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SDA Bocconi Full-Time MBA Curriculum Changes 2012-13

SDA Bocconi has introduced three major changes for all the Full-time MBA classes starting from Sep 2012.

First major change is a new course structure.
From this year onwards, the Full-time MBA will have Four Sequences:

Planning and Innovating: The first sequence is designed to develop skills to manage global competition. Students should learn to plan according to current capabilities and resources, while keeping in mind potential competition and future innovation.

Controlling and Investing: The second sequence provides students with tools to perform quantitative analysis to manage performance of investments and obtain funds for Businesses.

Leading People and Processes: Managing human resources and deadlines is crucial for successfully implementing any projects. The third sequence provides students with the framework to define projects based on people and processes.

Soft Skills and Values: Often ignored aspect of skill development is soft skills. SDA Bocconi with this final sequence has designed the curriculum to include exercises and courses to develop skills in communication, project management and team management. The financial crisis of 2008 was due to lack of Business ethics. This concentration has a section for Business ethics that will educate students about conducting Business in an ethical and fair manner.

The Four Sequences will take students to all the four concentrations: Innovation, Marketing, Finance, and the Luxury track.

The second major change is the greater emphasis on practical learning. The Luxury track already provides great exposure to practical learning with Field Projects in Bulgari from July to September. However, with this year, other tracks will have greater emphasis on practical learning with new partnerships with Janssen Cilag (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company) and Tetrapak (a multinational food packaging and processing company).

The third major change is the introduction of lecture series, educational movies and activities during Opening week. Some of the existing popular events in SDA Bocconi are Rolex Regatta (World’s largest Yacht Race) and the Ski Cup (top international alpine skiing competitions).

The lecture series is termed “A cocktail with” – a bi-monthly lecture series that allows students to interact with experts like Guido Tabellini, Andrea Beltratti, Tito Boeri and Alfonso Gambardella.

The educational movie event is termed “A movie with”, where students will get the chance to watch movies that deal with the current economic crisis and the underlying issue of ethics in Business transaction. Two movies scheduled for this year’s educational series are “Il Gioiellino” (debated with Andrea Sironi and Francesco Daveri) and “Inside Job” (debated with Rob Grant and Stefano Gatti). Other educational movies as part of the “A movie with” series include “Margin Call” and “Too Big To Fail”. Opening week will start on October 2nd when students will not only get the chance to interact with teachers but will also participate in team building exercises. Art Lab and industrial visits to a leading Italian industrial organization are two tools planned to provide students with the team building experience.

In addition to the three major changes, SDA Bocconi Full-time MBA team will continue to organize Alumni networking events that will allow current students to build a lasting relationship with some of the influential Bocconi MBA Alumni. Students will also get practical advice about job search and career progression.

To learn more about SDA Bocconi Full-time MBA program, download the brochure or you can visit the SDA Bocconi MBA programs page

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