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STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM

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THEORY AND PRACTICAL CLASS ACTIVITIES, OUT-OF-THE-CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE

The LUISS MBA combines classroom theory and practice with hands on seminars and an out-of-the-classroom field project. Students acquire a thorough knowledge of the functional areas of business leadership and management as well as practical skills to put their learning to work.

The program is divided into 5 terms, and at the end of each term students are required to take exams. Students begin with the core disciplinary areas. They end by selecting a functional track and an industry focus to develop a more flexible curriculum and focus on a particular area of interest. The program ends after the Field projects.

CORE DISCIPLINARY AREAS

The core business courses help you to understand the fundamental operational and strategic business concepts.

The core courses belong to the following disciplinary areas:

  • Accounting, Finance and Banking
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Organization and People Management
  • Innovation and Operations
  • Marketing
  • Strategy

LEARNING LABS

Starting from Term 1, students take part in the Learning Labs, including an AdVenture Lab that allows them to develop an entrepreneurial project as well as Labs in Soft Skills, Social and Environmental Impact, Project Management and Digital Skills.


LEADER FOR TALENT

Leader for Talent (#L4T) is a series of meetings with speakers from the corporate world. The meetings are with business leaders from major organizations, oriented to management best practices and designed to offer the opportunity to debate current business issues to enrich your professional and soft skills.

ELECTIVES COURSES

To enrich their curricula, students select both an Industry Focus and a Functional Track to tailor the program to suit their needs and build a personal job profile.


INDUSTRY FOCUS

Students can choose among a variety of industries to get a general knowledge of different sectors, identifying the key players and the relevant trends. All the focuses are presented by high-ranking managers from each sector.

Aviation: Study the unique features of the aviation industry, including the unique management and leadership challenges of the sector.

Banking: The banking industry is facing deep change. Learn about the service models and product offers that future banks will need to survive and prosper. Understand how banks must adapt to customers’ needs by providing new products, services and channels.

Energy: Focus on the competitive and institutional environment of the energy industry, including all the firms acting in the energy value chain, energy generation and distribution.

Entertainment: Learn about the sectors in which the main resources are intangible assets, such as music, film, books, games and television. These industries include businesses focused on the creation and exploitation of intellectual property rights, together with artistic and culture features.

Health and Pharmaceutical: Study the key characteristics of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Students will learn about managing firms operating in a multinational environment across the sector, covering everything from research to marketing as well as changing industry dynamics.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT): Use the most advanced tools to understand the latest industry trends. Identify how technology is creating new development paths for business ideas and strategies.

Luxury and Fashion: The Italian luxury and fashion industry is one of the most important industries in Italy and a leading driver of the economy. Examine how the entry of new international leaders has introduced innovative marketing techniques such as CRM, brand stretching and experiential marketing and understand their role in delivering sustainable competitive advantage.

Tourism: Being at the heart of globalization, the tourism industry has gained major economic importance over the last 50 years. Study the impact of substantial growth in the tourism sector including the latest trends such as sustainable tourism, as well as the significant economic contribution that tourism makes in Italy and around the world.


FUNCTIONAL TRACK

Each track consists of 3 advanced courses on the chosen topic.

Business Restructuring
Companies may suffer for a variety of reasons (i.e. marketplace dynamics or internal triggers) that can reduce profit and cash flows. The track aims at analyzing decisive actions that companies may implement in order to restore performance and value creation. 

Financial Management
Going beyond numbers, the track is designed to analyze a wide range of financial tools and techniques for financial planning and investment valuation. Practice centered, the track adopts an international perspective.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The track provides the tools to imagine, realize and bring innovative projects on the market, which can be new technologies, new business models or entrepreneurial firms. It allows future managers and entrepreneurs to access the competencies needed to realize radical innovative leaps.

M&As and Corporate Strategy
In the modern globalized world, the ability to manage a firm’s growth has become a priority in the corporate agenda of most companies. The course includes an in-depth analysis of the two main paths for growth, internal and external, including mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures.

