NEWS AND EVENTS





    • 3
    • December
    • 2018
    APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE MEDITERREANEAN LEADERSHIP JOURNEY 2019!

    On 2018 we run 2 editions of the OBS Leadership Programme impacting 35 highly experienced managers from 10 large companies belonging to the Financial Services, Manufacturing, Energy&Utilities and Pharmaceuticals industries.

    The two editions offered different focuses on Strategy, Leadership and Negotiation, in particular:

    • Corporate Strategy & Psychology of Strategic Thinking,
    • Strategic Decision Making in Quickly Changing Industry Contexts
    • Leadership in the Age of Disruption
    • Crisis Management
    • Decision Making in a Challenging Reality.  

     

    Participating managers appreciated the most the high quality and effectiveness of the Lecturers from Harvard, Tuck, LBS and Kellogg, the relevance of the content for their daily job and the teaching method consisting of practical tools of immediate application, simulations and real-world cases, that they defined “absolutely over the high expectations”.

    The entire programme was characterized by a high level of interaction among participants, lecturers and guest speakers thanks to the networking dinners with CEOs of important companies and outstanding professionals such as Luigi De Vecchi – Chairman Continental Europe of Citi Bank, Francesco Caio, former of Poste Italiane and Roberto Cingolani, Scientific Director of Italian Institute of Technology among others, who shared their experience in a relaxed and familiar environment.

    > Learn more about the MLJ 2018 Editions through the evaluation of the participants you can download at the link below and the Fb Album of the Spring and Fall Edition!

     

    Following the success of the OBS Leadership Programme, we are glad to announce that recruitment is open for the 2019 new Editions!

    Take the opportunity to have first-person access to frontier thinkers coming out of the world’s top business schools! 

    Visit our Executive Programmes page for more information on content, lecturers and enrolment procedure or contact us at info@ortygiabs.org.

    • 3
    • December
    • 2018
    GRANDE SUCCESSO PER IL PROGRAMMA GENERATION TO GENERATION

    Si è conclusa la prima edizione del programma "Generation to Generation". Venti aziende del Mezzogiorno hanno affrontato i temi del passaggio generazionale, internazionalizzazione e globalizzazione dei mercati nel corso organizzato da Ortygia Business School in collaborazione con SACE SIMEST e ICE

    Leggere le dinamiche di un mercato che cambia continuamente, senza perdere i valori della storia aziendale e familiare: questa la grande sfida affrontata dai venti imprenditori che hanno partecipato a Generation2Generation, il primo percorso formativo organizzato da Ortygia Business School in collaborazione con SACE SIMEST e ICE, dedicato ad accompagnare le family business nella sfida ai mercati globali e al mercato contemporaneo, in continua evoluzione. Importante riscontro presso le aziende aderenti, che hanno manifestato interesse per le tematiche affrontate, difficilmente tema di dibattito formativo di alto livello nel Sud Italia.

    I partecipanti- Le aziende familiari selezionate per partecipare alla prima edizione di Generation2Generation, provenivano da 4 Regioni del Mezzogiorno: Sicilia, Campania, Calabria e Puglia. Il settore maggiormente rappresentato è stato quello legato all’agroalimentare (30%); a seguire oli&gas e siderurgico e metalmeccanico (15%), manifatturiero (5), geologico, meccanico, tessile e abbigliamento, chimica/farmaceutica, recycling, infrastrutture e plastica. Siracusa è la provincia più rappresentata, con il 25% dei partecipanti, a seguire Catania, Napoli, Palermo e Cosenza. Varia è la dimensione occupazionale: circa il 30% ha più di 50 dipendenti, circa la metà tra i 10 e i 49 dipendenti; il 40% delle aziende produce un fatturato tra i 3 e i 5 milioni di euro, il 40% arriva fino ai 15 milioni e il 20% oltrepassa questa soglia. Varia è anche la quota di export: per il 50% dei partecipanti si aggira intorno al 30% del fatturato, gli altri si attestano tra il 15 e il 30%. Il percorso formativo ha visto alternarsi esperti e coach e comprende lezioni e workshop su leadership, passaggio generazionale, evoluzione dei modelli di management e internazionalizzazione sui mercati globali. La maggior parte dei partecipanti erano in una fascia d’età tra i 25 e i 35 anni e i 35-45. Differenti i ruoli ricoperti in azienda: da direttori delle aree commerciali, a responsabili amministrativi, marketing e export.

    I commenti- “Gestire il passaggio generazionale di un’impresa familiare è una sfida che accomuna la maggioranza delle imprese italiane – racconta Michele GrecaCEO di Ascot Industrial, società che produce generatori elettrici e generatori ibridi di ultima generazione –. Questo corso ha rappresentato un’importante occasione di confronto e approfondimento per affrontare questo cruciale passaggio di testimone, con una grande consapevolezza: le strategie aziendali devono evolversi, la linea dei fondatori che ha portato al successo di un’impresa potrebbe non essere ancora valida per il futuro, che ci riserva sorprese legate alle nuove tecnologie, alla digitalizzazione dei dati e all’apertura internazionale”.

