This course covers the basic elements of business unit and corporate level strategy, including industry analysis, positioning, and competitive interaction. Central strategic challenges facing senior managers and CEOs are addressed by introducing a framework for making decisions in a multi-business context in various arenas - from corporate change to business diversification. The framework of this module is built around the idea that strategy is about integrated choices within a firm (internal consistency), choices for positioning the firm in its industry (external consistency), and choices for managing strategic interactions with other industry players over time (dynamic consistency). Students explore these topics through a mix of case study discussions and lectures.

Programme: Mediterranean Leadership Journey

Lecturer: Raffaella Sadun, Harvard Business School





This Strategy course focuses on understanding the competitive context and its challenges, and on understanding the firm and the dynamics of its resources.  Given that this is an executive MBA, our focus isn’t primarily on the tools of strategic analysis, but rather on the application of these tools in real world situations. We will briefly cover the basics, consider how value is created by firms and the role strategy can play, and shift to applying tools to help us come up with, and then evaluate new business models, as well as consider how to diagnose and then revert strategic disarray in established organizations. We will also look at more recent thinking on how to compete in quickly changing industry contexts, and how to overcome our individual and collective biases that can lead us astray when it comes to strategic decisions and managerial action.

Programme: Mediterranean Leadership Journey

Lecturer: Michael Jacobides, London Business School





This course focuses on crisis management emerging from aggressive legal action, media coverage, and social pressure on issues such as environmental protection, global labour standards, animal rights, privacy and security in e-commerce, corporate scandals, and executive pay. These threats are particularly important because they do not arise from the usual, contract-based interactions that characterize “normal” business interactions. Through a rich set of case studies and crisis simulation exercises, the students learn how to respond to such threats and turn them into opportunities for their companies. The students will improve their strategic thinking as well as team management and communication skills in high-stress situations and will learn how to integrate crisis management into their overall business strategy.

Programme: Mediterranean Leadership Journey

Lecturer: Nicola Persico, Kellogg School of Management





The Leadership session aims to build the skills to successfully lead people in an organization. A good leader has a vision, is able to share it with the team and to influence strategies, building competitive advantage in its organization. You will learn: why do “smart” executives fail? How superbosses think about talent? How superboss leaders create a high-performance culture. The key to delegating effectively. How to Make Better Decisions. How superboss leaders leverage talent to generate long-term value.

Programme: Mediterranean Leadership Journey

Lecturer: Sydney Finkelstein, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College





In PSL, students learn how strategic leaders can lead their companies to attain superior returns through superior management of their own and others’ select mental processes. The course thus proposes a psychological conception of strategic leadership. The course starts with a deep dive into some select human cognitive biases that are known to have a profound impact on strategic decision-making. It then moves on to tackle the concept of strategic disruption from a behavioural standpoint – what is a disruptive innovation, why it is important to grasp its fundamental nature, and how disruption can be handled via an in-depth understanding of subtle cognitive predispositions that often impede a proper response to it. The last part of the course focuses on the psychology of persuasion: what do we need to know about human cognition in order to approach persuasion challenges properly.

Programme: Mediterranean Leadership Journey

Lecturer: Giovanni Gavetti, Tuck School of Business





World Economy course offers a comprehensive macro perspective on economic growth across the world to understand the workings of the global economy and the main factors that determine the financial health of nations. It explores the role of trade and technology in influencing national wealth and the principles and motivations underlying monetary and fiscal policy. Students will learn how to use macroeconomic models to assess the long-term growth potential of countries and the challenges related to business cycles fluctuations. The module will also feature two lectures on topics which are key for companies operating in Europe and the Mediterranean in general: the future of Europe and the implications of ageing.

Programme: Mediterranean Leadership Journey

Lecturers: Elias Papaioannou, Lucrezia Reichlin, London Business School





Professionals in today’s chaotic world must develop the skills necessary to handle those inevitable situations in which external events intrude upon, and interfere with, the professionals’ abilities to make clear and appropriate decisions. These situations of uncertainly can easily deteriorate into crises. Negotiation in a Challenging Reality course focuses on the process to reach better outcomes, taking into account the levels of stress and anxiety without forgetting the investment of assets and the “day after”. Learning, observing and experiencing a variety of approaches and strategies for negotiation enrich our knowledge and toolbox for different situations and circumstances.

Programme: Mediterranean Leadership Journey

Lecturer: Michael Tsur, Adv., Negotiation Specialist





The course aims to provide the new generations of family entrepreneurs with the necessary tools to prepare for the succession and the technical and managerial skills to achieve ambitious company successes. The aim of the course is to offer theoretical models and practical tools useful for identifying the most appropriate solutions to be adopted for the success of one's family business. Through the Leadership and Management Laboratory, you can acquire a method of analysis and interpretation of your family business context in order to lead the change process. The curse combines different teaching methods (classroom, group work, individual presentations, discussion) in order to stimulate and develop necessary managerial skills.

Programme: Generazione Futuro

Lecturers: Massimiliano Saccarelli, Executive Coach; Nicola Peccini, Executive Coach





The programme has the purpose to describe the common logic of machine learning algorithms and their applications in finance for market analysis and portfolio construction. According to a survey by Barclays PLC, about 62% of hedge funds use some artificial intelligence processes to meet needs such as collecting real-time financial news from global financial markets. The algorithms are used to find the best way to perform operations, to identify market dynamics and to scan information sources for patterns that could change the direction of the market. More and more credit institutions use them to calculate a customer's score credit and to identify fraudulent transactions. Despite their widespread use, non-experts know little, almost nothing, of the logic with which an algorithm can distinguish images or write a poem. Even less clear is what has to do with the visual recognition typical of AI with the management of a financial portfolio. The goal of this programme is precisely to "demystify" machine learning algorithms, describing their common logic in an accessible way. This will allow understanding why algorithms can be successfully applied in finance for market analysis and portfolio construction. 

Programme: Big Data and Machine Learning in Finance

Lecturers: Giuseppe Ragusa, Associate Professor of Economics at the Univerity of Pisa





The course provides a comprehensive overview of the use of corporate communication in contemporary organizations, with a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities offered by a fast-changing media environment. The course combines theoretical concepts from communication, psychology and media economics with practical insights from real-world experiences to examine the following topics: communication and stakeholder management; forging a corporate identity and corporate reputation; managing relations with traditional and new media; issue management and crisis communication; the public affairs dimension of corporate communication. The course is based on the reading of corporate memos, policy briefs, and academic papers, and is organized around the analysis of case studies from a range of industries.

Programme: Corporate Communication in a Fast-changing Media Environment

Lecturers: Ruben Durante, ICREA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra




The School collaborates closely with corporate partners, whether indigenous local companies or the regional operations of large international groups. Channels for collaboration will include participation in teaching by visiting executives, sponsorship of research, joint development of educational programs, in-placement and out-placement of professionals. These close working links will ensure that the knowledge and skills delivered by the School are geared to labour market requirements.