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17 Luglio 2017

“The LUISS MBA? A Monumental Experience”: to take a step toward a Finance career, Rafael choose LUISS Business School

Prior to joining the LUISS MBA program, Rafael Da Cruz Bezerra studied electrical engineering in Brazil and France. Then he worked in Brazil and Mozambique in Procurement and Internal Control for Vale S.A., one of the world’s largest mining companies. When he decided that an MBA was the next step toward a Finance career, Rafael wanted to study on a prestigious course in Italy and found LUISS Business School. Describing his LUISS MBA experience, Rafael said, “What I like best about the program is that with the small class size we have really bonded together. In addition, I have enjoyed the marketing courses, even if my focus area is Finance. The most memorable part of my year so far has been participating in the Finance Competition in Milan. There my colleagues and I saw that our course preparation was equal to that of other business schools like London Business School, HEC Paris or Insead. I recommend participating in competitions like this as well as exchanges or electives with other business schools. These experiences are very rich, much more than I anticipated. They are great for networking and giving a broader vision of where other business schools focus. They are also good to see the strengths of our own school. Living in Rome has also been an important part of my experience. My one word description of Rome is 'monumental'.  Everything here is in a different scale and always very impressive. After this first impact you start to realize that there are a multitude of Rome’s, with so many places and facets to discover. I live just outside Rome in a little town called Paliano, and I come often into Rome. It is a great city in all senses: culturally, night life and personal life (people are extremely friendly). One more piece of advice for prospective students is to learn a little Italian to really discover Italy. It is so much more than the big cities (Rome, Milan….) and with so much to offer, not just in business. My MBA experience so far has been great. My goal after the MBA is to have a career in Finance.  In the meantime I am working hard to enjoy every minute of these 15 months through my classroom learning, through exchange experiences and through living in Rome.” 17/07/2017

22 Giugno 2017

Mostra il tuo valore – MBA Career Day

Gallery Villa Blanc, un edificio storico di pregio, ambiente accogliente e verdeggiante, villa ora dimora di LUISS Business School: questa la cornice che farà da sfondo al consueto appuntamento con le aziende, l’evento MBA Career Day, che quest’anno avrà luogo il 23 giugno 2017. Quindici multinazionali sono pronte a conoscere ed intervistare i nostri allievi. Tra gli ospiti avremo: Amaris, Cementir Holding, Deloitte, Dorna, Elica, Excellence Consulting, Ferrovie dello Stato, Horton International, IBM, KPMG, Manpower, MSD, NAU!, Philip Morris, Sandoz. Ecco tutti i numeri dell’ “MBA Career Day” 2017: 15 aziende coinvolte, circa 30 intervistatori per altrettanti studenti, per un totale di circa 120 colloqui in un unico pomeriggio. Il light lunch previsto per le ore 12.30, al quale parteciperanno studenti ed esponenti aziendali, decreterà l’inizio di questa giornata e sarà il preludio di un pomeriggio denso di colloqui individuali. Dalle ore 14.00, infatti, le aziende incontreranno gli allievi scelti mediante screening effettuato precedentemente, sulla base delle specifiche esigenze di recruiting di ognuna. L’MBA Career Day inaugura la fase di placement dei nostri studenti, i quali, a seguito degli incontri individuali di career counselling, revisione dei Curricula e simulazioni di colloquio, sono ormai pronti a mettersi in gioco nel mercato del lavoro consapevoli del loro valore aggiunto e delle loro ambizioni. L’evento spronerà gli allievi a dare il meglio di sé, a farsi conoscere e a dimostrare la loro passione e la loro tenacia nel realizzare i propri obiettivi professionali. Non resta dunque che augurare ai nostri talenti buona fortuna!  “Inseguire il sogno e poi ancora il sogno, e così per sempre. Usque ad finem” (Joseph Conrad) 22/06/2017

