subsidised rate up to the complete coverage of the application fee.
For more information please mail to


At Bologna Business School we understand the importance of financial aid in supporting our students to achieve their educational goals. We are aware that an advanced, high quality training path can be a significant commitment, at the same time we also truly believe that investing in one’s future always pays back.

Bologna Business School is pleased to offer partial scholarships to the most meriting students. All of these scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded to the top-ranked candidates in the selection process. The students who come out on top in the selections will be students who not only come from strong academic or practical backgrounds but also those who display the strongest motivation to take part in this program.

There are scholarships of 6,000 euros and scholarships of 4,000 euros. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship – no specific application is required. They are awarded over the course of every round of selection and if you have performed well enough to merit one of them, you will be informed at the moment of admission.

The scholarships act as tuition waivers, so that they result in a deduction of the total amount of the tuition fees due.


The Italian National Security Institute (INPS) supports students attending I and II level Master’s Degrees with a public announcement and related scholarships of a maximum of 10.000.

The scholarships are for sons and daughters of both INPS members and deceased INPS members.


In order to be admitted to the Master’s course you must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree (obtained within the closing date of enrollment of the selection round in which you participate)
  • Excellent level of English

The admission to the Master is subject to the positive evaluation of the selection tests in line with the number of places available. The selection tests consist of a motivational interview in English and a logic test in English.


1. Register on “Students Online” by connecting to the site

2. Select “First Level Master”.
3. Pay the participation fee for the selection (60 euro for each Master)
4. Upload the required documents online:

– Curriculum Vitae in English
– Motivational letter in English
– Letters of reference in English (optional)
– Photograph of recognition
For degrees obtained in Italy: Self-certification of Bachelor’s degree with details of exams taken and relative grades
For degrees obtained abroad: Dichiarazione di Valore (to be requested at the Italian Embassy in the country where the degree was obtained) or Diploma Supplement (to be requested at the university where the degree was obtained). In the event that the candidate is unable to obtain the Dichiarazione di Valore or Diploma Supplement at the time of enrollment, he/she may temporarily replace it with a Conditional Enrollment Form, which will be sent after enrollment by

For further guidance, students who obtained a bachelor’s degree abroad are encouraged to check the page below:

For further guidance, we advise all students to read carefully the instructions indicated in the “call for applicants” and “operating instructions” files downloadable below and to click here to get access to a video tutorial containing instructions on how to apply for selections.

Call for applicants Instructions to apply to the selections
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