    Molto importante per i partecipanti, anche la possibilità di confronto: “Questo corso è stato per noi un’ottima opportunità di mettere in connessione attori chiave del tessuto imprenditoriale meridionale, in particolare siciliano” ha dichiarato Delia Milazzo, Export Manager di Montalbano Recycling, azienda specializzata nella progettazione e produzione di impianti e macchinari per il riciclo di diverse tipologie di rifiuti e salvaguardia ambientale in linea con le direttive della Green & Circular Economy.

    Raffaele Liberto (Coemi) ha poi sottolineato l’importanza cruciale per gli imprenditori del Mezzogiorno di poter fruire di queste occasioni di confronto: “Da cittadino siracusano, da imprenditore, da vicepresidente dei giovani industriali della provincia di Siracusa mi sento orgoglioso della presenza di un centro di eccellenza come OBS nel territorio della nostra città. Un’iniziativa che mi auguro con tutto il cuore possa continuare a crescere raggiungendo obiettivi importanti. All’interno nel nostro gruppo aziendale di famiglia stiamo affrontando proprio in questi mesi il tema del passaggio generazionale nei diversi aspetti che lo riguardano”.

    “Sicuramente il corso è stato molto utile- ha aggiunto Simona La Marca di Nolanplastica Spa- mi ha dato degli spunti per poter organizzare, codificare e gestire meglio il passaggio generazionale in atto. Inoltre molto utile è stata la lezione sulla leadership, poiché, pur avendo competenze e conoscenze, ritengo di dover migliorare alcuni aspetti caratteriali al fine di condurre in modo ottimale l’azienda e al fine di essere riconosciuto come leader”.

    “La sfida per la nostra azienda- ha raccontato Vincenzo Belcastro dell’azienda Nicola Belcastro srls-  è di riuscire ad innovarci, mantenendo ben saldi i valori che ci caratterizzano e contraddistinguono da tre generazioni. Il corso G2G, mi ha dato nuovi stimoli e mi ha fatto vedere da altri punti di vista la nostra realtà aziendale. I metodi illustrati in aula dai Docenti che si sono alternati, sono stati un ottimo punto di partenza per poter condividere con il resto della squadra la visione ed i progetti futuri”.

    > Scopri tutti dettagli del corso nella Pagina dedicata al programma.

    > Vivi i migliori momenti del corso attraverso le foto dell'Album Facebook dedicato!

    E' in cantiere una seconda edizione del programma per il 2019, presto tutte le informazioni.
     

    • 3
    • December
    • 2018
    THE OBS ALUMNI COMMUNITY IS BORN!

    Education breaks barriers and increases the circulation of ideas. A business school is also a community in which future leaders can learn and grow.

    Thanks to over 100 people including managers, lecturers, guests, staff who have spent together 2 years to share, innovate, collaborate, learnOrtigia Business School is now a reality.

    On November 17th, the OBS ALUMNI COMMUNITY was founded during the first event addressed to the managers who participated in the OBS Leadership Programme past Editions. During the event, they had the opportunity to know each other, self-assess personality traits and organizational needs to make the most of their talent; enrich leadership skills through a deeper understanding of group dynamics; explore the opportunities for personal development; create useful connections for career development all in a community dimension.

    One of the objectives of this ambitious project has been from the beginning to build a community of institutions, companies, professionals and people who grow together with us, sharing values and experiences, building relationships and enhancing their skills and competencies.

    Through the foundation of the OBS Community, we aim to put together a growing number of people who regularly connect, build trust, and get involved with one another. 

    > Enjoy the best moments of the Alumni Reunion through the FB Album of the event!

    > Have a taste of the OBS Executive Education! Check out the OBS Ambassadors Video-series!

     

    • 8
    • October
    • 2018
    GENERATION TO GENERATION: TOOLS FOR FAMILY BUSINESS

    In light of the importance of family business for the Sicilian economy and more in general of the regions of the Southern Italy and of the Mediterranean Area, OBS designed an open-enrollment program dedicated to family-run SMEs that want to boost their business through managerial reorganization and internationalization. This open-enrolment programme is designed to provide family-run SMEs with tools for implementing better strategies of ownership, governance, management recruitment and with the required skills to lead the people, belong they to the family or not.

    The programme will focus on two main topics: Internationalization and Growth, Leadership and Succession.

    The Internationalization and Growth module is focused on business growth and internationalization strategies and tools: clients and markets analysis, financial tools for internationalization and investment opportunities abroad. The Leadership and Succession module aims at providing family-owned SMEs with tools to implement better ownership and governance strategies, as well as guiding them in acquiring the leadership skills needed to drive the company and manage the people. Strong governance and adequate management leadership skills are key factors for a successful growth path and internationalization process.

    The Course is taught in Italian and is open to up to 20 family entrepreneurs or members of the owner family.

    Please visit the Programme Page to know more about content, agenda and enrolment procedure.

    Registrations close on October 21st 2018.