19 Giugno 2017

Con WIND|3 il kick off del Field Project degli studenti LUISS MBA Part time

Il 9 giugno si è tenuto il lancio del Field project degli studenti LUISS MBA Part Time. La sfida conclusiva di un percorso di formazione avanzato con insegnamenti completamente in inglese che rappresenta per gli studenti l’opportunità di elaborare un progetto di consulenza aziendale lavorando fianco a fianco con i manager. Giancarlo Mazza, Head of Marketing Large & Top Offer WIND|3, supporterà un team di studenti del programma nell'elaborazione di un piano strategico di marketing rivolto a grandi imprese nel settore delle telecomunicazioni, con uno specifico focus sui trend nel campo ICT e delle nuove tecnologie. A partire da un’analisi della segmentazione del mercato e dei competitor, l’obiettivo del progetto è sviluppare una raccomandazione a medio termine per WIND | 3 attraverso una  SWOT analysis e una valutazione del posizionamento di WIND | 3. Come ha dichiarato Giancarlo Mazza: “Con questo progetto WIND|3 conferma la sua volontà di guidare la digital transformation nel B2B ricorrendo anche a skill e competenze maturate nel corso di un programma di formazione executive”. Questo metodo di formazione innovativo – basato su un approccio pragmatico – ha l’obiettivo di sviluppare le conoscenze, le attitudini e le skill degli studenti attraverso un confronto con problematiche reali e l’individuazione di soluzioni implementabili in un contesto reale di business. Grazie alle linee guida e ai suggerimenti condivisi direttamente con gli allievi da parte di top leader nel settore, il Field Project è un’opportunità unica per conoscere approfonditamente dall'interno il reale funzionamento di un’industry e comprendere le skill necessarie per sviluppare un percorso di carriera coerente. 19/06/2017

15 Giugno 2017

Etica e responsabilità per un’impresa d’eccellenza: gli allievi EMBA incontrano Ali Reza Arabnia, Presidente e CEO di GEICO-Taikisha

Una leadership che pone al centro l’uomo e invita a sperimentare nuovi principi gestionali, per chiunque creda che fare impresa significhi lasciare alle future generazioni un mondo migliore. Il 24 maggio 2017 gli allievi dell’Executive MBA hanno incontrato Ali Reza Arabnia, Presidente e CEO di GEICO-Taikisha. Questo è un approfondimento scritto da Silvia De Grandis, allieva EMBA - 11 edizione.  “Ognuno di noi dovrebbe prendere parte delle possibilità che l’azienda ha la fortuna di avere e dedicarla alle questioni sociali (…) perché la nostra responsabilità come imprenditori è verso il futuro” (da “Ali Reza Arabnia. Storia e valori di un imprenditore”, di A. Zattoni, Inaz 2017) La prima sensazione che si prova entrando in GEICO-Taikisha è quella di trovarsi in uno spazio speciale, segnato dall’armonia. Armonia di suoni, luci e colori, ma soprattutto tra razionalità ed emozione, equilibrio perfetto tra tensione verso l’innovazione tecnologica ed attenzione per il benessere dei dipendenti. Il segreto sta nell’unione tra il Pardis Innovation Centre, polo di ricerca e sviluppo di rilevanza mondiale, che colpisce per ordine, efficienza e funzionalità, e il Giardino dei Pensieri di Laura, 2000 mq di pura bellezza e luminosità, con spazi dedicati alla meditazione, alla socialità, all’arte, in generale allo star bene, che stupisce ed affascina appena se ne varca la soglia. GEICO è esattamente come te l’aspetti dopo averla sentita raccontare dal suo Presidente e CEO, il Dr. Ali Reza Arabnia, che come allievi dell’Executive Master in Business Administration abbiamo avuto occasione di conoscere durante uno degli incontri “Prospettive degli Executive”, svoltosi nell’ambito dell’Executive Leadership Program. Eccellenza tecnologica e valorizzazione delle risorse umane, legati finalmente assieme, rappresentano l’anima profonda di GEICO, la sua unicità in un settore difficilissimo, quasi brutale, come quello dell’automotive, dove è oggi leader nella realizzazione e progettazione di impianti automatizzati chiavi in mano per la verniciatura delle scocche automobilistiche. Una testimonianza coinvolgente e intensa, quella di Arabnia, che fa riflettere sul senso vero del fare impresa: in contrapposizione a modelli spesso guidati da scelte opportunistiche e obiettivi di mera massimizzazione del profitto, ecco una leadership che pone al centro l’uomo e guarda al futuro. “Governata con Etica e Affetto: siamo un team guidato dai valori, profondamente impegnato a comprendere e perseguire le aspettative dei nostri clienti, sempre nel rispetto delle persone, della comunità e dell’ambiente. Living by resilience” è la scritta che accoglie ospiti e dipendenti in reception e riflette l’attenzione verso il prossimo, verso le aspettative, i sogni di ognuno, affinché trovino terreno fertile per esprimere al meglio sé stessi. E poi attenzione per l’ambiente, con azioni concrete per preservare il pianeta. Una via per raggiungere l’eccellenza che passa per il rispetto e che va percorsa attraverso investimenti continui in innovazione, con lo sguardo rivolto al futuro. Queste le linee guida aziendali di Arabnia sin dal 2005: una managerialità etica; un approccio umanistico ed una cultura trasversale; il trasferimento in azienda dei valori di responsabilità e sensibilità così presenti nella sua persona; l’equilibrio tra intelligenza analitica ed emotiva. Tutto con tanto lavoro, impegno, sacrificio e passione: da qui la sua capacità di ascoltare e capire il mercato; di adattarsi in modo rapido e dinamico al cambiamento; di fronteggiare le difficoltà volgendole a proprio favore; di crescere interagendo in modo trasparente e propositivo con tutti gli stakeholders. Dalla visita in GEICO si torna a con un bagaglio prezioso, che invita a tradurre i pensieri in azione, con la voglia di sperimentare nuovi principi gestionali, di andare oltre rispetto ai modelli economici tradizionali. Si torna con in mente il campus di formazione interna Pippo Neri e la fondazione Pardis, che con progetti concreti sostiene il territorio e la comunità. Si torna con una ricetta di successo, valida in qualunque campo e settore, per chiunque creda che il fare impresa non sia semplicemente un’attività con finalità economiche, bensì il mezzo per lasciare alle future generazioni un mondo migliore. Gallery 15/06/2017

