Sustainability Transition Management (Part-time)

The Master in Sustainability Transition Management has the aim to equip participants with tools and knowledge to develop a professional career internationally in the global sustainability arena.

COVID-19 outbreak has changed our lives and our work habits. Pressurized to tackle the coming recession and high unemployment levels, governments might roll back much needed environmental regulations and monitoring systems, resulting for example in companies releasing an excess of toxic pollutants or CO2 emissions into the environment. 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 pandemic and all the social problems it has revealed into a much better future where individuals, companies and institutions work together to enhance social and natural well-being.

The Program is rooted in the Sustainability Transition framework, which identifies five main transition pathways 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 master is a hybrid program, 80% online, and 20% in presence. The online teaching sessions take place two evenings a week (Tuesday and Thursday 06:00 p.m. – 09:00 p.m. CET) and on Saturday (09:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. CET). Each session lasts about 3 hours.  The residential classes will take place at Bologna Business School, one week on campus in June 2022 and one week in October 2022. During the residential classes, the participants will attend laboratories, Company visits, and events in collaboration with the business network.

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

Director of Studies

" Our students will be equipped with all the tools necessary to make a difference in the sustainability arena. We are proud to train new leaders who take into account the importance of sustainability transition, renewable energies and the SDGs. Thanks to an international faculty and prestigious guests, participants will receive training with the right balance between theory and practice. "


The Master is a part-time hybrid program structured in 280 hours of online lessons and 80 hours on campus at Bologna Business School.

The Master Kick Off will take place in December 2021, while the lessons will start in January 2022.

The residential classes will take place at the Bologna Business School, one week in June 2022 and one week in October 2022.

During the residential classes participants will attend sustainability transition laboratories, participate to company visits and other events in collaboration with the business network of the Bologna Business School.

During the on campus weeks, students will attend the following courses and laboratories:

  • Marketing for Sustainability
  • Industrial Transition
  • Energy Transition
  • Urban Transition
  • Agricultural Transition
  • Mobility Transition


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.

This course is about the ethical, social responsibility, and governance challenges businesses and individuals face today and aims to equip participants with tools to address these challenges. Participants learn about and discuss common ethical, social responsibility, and corporate governance challenges in different contexts. Topics covered in this course are individual moral theory, stakeholder theory, theories of corporate governance, and the development of an ethical organizational culture. These topics are discussed based on current major trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field of ethical business, corporate governance, and social responsibility. Finally, the course covers how business ethics, social responsibility, and corporate governance affect society at large, for example, through impeding or fostering the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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

Morandin Gabriele
Russo Marcello

The course aims to address the following topics:

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

The great social challenges of our time, incorporated into the 2030 agenda of the United Nations through the objectives of sustainable development and the crisis of modern capitalism based on maximum shareholder value, require a change of course in traditional business models and put the issue of corporate sustainability back at the centre. In this context, a new model of entrepreneurship is emerging where companies respond to social problems through new models, methods and products and services combining the objectives of economic and financial performance with the pursuit of a positive social impact. The module addresses the main concepts, approaches and practices to understand the main forms of social innovation and their impact on production and organisational processes and the effects on the reputation of enterprises.

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

Pastore Alessandro

The 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.

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


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 Raghu

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.


Introduction to the base principles and methods of Data Mining and Machine Learning, with particular reference to Classification, Clustering, Association Rules. Analysis of the major problems related to data quality and data transformation. Use of open source software to solve data mining and machine learning problems, with specific reference to datasets related to environment and sustainability

Sartori Claudio

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.


The integration with companies is a priority and an ever-present feature of all programs of the Bologna Business School, hence for the Master in Sustainability Transition Management.

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.

At the end of the didactic activities an internship or project work will allow participants to apply what they have learned and to use tools and competencies acquired.

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.

In addition,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


The contact with managers of important companies in their working environment represents a great networking and learning opportunity for the students of this Master. The company visits allow participants to meet managers and entrepreneurs on an experience of excellence in innovation management.








The tuition fees for the Master is 14,800 euro (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 BBS wi-fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the on-campus 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 BBS Campus.


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 eligibility requirements include:

  • a Bachelor’s Degree (must be obtained by the enrollment deadline)
  • English language proficiency

Admission to the program is subject to the positive assessment of your individual interview in English.


his Master’s is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree obtained before the enrolment deadline of each round.

Application steps:

The selection process will be held at  Bologna Business School. The selections for the first round will take place in October 2021, the selections for the second round will take place in November 2021 and the selections for the third round on December 2021.
In line with the number of available places, admission to the program is granted according to the position on the list of qualified candidates, drawn up on the basis of the total score awarded at the end of the admissions process.

Call for applications


The majority of participants have degrees. A quota of applicants who do not hold a three year degree and with a minimum 5 years of professional experience can be admitted

It is essential, for the purpose of registration, to have completed the degree by the registration deadline.

You can contact the admissions team either by email: or by telephone at (0039) 0512090122. Our admissions staff will be happy to assist you and clarify any doubts you may have.

Application is done in two parts. The first part is to register on the University of Bologna Online Registration Portal and the second is to send us (via email and post) your application packet:

The documents are:

– MBA Application form (signed)
– Enrollment summary sheet (Studenti Online registration – signed)
– Copy of the payment of the 60 euro fee
– Curriculum vitae (in English)
– Letter of motivation (in English)
– Copy of ID card or passport
– One Passport photograph
– Copy of the degree certificate giving the final score, exams and grades*
– Two letters of reference in English (optional)
– GMAT (or GRE) scores (optional)

*For candidates with foreign degrees:
– Degrees from the EU: You’ll have to request a European Diploma Supplement from your university.
– Degrees from outside the EU: You’ll have to request legal recognition of your degree (Declaration of Value / Dichiarazione di Valore) in order to be admitted to the program, which is issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation in the country in which the degree was obtained. This is not required prior to admission, but it is required in order for you to fully enroll.

If you want help with the online registration then contact us and we will be pleased to send you a detailed set of instructions.

The University of Bologna uses the ECTS system accurately applying the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in all courses of the first cycle (Laurea), second cycle (Laurea Magistrale) and unified cycle. ECTS is a recognized standard created with the goal of supporting mobility and cultural exchange among students at the European level. Such standard allows for comparison of credit systems used by universities and higher education institutions in Europe, to plan and implement the learning path of students. This allows students who study in one country to see their studies recognized at an institution in another country which adheres to the same standard.

Yes, every Master is composed of multiple courses, each with an exam at the end and at the completion of which the student earns the relevant CFU for the course.

If you do not live in Italy then you can participate via Skype. You will be contacted several days before the selection date to inform you of your time slot for the test and individual interview. At this point you can send us your Skype ID so that we can add you to the account that will be used for the interviews.

You can contact the Help Desk directly via e-mail:, or by telephone: +39 0512099882; or you can apply online:

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