     

    • 8
    • October
    • 2018
    THE THIRD EDITION OF OBS LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME STARTED!

    The Mediterranean Leadership Journey Programme opened the third academic year of the Ortygia Business School with its third edition, started the last weekend of September with a Module of Strategic Decision Making in Quickly Changing Industry Contexts held by Prof. Michael Jacobides from London Business School. 

    16 Managers from Intesa San Paolo, Leonardo, Poste Italiane, SACE, Sifi and Unicredit composes the class of the 2018 Fall Edition that, for the first time, welcomes the participation of a Sicilian Excellence, the pharmaceutical company SIFI.

    The course continues with a module focused on Leadership in the Age of Disruption,  held by Prof. Sydney Finkelstein from Tuck School of Management. The module aims to build the skills to successfully lead people in an organization by answering the following questions: why do “smart” executives fail? How superbosses think about talent? How superboss leaders create a high-performance culture? What is the key to delegating effectively? How to Make Better Decisions and how superboss leaders leverage talent to generate long-term value?

    During the module, we will host as guest speaker the Italian physicist Roberto Cingolani, Scientific Director of Italian Institute of Technology who will share his experience and informally interact with our Manager during a networking dinner.

    The programme ends in November with a Module focused on Negotiation when MLJ participants will benefit from the experience of the Adv., Negotiation Specialist Michael Tsur, who applies to the business world effective negotiation methodologies consolidated in years of hostage negotiation and executive training. The edition will end with the dinner speech of the Economist Lucrezia Rechlin

    > Have a taste of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey experience through the FB ALBUM of the Fall Edition First Module!

     

    A new MLJ edition is Coming! Recruitment is open for the 2019 Spring Edition of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey to be held on April-May 2018. Take the opportunity to have first-person access to frontier thinkers coming out of the world’s top business schools! 

    Visit our Executive Programmes page for more information on content, lecturers and enrolment procedure or contact us at info@ortygiabs.org.

    • 5
    • October
    • 2018
    OBS FIRST ALUMNI REUNION IS COMING!

    We are proud to announce the 1st OBS ALUMNI REUNION that will take place in Siracusa, on Saturday November 17th 

    Education breaks barriers and increases the circulation of ideas. A business school is also a community in which future leaders can learn and grow.

    Thanks to over 100 people including managers, lecturers, guests, staff who have spent together 20 days, 200 hours to share, innovate, collaborate, learn, Ortigia Business School is now a reality.

    The OBS ALUMNI EVENT is a day together with all the OBS Community in the beautiful location of Ortigia to:

    • self-assess personality traits and organizational needs to make the most of their talent;
    • enrich leadership skills through a deeper understanding of group dynamics;
    • explore the opportunities for personal development;
    • create useful connections for career development.

     

    The Leadership Psychodynamic Expert, Massimiliano Saccarelli and his group of coaches will guide the Alumni through Self-assessment tools, Creative Storytelling, Lectures and Team Coaching sessions.

    The Event will conclude with a networking party where to connect with colleagues, lecturers and guest speakers who joined us during the past 2 years of activity.

    Please find more details in the pdf attached below.

    • 3
    • August
    • 2018
    DISCOVER OBS 2018 ACTIVITIES SO FAR!

    We are happy to share with you all the activities of this first part of the year and to invite you to follow us to discover the all the news of our fall!

    2018 started with some great events.

    The newly constituted OBS Center for Migration won a European Grant to organize conferences and debates on Migration. The first event, lasted 3 days, saw the participation of more than 150 people among academics from the ALUM network, practitioners, UNHCR, NGOs, public institutions and civil society. Special guests took part in the initiative, as Mario Monti, Senator of the Italian Republic and Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for Migration. Enjoy the FB ALBUM of the event: Focus on Libya, the Academic Conference and the Citizens’ Dialogue on Europe.

    We run the 2nd edition of the OBS flagship programme the "Mediterranean Leadership Journey". 20 highly experienced managers fully immersed in a 9 day-journey of strategy, leadership, crisis management, negotiation and world economy led by the expertise of our top-class faculty coming from Harvard, Kellogg, London Business School and Tuck school of management.  > Have a taste of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey experience through the FB ALBUM of the whole programme!

    During our first Ad Hoc programme, we hosted three entrepreneurial success stories to present the excellence of the agri-food market in Sicily: the Lemon, the Wine and the Olive Oil. > Discover who were our guest entrepreneurs through the event photos!

    Ortygia Business School supported the organization of TEDx Ortygia, the first TEDx of Siracusa. As Knowledge Hub fostering the circulation and sharing of ideas, Ortygia Business School embraces TED's mission of spreading ideas and knowledge by supporting the local initiative TEDx Ortygia with the aim to foster networks, debates and contamination on science, technology and society in the local community.

    On the occasion of the Refugee Day, we took part in the #StoryofChange for Impact Journalism Day. Francesco Aureli, Director of our Center for Migration moderated a roundtable focused on the integration of migrants in the socio-economic fabric of the province of Siracusa who gave voice to the protagonists of the good practices active in the local area. 