08 Maggio 2017

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone: the career of Alessandro after the LUISS MBA

MBA 2015 Over my desk hangs a saying: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. Life is more enjoyable when I experience new adventures, both in my personal life and in business.  When it came time to choose an MBA program, I wanted one that would stretch me.  So I chose the LUISS MBA. I learned from challenging classes, valuable soft skill labs, carefully selected international students and talented international faculty. I had opportunities to meet influential CEOs from Italian and international companies, as well as board members and experienced managers. The LUISS MBA was the perfect mix between academia and a learning by doing experience. And Rome was the perfect setting for this experience. It was literally possible to breathe in all the ancient history coming from the past as well as the modernity of a capital city. Nightlife was another plus because there are many places where students can experience unforgettable nights. The result of this mixture was something unique because the challenging environment fit perfectly with the charming city and the business school location. Before joining the LUISS MBA program, I worked as a consultant and an entrepreneur in the medical equipment industry, selling products and services for private clinics. I wanted to make a career change to a larger company, and the LUISS career services team suggested many opportunities with well-known Italian and international companies. Currently I am a Buyer for Babcock Mission Critical Services in the rotary wings division (part of the UK company Babcock International Group). We save lives every day in our core business of HEMS service (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service).  The LUISS MBA helped me develop the tools to succeed. Mental flexibly, stress management, hard skills and negotiation abilities are valuable allies in my current professional life. All were improved in the LUISS MBA through academic lessons and practical training. To be accepted in the LUISS MBA program, it was essential to have two big qualities: motivation and skills. To cover the cost, I applied for the “AdVenture” full tuition scholarship, making a business plan for an innovative idea. When the LUISS Admissions Office called, I was excited to hear that I was one of the winners. It taught me that if you are resilient and believe in your dreams, no one can stop you. The LUISS MBA is a 360-degree program that changed my life, taking me far past my comfort zone. I loved every minute of this incredible learning experience.