Management of International Business
The track provide students with an understanding of how corporate strategies are merged into the organization policies and management activities of an international company. The core of the track is related to the process of developing and deploying strategic resources over a broad array of geographical markets. The aim is to provide students with the tools and instruments needed to analyze the international arena, as well as the internal core competences needed in a global environment.

 Marketing
The track aims at analyzing and discussing three of the hottest topics in contemporary marketing: social media marketing and communication, brand equity building and management, and omni-channel design and management. The courses will enable students to enter the job market with an updated view and competence about the most relevant issues that marketing, sales and communications managers face.

Reinventing the Supply Chain
In recent years, innovative supply chain management is playing a crucial role in improving a firm’s performance. Not just concerning cost reduction, the supply chain revolution is a driver to radically improve and innovate the customer experience and create value. Additionally, managing the supply chain in a sustainable manner, using the triple bottom line concept – social, environmental and economic – has become an increasing concern for organizations of all sizes and across a wide range of industries. This track covers a complete set of concepts and tools to reinvent supply-chain operations.

A minimum of seven students are required for an elective to be run during the program.

GOING GLOBAL

Global business calls for leaders with cross-border capabilities. The MBA helps you gain also insights into global markets and trends through academic, social and cultural activities with an international focus, including cross-country business case competitions and the opportunity to spend a term abroad in the international exchange program.

Business Case Competition
Team-based business case competitions for testing and developing entrepreneurial, managerial and problem-solving abilities in cross-country. Teams are tasked with solving complex business challenges, often with colleagues at a range of highly-regarded international business schools.

International Week
The MBA International Week organized for the 26th LUISS MBA, focuses on Made-in-Italy and aims to bring together talented students from international business schools. Business Case “Benetton Sales Distribution Channel Strategy – The Franchising Expansionis developed in collaboration with Benetton Group. The program structure includes workshops held by Benetton Guest Speakers and LUISS Faculty, group works on business case, a learning tour to Benetton distinctive locations and side events. During this week, students will have a great chance to meet and interact with the Benetton team.

International Exchange Program
LUISS Business School offers the opportunity to complete the MBA through an Exchange Program with leading international business schools and universities including:

Australia
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

China
Fudan University, School of Management
Hong Kong Baptist University, School of Business

Croatia
Zagreb School of Economics and Management

Estonia
Estonian Business School

France
EM Lyon Business School
ESSEC School of Business

Japan
Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Graduate School of Business

Mexico
IPADE Business School

USA
Florida International University, Chapman Graduate School
Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of San Diego, School of Business

Vietnam
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

DOING GLOBAL BUSINESS

The business world is rapidly evolving and increasingly more international. Knowledge of cultural differences is necessary and expected among business leaders in EU, BRICS, MENA and NAFTA countries. You will develop crucial skills and knowledge of how business is conducted in the world’s various economies.

During the final months of the MBA, students apply the skills acquired during the program to a field project. Projects are coordinated by the Career Service team and can be carried out as one of the following options:

  • Entrepreneurial Project: For students wanting to develop their own business ideas, this is an opportunity to prepare a business plan with the support of the MBA Faculty. The most interesting projects are presented to business angels, seed financers and venture capitalists.
  • Company Project: During this field experience, students deal with specific business, leadership and managerial topics supervised by a company mentor.
  • Research Project: On specific subjects in agreement with the MBA Faculty.

Graduation Day represents the conclusion of this intensive path. It is a moment of joy for the graduates and their families and also a moment of discussion and reflection about the meaning of success.

The event includes:

  • Inspirational speech: A motivational lecture by a senior leader from the business community
  • Q&A sessions with the Guest Speaker
  • Graduation wishes by MBA students
  • The “Marco Sonnino” MBA AdVenture Award: Given to the best LUISS MBA AdVenture Project.
  • The award ceremony for graduating students