    Stay tuned to discover all the next programmes and activities: the 3rd edition of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey, the first ALUMNI reunion, the launch of a Programme reserved to Family Businesses, and much more..

     

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    • June
    • 2018
    ANOTHER EDITION OF OBS LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME ENDED: READY FOR THE NEXT ONE?

    The 2nd edition of MLJ concluded with much positive feedback from all the 20 highly experienced managers who fully immersed in a 9 day-journey of strategy, leadership, crisis management, negotiation and world economy led by the expertise of our top-class faculty coming from Harvard, Kellogg, London Business School and Tuck school of management.

    Besides Professor Raffaella Sadun from Harvard Business School, and Professor Persico from Kellogg School of Management, who successfully kept on with their contribution to the MLJ programme, this edition benefited from the teaching of Professor Giovanni Gavetti from Tuck School of Business who brought at OBS a new discipline that consider the psychologic side of the strategic leadership and from the experience of the Adv., Negotiation Specialist Michael Tsur, who applies to the business world effective negotiation methodologies consolidated in years of hostage negotiation and executive training. 

    > Have a taste of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey experience through the FB ALBUM of the whole programme!

    A new MLJ edition is Coming! Recruitment is open for the Fall Edition of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey to be held on September-November 2018. Take the opportunity to have first-person access to frontier thinkers coming out of the world’s top business schools! 

    Download the brochure for all the details.  

    Visit our Executive Programmes page for more information on content, lecturers and enrolment procedure or contact us at info@ortygiabs.org.

    • 15
    • June
    • 2018
    DISCOVER THE RESULTS OF THE OVERSTO PROJECT FIRST EVENT

    More than 150 people among academics from LSE, Yale, Bocconi, Science Po, Mannheim University, American University of Beirut, Koc University, Middlesex University, Arizona State University among others; practitioners dealing with the migrants acceptance in Sicily from local organizations, SPRAAR centers, UNHCR, ARCI, OIM, OXFAM, Emergency; cultural mediators, lawyers, social operators,  local and national public institutions representatives as the prefect and the Italian Ambassador in Libya, journalists, local entrepreneurs and private citizens took part in the three-day event organized on May, 21-23 by the Ortygia Business School center for Migration, within the EU project OVERSTO - OVERTURN STORIES: How Europe can create good practices of migrant’s inclusion.

    The event consisted in:

    •  a Seminar on Africa titled “Focus on Libya” where the Deputy Prefect of Siracusa Filippo Romano, UNHCR's Chief of Mission to Libya Roberto Mignone, Ambassador of Italy to Lybia Roberto Perrone and IOM’s Chief of Mission to Lybia, Othman Belbeisi presented the latest highlights on the Libyan situation with the purpose to inform civil society on what is happening on the other side of Mediterranean Sea.
    • an Academic Conference on Human Mobility and migrants’ contribution to the society, dedicated to the memory of Peter Sutherland, former UN Special Representative for Migration who took part in the first conference on Managing Migration organized by Ortygia Business School and LSE Institute of Global Affairs in 2016.
    • a Citizens’ Dialogue on Europe with Mario Monti, Senator of the Italian Republic and Sylvie Goulard, French essayist and politician where Siracusa citizens debated with the speakers on the most topical issues of the economic and social policy of Europe.

     

    > Download the programme attached below and check out the Speakers to learn more about the event!

    > Enjoy the FB ALBUM of the Focus on Libya, the Academic Conference and the Citizens’ Dialogue on Europe!

    • 15
    • June
    • 2018
    REFUGEE DAY: STORY OF CHANGE FOR IMPACT JOURNALISM DAY

    On the occasion of the Refugee Day, on June 20th, Ortygia Business School will take part in the #StoryofChange for Impact Journalism Day.

     

    The event, which will take place in Siracusa at Impact Hub, aims at fostering the socio-cultural integration of migrants, and is promoted by Impact Hub Siracusa, together with the province's SPRAR, the associations  Albero della vita, Stella Maris Onlus, La Pineta - Arci Siracusa, Santo Stefano Onlus, the Municipality of Pachino, the social enterprise Passwork Onlus and the social cooperative Iblea Servizi Territoriali and organized in collaboration with the Center for Migration di Ortygia Business School, CNA SiracusaConfcooperative SiracusaEmPress Media e News, under the patronage of the Municipality of Siracusa and the participation of EMERGENCYAccoglieRete Onlus and SfruttaZero

     

    Francesco Aureli, Director of our Center for Migration will moderate the roundtable titled "THE INTEGRATION OF MIGRANTS IN THE ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FABRIC OF THE PROVINCE OF SIRACUSA", aimed at connecting the different actors that manage and support the job integration of migrants. The roundtable will highlight the good practices active in the local area.

    For more information and for the complete program check out the FB Event.


     

    • 13
    • April
    • 2018
    THE MLJ 2ND EDITION STARTED!

    The Mediterranean Leadership Journey 2nd Edition started!