10 Febbraio 2017

Call for Female Prospective MBA Candidates to Participate in the GROW FAST Initiative

LUISS Business School, Johnson & Johnson and Korn Ferry International Call for Female Prospective MBA Candidates to Participate in the GROW FAST Initiative  (Part of the Programme GROW – Generating Real Opportunities for Women)   DESCRIPTION GROW (Generating Real Opportunities for Women) is a programme initiated in LUISS Business School to promote, support and improve personal and professional growth of its female students. GROW FAST (Financing and Supporting Talents) is an initiative that is part of GROW, designed and launched in a joint effort by: Johnson & Johnson, a Fortune 500 multinational company manufacturing medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer packaged goods; Korn Ferry International, an organisational and people advisory firm, the world's largest provider of executive search; and LUISS Business School, an internationally accredited provider of business education, based in Rome (Italy). The GROW FAST initiative offers to a selected group of outstanding women: direct access to organisations eager to support talents in the development of their potential; an internationally accredited MBA at LUISS Business School, which provides a culturally relevant and professionally memorable experience in the heart of Rome; a fully sponsored accelerated track into the world of business with leading companies that pursue diversity and inclusion as key strategic assets. The initiative consists of four main steps: selection of talented women; initial 3-month internship in Johnson & Johnson starting in July 2017, with a reimbursement of expenses of up to EUR 1,000 per month; 1-year MBA programme at LUISS Business School starting in October 2017, the tuition fee of EUR 27,000 + EUR 13,000 of living expenses being covered by a study loan; 2-year employment contract in Johnson & Johnson starting in October 2018, with a previously agreed salary + an extra that covers the repayment of the study loan within the term of the employment contract. The selected participants will be continuously mentored, starting from the initial internship until the end of the GROW FAST initiative. ELIGIBILITY Female candidates with: Bachelor’s degree; at least 2 years of work experience; professional working proficiency in English. APPLICATION PROCESS Applicants must provide: copy of the degree certificate; fully-completed MBA application form; Curriculum Vitae; copy of passport or ID document; digital photo; essay explaining why they qualify for the GROW FAST. ThE selection of candidates is divided in two core phases 1. ADMISSION TO THE MBA PROGRAMME LUISS Business School: receives and processes all the applications; organises the admission tests, consisting of a logics and English test in order to evaluate the admission of the potential candidates to the MBA programme (logics test can be omitted, if proof of a valid GMAT or GRE certificate is provided, and English test can be omitted, if proof of a valid TOEFL or IELTS certificate is provided); provides a guarantee for a study loan, covering the tuition fee of EUR 27,000 + the above-mentioned living expenses. Korn Ferry International provides strategic support in the process of search and selection of the candidates. 2. EVALUATION TO PARTICIPATE IN GROW FAST Based on the admission test results, motivational interview(s) with selected candidates and representatives of Johnson & Johnson and LUISS Business School will be organised. Candidates will be considered and evaluated on the basis of merit and regarding the quality of their admission application and interviews. At the end of the evaluation process a ranking of the candidates will be finalised, and up to three candidates will be offered the opportunity to participate in the GROW FAST initiative. Other candidates who pass the LUISS MBA admission tests, but who have not been selected as participants in GROW FAST, are welcome to enrol in the MBA programme, following the indications and deadline given to them by the Admissions Office of the LUISS Business School. If the candidate does not proceed with the necessary steps within the given deadline, her status will automatically decay from the right of immediate enrolment.  DEADLINES AND CONDITIONS Applications for participation in the GROW FAST initiative must be submitted by April 15, 2017 to mba23@luiss.it. The pre-selected candidates will be contacted approximately two weeks after the above-mentioned deadline, to invite them to the admission tests. The interviews with the candidates selected based on the admission test results and with Johnson & Johnson will be held in May 2017, and the final decision will be taken in June 2017. The final selected candidates must confirm their participation in the initiative within 5 working days after reception of the notification, signing the MBA Regulations and the agreement with Johnson & Johnson. If a candidate fails to confirm her participation, next candidates in their merit order in the waiting list will be considered, and the renounced candidate loses her right to participate in the GROW FAST initiative. In case of withdrawal from the MBA programme or exclusion of it for any reason, the participant will not be offered an employment contract at Johnson & Johnson and she is required to refund the total loan and other administrative charges. In case the participant completes her MBA studies and does not sign the employment contract with Johnson & Johnson or leaves Johnson & Johnson before the term of the 2-year employment contract, she is required to refund the total loan and other administrative charges. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at mba23@luiss.it, (+39) 06 85 22 5577 or (+39) 06 85 22 5064. DOWNLOAD PDF 10/02/2016

