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




La Scuola oostruisce ed alimenta forti relazioni con partner industriali, dalle imprese locali alle divisioni regionali di grandi gruppi internazionali. I canali di collaborazione previsti includono la partecipazione all’attività didattica della Scuola attraverso testimonianze e presentazione di casi aziendali, sponsorizzazione di progetti di ricerca, co-progettazione di programmi formativi su misura, in-placement e out-placement di professionisti e studenti. Il modello di stretta collaborazione con le imprese garantisce una offerta di competenze e skill al passo con le esigenze del mercato.