    20 highly experienced managers from big companies in the industries of financial services, manufacturing and energy&utilities learnt how to be an effective strategist from both a corporate and an individual level thanks to the business cases brought by Professor Raffaella Sadun from Harvard Business School and the simulations guided by Professor Giovanni Gavetti from Tuck School of Business.

    During the official dinner of the programme, we hosted the speech of Francesco Caio, former CEO of Poste Italiane who inspired our managers with a talk on Digital Transformation and the Future of Work.

    The course will continue with two more modules focused on Leadership and Crisis Management,  held by Professor Persico from Kellogg School of Management, Negotiation taught by Michael Tsur, Adv., Negotiation Specialist and the Future of Europe, a macro-economy lecture held by the Economist Lucrezia Rechlin who will broaden the perspective of participants managers.

    Our next guest speaker is Luigi De Vecchi, Chairman of Continental Europe for Corporate and Investment Banking in Citi Bank who will hold a speech the next Thursday, April 19th. 

    Recruitment is open for the Fall Edition of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey to be held on September-November 2018. Take the opportunity to have first-person access to frontier thinkers coming out of the world’s top business schools! 

    Visit our Executive Programmes page for more information on content, lecturers and enrolment procedure or CONTACT US.

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    • April
    • 2018
    OVERSTO PROJECT ON MIGRANTS' INCLUSION IS READY TO START!

    The Ortygia Business School Center for Migration, is pleased to announce the first event of OVERSTO - OVERTURN STORIES: How Europe can create good practices of migrant’s inclusion, a 2-years project supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

    With this project, Ortygia Business School acts as a HUB for all those researchers, academics, associations, NGOs, social enterprises, coming from all over Europe and municipalities, local politicians coming from Sicily and southern Italy to promote political debate and active closeness between the European level and territories at the boundaries.

    The first event of the Project is organized in collaboration with the LSE Institute of Global Affairs and the ALUM Network (Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration) of which Ortygia Business School is Associate Member, and will have three components: 

    1. Focus on Libya 

    2. Academic Conference

    3. Citizens’ Dialogue on Europe

    Focus on Lybia and Citizen's Dialogue on Europe are open events, in order to participate, it is necessary to send an e-mail to info@ortygiabs.org with Name&Surname, Organization Name/ Private Citizen, name of the event/events you want to attend, by May 9th.

    Learn more about the initiative downloading the detailed programme attached below.

     

    • 5
    • April
    • 2018
    OBS SPONSORS THE FIRST TEDx ORTYGIA

    Ortygia Business School supports the organizaion of TEDx Ortygia, the first TEDx of Siracusa. 

    The topic of the event is Contamination, that is the constant result of meeting of cultures. Contamination is an "always-on" processs involving communities and generations and able to subvert the course of events.

    As Knowledge Hub fostering the circulation and sharing of ideas, Ortygia Business School embraces TED's mission of spreading ideas and knowledge by supporting the local initiative TEDx Ortygia with the aim to foster networks, debates and contamination on science, technology and society in the local community.

    During all the event it will be possible to meet Ortygia Business School staff.

    To learn more on the event and to register please visit www.tedxortygia.com .

    • 20
    • December
    • 2017
    WELCOME TO THE OBS CENTER FOR MIGRATION

    We are happy to announce the birth of the OBS Center for Migration (OCM).

    The creation of this center originates from the need to formalize the initiatives on the topic that Ortygia Business School has been supporting ever since its foundation in collaboration with the Institute of Global Affairs of the London School of Economics (LSE IGA) and the Alliance of Leading Universities of Migration (ALUM network).

    The mission of the OCM is to act as a hub able to foster dialogue and to create connections among practitioners (associations, NGOs, social enterprises etc.), civil society, local, national and European politicians, academics and researchers. 

    We are also pleased to announce that Mr. Francesco Aureli, President at OIS (International Observatory on Health) and former Senior Advisor at WHO (World Health Organization) and at the Italian Prime Minister G7 Office on Migration and Health, has been appointed Director of the OBS Center for Migration.

    His first assignment will be the scientific coordination of the recently launched Jean Monnet Project on Migrants’ Inclusion which will last 2 years and has been co-financed by the European Commission through the prestigious Jean Monnet Grant.

    Click here for more information.

    • 4
    • December
    • 2017
    APPLY TODAY FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN LEADERSHIP JOURNEY!

    Following the successfull debut of the OBS Leadership Programme we are glad to announce the new editions of the "Mediterranean Leadership Journey".

    > Learn more about lecturers, guest speakers, content, and companies of 2017 through our INFOGRAPHIC.

    > Enjoy our NEW VIDEO about MLJ Edition 1.

    In 2018, two new editions of the MLJ will take place: one is scheduled for spring and the other for fall. The programme is targeted to mid-senior career professionals with around 15 years of experience who hold leadership position or will fill such a role in the near future.