14 Dicembre 2016

LUISS MBA AdVenture: when entrepreneurship meets the teamwork

MBA AdVenture is a very innovative project designed to challenge the students to put into practice knowledge learned during the academic year. It is a laboratory aimed to push its participants to apply their skills and know how in  a real company producing tangible and implementable results. Alessandro Blanchi, Svetlana Ivanova, Britney Minto and Valerio Caprasecca are the team members that have been working with EggUp, an Italian startup company with the mission to change the way in which employers find suitable professionals  and  match them with their existing teams. “We carefully studied the company and its business model in order to find points of strength and weakness that had to be worked on. – they say – After careful consideration and detailed analysis of all the material collected, we decided to propose a new business model.  “In order to accomplish this task, we planned several Skype meetings as our group was composed of team members that were located in different countries. We had to manage long distances and various time zones: for example, Britney was in Philadelphia, US while Valerio was in Melbourne, Australia”. The challenges that the team faced didn’t concern merely the organizational profile, but affected even the decisions which had to be made: “The project challenged us to think outside the box, to design a smarter and more modern solution for EggUp and to be competitive in its market. In order to make the idea even more valuable, we supported the entire project with theoretical and academic insights acquired during our studies at LUISS Business School and from each of our own previous work experiences”. “The AdVenture experience represented an exceptional added value within the LUISS MBA program. It gave us the possibility to see and evaluate all the aspects of a company. We truly had a unique opportunity of knowing the vision of a startup, its strengths and weaknesses, as well as the needs of the markets and of potential investors. It is an experience unlike no other”.  Working in a team has been really helpful for developing the team members  future careers: “It allowed all of us to utilize our strengths, sharpen our weaknesses, trusting and depending on our team members. Being a team player is a valuable asset that will be needed in all of our career from human resources, marketing, business development, to innovation. We are now equipped to make the transition from classmates to colleagues”. “We would describe the program in 3 words: • Challenging: coping with the overall stress due to the multiple time differences, various schedules of team members, and managing the different ideas concerning potential strategies to implement; • Resourceful: in terms of putting into practice academics in order to form a solution that meets the needs and interests of the company; • Creative: requires brainstorming to produce unique solutions that can be practically implemented.”   14/12/2016

05 Ottobre 2016

L’Alumnus MBA Alessandro Belli è il nuovo Head Head of Tourism Real Estate di Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Investimenti SGR

Da settembre 2016 l'alumnus MBA Alessandro Belli è entrato in CDP Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Investimenti SGR come Head of Tourism Real Estate, per gestire lo start up degli investimenti immobiliari nel turismo. Laureato in Ingegneria Civile conclude nel 2001 il Master in Business Administration. È Adjunct Professor presso la LUISS Business School, Faculty Member del Master in Real Estate Finance e membro RICS. Alessandro è inoltre membro del board e socio fondatore dell'associazione LUISS Business School Alumni. Dopo un periodo professionale in posizione tecnica, nel 2001 entra in Grandi Stazioni SpA occupandosi di valutazione investimenti e finanza. Nel 2005 è in Cushman & Wakefield come senior consultant, quindi in Torre SGR (Fortress group) come acquisition manager mentre dal 2007 entra in Pirelli RE SpA, come responsabile acquisizioni Turismo e successivamente director di Highstreet Management Services BV (Amsterdam). Dal 2009 è in Fabrica SGR, prima come Responsabile Team di Gestione e successivamente come Direttore Investimenti. In Fabrica ha gestito lo start up di Fondi di enti previdenziali, finalizzando 430 M€ di investimenti e 1120 M€ di apporto immobili da valorizzare, e ha collaborato attivamente alla strutturazione di una partnership commerciale con CBRE GI e allo sviluppo di nuovi prodotti. Nel 2015 è entrato in Mittel, società quotata attiva nel private equity e real estate, come Responsabile degli investimenti immobiliari del gruppo. E’ stato Ceo di MII srl, holding che detiene gli investimenti immobiliari diretti del gruppo, and membro del CdA di Castello Sgr (Mittel azionista al 22%). 29/09/2016