    SPRING EDITION, March - May 2018

    1. Three week-ends of full immersion with top-class lecturers from Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management, LBS and Tuck School of Business.
    2. Interactive sessions focused on Behavioural Strategy, Leadership and Crisis Management, Negotiation and World Economy.
    3. Exclusive networking opportunities with managers from other companies, top business school professors and high level guest speakers

    FALL EDITION, September - November 2018

    1. An edition more focused on Leadership with an entire module held by the business psycologist Nigel Nicholson widely known for pioneering the introduction of the evolutionary psychology to business
    2. Interactive teaching method comprehending case studies discussion, simulations, role playing, group assignments.
    3. Exclusive networking opportunities with managers from other companies, top business school professors and high level guest speakers.

    Learn more.

    • 25
    • October
    • 2017
    DISCOVER OBS 2017/2018 PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES!

    We are happy to share with you OBS new programmes and activities! We worked hard to design the best offer for the new academic year.

    THE MEDITERRANEAN LEADERSHIP JOURNEY
    Following the successfull debut of the OBS Leadership Programme we are glad to announce the new editions of the "Mediterranean Leadership Journey".

    > Learn more about lecturers, guest speakers, content, and companies of 2017 through our INFOGRAPHIC.

    > Enjoy our NEW VIDEO about MLJ Edition 1.

    In 2018, two new editions of the MLJ will take place: one is scheduled for spring and the other for fall. The programme is targeted to mid-senior career professionals with around 15 years of experience who hold leadership position or will fill such a role in the near future.

    SPRING EDITION, March - May 2018

    1. Three week-ends of full immersion with top-class lecturers from Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management, LBS and Tuck School of Business.
    2. Interactive sessions focused on Behavioural Strategy, Leadership and Crisis Management, Negotiation and World Economy.
    3. Exclusive networking opportunities with managers from other companies, top business school professors and high level guest speakers

    FALL EDITION, September - November 2018

    1. An edition more focused on Leadership with an entire module held by the business psycologist Nigel Nicholson widely known for pioneering the introduction of the evolutionary psychology to business
    2. Interactive teaching method comprehending case studies discussion, simulations, role playing, group assignments.
    3. Exclusive networking opportunities with managers from other companies, top business school professors and high level guest speakers.

    Learn more.

     

    MENTORING FOR YOUNG TALENTS

    Ortygia Business School, in pursuing its mission of fostering economic co-operation and development among the countries of the Mediterranean, designed a Mentoring Programme for university students from Southern Italy and other countries of the Mediterranean Area.

    Learn more.

     

    STRATEGIES FOR GROWTH AND INTERNATIONALIZATION OF SMES

    In light of the importance of Family Businesses for the Sicilian economy and more in general of the regions of the Southern Italy and of the Mediterranean Area, OBS designed an open-enrollment program dedicated to family-run SMEs that want to boost their business through managerial reorganization and internationalization. 

    Learn more.

    • 4
    • August
    • 2017
    SYRACUSE II –CONFERENCE SERIES ON MIGRATION

    Following the first successful event of the conference series entitled "Managing Migration: Solutions Beyond the Nation-State" held in 2016, Ortygia Business School, in collaboration with the University of Messina, and the Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration (ALUM) (of which OBS and the University of Messina are associate members), hosted a second conference on the same theme from the 25th to the 27th of April 2017.

    Migration continues to be high on the agenda of global policy makers and Italy’s G7 Presidency work has focused on key issues of ‘Human Mobility’, building on the UN global compact agreed upon in September 2016. The Italian G7 Sherpa invited the ALUM to provide a note (‘non-paper’) with research-informed specific policy recommendations ahead of the G7 Taormina Summit on May 26-27, 2017.  

    A group of 34 academics, practitioners and policy makers from Italy, the UK, Germany, Canada, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt actively participated in the 33 conference sessions. Academics came from the University of Messina, London School of Economics, University of Mannheim, American University of Beirut, Middlesex University, McGill University, American University of Cairo, American University of Kurdistan and University of Bologna. Participating policy representatives included Costanza Hermanin, Special Advisor to the Italian Under Secretary of State for Justice and Francesco Aureli, Italy’s G7 Sherpa Unit: The G7 and Migration.

    Discussion and debate during the conference focused on (1) investment in countries of origin and transit, (2) protection of children, hosting and integration of unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable groups and (3) the positive contribution of migrants, including net fiscal impact and political dimensions and perceptions.

     

    The conference resulted in two main recommendations for the G7: (1) direct collaboration and coordination between academia, international institutions and G7 policy makers could support more effective, evidence-based policies, and better-tailored, more policy-relevant research; and (2) to fully understand human mobility, it is necessary to incorporate different perspectives from the countries of origin, transit and destination.

    To learn more about the event, see the conference programme and FB Album.

    • 4
    • August
    • 2017
    THE 2017 MEDITERRANEAN LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

    OBS fist executive programme concluded with much positive feedback from all participants. The first edition of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey brought high level managerstop business schools professors and large company CEOs to Syracuse, Sicily for 6 days over the course of three week-ends, from April to June 2017.

    14 high-potential managers representing 9 large companies, 4 different industries, 8 different corporate areas and 6 different job positions improved their strategic thinking through Harvard case-study discussion mediated by Prof. Sadun from HBS, learned how to manage a crisis by simulating real world scenarios guided by Prof. Persico of the Kellogg School of Management, and were exposed to macroeconomic topics by Prof. Papaioannou, with a focus on the future of Europe led by Prof. Reichlin and the social and corporate implications of aging by Prof. Scott, all from LBS.

    We invited as guest speakers CEOs of important companies, during the networking dinners organized on each week-end, the participants had thus the opportunity to learn from the experiences of Claudio Costamagna - Chairman of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Alessandro Profumo - appointed CEO of Leonardo and Luigi De Vecchi – Chairman Continental Europe of Citi Bank.

    The entire programme was characterized by a high level of interaction among participants, lecturers and guest speakers thanks to both the teaching methods and the relaxed environment, fostered by the location and small class size.

    Companies who trusted OBS and enrolled their managers in the Mediterranean Leadership Journey were Accenture, AlexBank, Be Consulting, Enel, Eni, Poste Italiane, Sace, ST Microelectronics and Unicredit.

    We are now designing the next editions of the programme that will be held in Spring and Fall of 2018.

    Learn more about the first edition of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey programme through our infographic and the photos on our FB Album.

    • 4
    • August
    • 2017
    PETRALIA WORKSHOP ON APPLIED ECONOMICS

    From July 21st to July 25th, 50 economists from around the world gathered at the Ortygia Business School to interact with one another, facilitate co-authorship, work, and educate graduate students.

    OBS hosted the ninth annual edition of the Petralia Workshop in applied economics. The Petralia Workshop is a 5-day workshop organized by Professor Nicola Persico from the Kellogg School of Management in collaboration with other established academics and supported by UniCredit & Universities Foundation, which covers travel and accommodation expenses of select participants.

    The workshop alternated presentations of established economists and "job market boot camp" sessions for PhD students on the verge of beginning their academic careers.

    Participating economists came from Columbia University, Northwestern University, Royal Holloway, Bank of Italy, University of Essex, CUNEF Madrid, HEC Montreal, University of Barcelona, University of New York, University of Messina, Univesità della Svizzera Italiana, University of Reggio Calabria, Oxford University, Bocconi University, Collegio Carlo Alberto, London School of Economics, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, University of Naples Federico II, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, Toulouse School of Economics, University of Alicante, New York University, EIEF, LUISS, University of Mannheim, and American Enterprise Institute.

    Participating PhD students came from Bocconi University, New York University, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Warwick University, Norwegian School of Economics, European University Institute, University of Mannheim, London School of Economics, LUISS, Harvard University, Sciences Po, Geneva School of Economics and Trinity College Dublin.

    The event concluded with the awarding of UniCredit & Universities Prize to Michela Carlana from Bocconi University, and Paul Vertier from Sciences Po and Alessandro Sforza from LSE ex aequo.

    Learn more about the workshop following the hashtag #PetraliaWorkshop on Facebook.

    • 21
    • July
    • 2017
    PETRALIA WORKSHOP ON APPLIED ECONOMICS

    From July 21 to July 25, 50 economists from all over the world, at Ortygia Business School, to interact with each other, facilitate co-authorship, catch up with work, and educate graduate students. OBS hosts the ninth annual edition of the Petralia Workshop in applied economics.

    The workshop begins with discussions by various economists and will conclude with a "job market boot camp".

    UniCredit & Universities Foundation generously supports the travel and accommodation expenses of select participants.

     

    • 14
    • July
    • 2017
    QUALITY OF MANAGEMENT AND COMPANY PERFORMANCE - OBS PRESENTS ITSELF

    One of the main sources of the competitive advantage of an enterprise is knowledge that is the element to develop in order to foster the continuous generation of value. An organization is primarily a cognitive system based on knowledge as an intangible factor, difficult to imitate and therefore more suitable to generate an advantage over its competitors. Knowledge develops and gives life to new knowledge.

    It is in this awareness that the Ortygia Business School Foundation wants to trigger a debate at national level but above all between the small and medium enterprises of southern Italy, in order to reaffirm the value of knowledge as a lever of the growth potential of the productive fabric.

    In partnership with Confindustria Siracusa, Ortygia Business School intends to conduct an analysis on the training needs of the enterprises - with particular attention to those of Southern Italy - with the aim of supporting them in the design of innovative training solutions that, starting from the needs of the productive fabric, they can focus on the true factor of Italian competitiveness, that is, the quality of human capital in its three dimensions of knowledge, know how, and know how to be.

    The first public event of this initiative will be on 14 July at 16:00 at the Confindustria Siracusa headquarters where founder Lucrezia Reichlin will present the Ortygia Business School and the benefits of investing in management education. Riccardo Di Stefano, Vice President - Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs, Diego Bivona, President Confindustria Siracusa and Giuseppe Giardina Papa, President Young Entrepreneurs Confindustria Siracusa will be present.

    • 21
    • June
    • 2017
    THE MEDITERRANEAN LEADERSHIP JOURNEY IS OVER: CHECK THE KEY FACTS AND PHOTOS

    The programme concluded with much positive feedback from all participants of the first OBS executive course, which brought high level managers, top business schools professors and large company CEOs to Syracuse, Sicily for 6 days over the course of three week-ends, from April to June 2017.

    14 high-potential managers representing 9 large companies, 4 different industries, 8 different corporate areas and 6 different job positions improved their strategic thinking through Harvard case-study discussion mediated by Prof. Sadun from HBS, learned how to manage a crisis by simulating real world scenarios guided by Prof. Persico of the Kellogg School of Management, and were exposed to macroeconomic topics by Prof. Papaioannou, with a focus on the future of Europe led by Prof. Reichlin and the social and corporate implications of aging by Prof. Scott, all from LBS.

    The entire programme was characterized by a high level of interaction among participants, lecturers and guest speakers thanks to both the teaching methods and the relaxed environment, fostered by the location and small class size.

    Learn more about the first edition of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey programme through our infographic and the photo on our FB Album!

    • 11
    • May
    • 2017
    FESTIVAL OF MEDITERRANEAN CULTURE
    11/13 May 2017, Syracuse

    Ortygia Business School takes part in the Festival of Mediterranean Culture. The Festival Sabir, organized by ARCI, ACLI and Caritas Italy, comes to its third edition this year in Syracuse, after those held in Lampedusa (October 2014) and Pozzallo (May 2016) and will focus this year on two main themes: on one hand, the relationship – often instrumental and contradictory – between international cooperation and immigration in countries of origin and transit, and on the other hand, the issue of unaccompanied foreign minors, particularly crucial given both the extraordinary number of arrivals recorded over the past year in Italy and the considerable presence of unaccompanied foreign minors in the reception facilities in the city and the province of Syracuse. We will participate in the event “The dangerous correlation between immigration, international development and trade in the relationship with migrants’ countries of origin and transit” of Saturday morning with the intervention of Gibril Faal, director of the Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform and of GK Partners.

    Download the programme below.

    • 25
    • April
    • 2017
    SIRACUSA II – RESEARCH CONFERENCE SERIES ON MIGRATION

    Following the successful first conference of the series titled "Managing Migration: Solutions Beyond the Nation State" last year, Ortygia Business School, in collaboration with Università di Messina, and the Alliance of Lead Universities on Migration (ALUM) of which OBS and UniMessina are associate members, will host a second conference on the theme. Migration continues to be high on the agenda of global policy makers. Italy’s G7 Presidency, along with Canada that will take over from Italy later this year, work has started on key issues of “Human Mobility,” building on the UN Compact agreed in September 2016. The Italian G7 Sherpa has invited the ALUM to provide a note (“non-paper”) with research-informed specific policy recommendations for the G7 Sherpas’ attention ahead of the G7 Taormina Summit on May 26-27 2017.  

    Check out the conference programme below.

    • 6
    • April
    • 2017
    OBS LAUNCHES ITS FIRST EXECUTIVE WORKSHOP

    Ortygia Business School (OBS) is pleased to announce the launch of its unique executive training workshop.

    The  Mediterranean Leadership Journey takes place over the course of 3 weekends and targets managers and professionals who hold important leadership positions or will do so in the near future.

    The OBS Scientific Advisory Board has designed a program unlike any other within the business school world. In addition to modules on corporate strategy, leadership, and crisis management, we offer a module focusing specifically on a macro-economic perspective, so as to offer participants deeper knowledge of the challenges currently facing the world economy.

    The particularly high level of this workshop reflects the ability of OBS to engage world-class professors and executives. The Mediterranean Leadership Journey is in fact entirely led by instructors from the best business schools in the world: Harvard University, London Business School and the Kellogg School of Management. Each module also includes the participation of high level guest speakers, from CEOs of international companies to entrepreneurs and leading global thinkers, who play an active role in discussions and networking events.

    For any further details download the course brochure below and do not hesitate to contact us at info@ortygiabs.org.

    • 1
    • January
    • 2017
    SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCEMENT

    Ortygia Business School Foundation announces a competition for two scholarships funded by Fondation pour l’Egalité des Chances en Afrique aimed at supporting two talented African professionals with around 10-15 years of work experience to acquire the practical skills needed to succeed in leading cross-border and cross-cultural businesses through the participation in the executive workshop “Mediterranean Leadership Journey”. 

    The deadline for submitting applications is February 15th 2017. For any further details download the announcement.

    • 18
    • April
    • 2016
    MANAGING MIGRATION – SOLUTIONS BEYOND THE NATION STATE

    The two days conference will take place in the frontline island, Sicily, at Ortygia Business School, in Siracusa.

    After an immersion into the concrete example on how Sicily, the venue of the conference, has managed very large refugee flows, the conference will explore solutions at the level of nation state and beyond: globally, regionally, and locally through a systemic approach drawing on a wide range of disciplines from economics and international relations to sociology and anthropology.

     

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