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Entrepreneurship & Blockchain

Spring 2024 | Dr. Michele Favilla and Filippo Comin

Course Description

This course aims to provide students with a solid understanding of the internal and external factors that shape an organization’s ability to create value. Students will be familiarized with tools to analyze industries, sectors, competitive advantages, firm resources, and competitive positioning, both on the individual business and the corporate level.

Particular attention will be put on the Blockchain and Crypto sector. The course strives to instill a digital strategic mindset that will enable students to go beyond a simple application of tools and enhance their own strategic decision making. The sessions will rely intensively on the case method. Through the discussion of the different organizations described in the case studies, students will be able to develop analytical, critical thinking from a practical perspective.

Learn how to recognize and evaluate new venture opportunities. Understanding both the entrepreneur´s as well as the investor´s perspective; Understand the issues faced by entrepreneurs when starting a venture, as well as acquire some of the fundamental skills and tools required for embarking on a new venture - Understand the nature and purpose of a business plan in the context of new ventures, and be able to write, articulate and present a business plan.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do”

– Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

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Literature, Statecraft, World Order

Spring 2024 | Amb. Fernando Gentilini

Course Description

The course will focus on literature statecraft and world order. It will try to demonstrate that geopolitics does not explain everything, and that myths, traditions and literature are equally important to understand how the world really works. We will focus on books that have inspired kings, queens, leaders and autocrats of all times; and on how these books have shaped their thinking. We will try to respond to the question whether contemporary leaders still consume literature as well as what kind of literature, and discuss whether the restoration of literature as a tutor for statecraft is still a possibility in today’s world.

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Generative Economy an experience-based introduction

Spring 2024 | Dott. Marco Morganti

Course Description

The 16-hour module devoted to Generative Economy is aimed at providing young adults with information on some of the major trends in economics.
Starting from the “natural” concepts of Common Good, Equal Opportunity, Inequality, and Sustainability, the course will seek to solicit reflection on additional aspects in the domain of Economics such as Resources, Profit, Mutualism, as well as some elements belonging to specific issues of the banking world: Risk, Interest, Financial Sustainability.

The main area to be explored is that of the Social Economy in comparison with for-profits, examining both the structural differences and the many sides common to both, such as creativity, business risk, and the market. It is precisely from this comparative overview that it will be easier to understand the increasing proximity (or 'the convergence') between the two models, with the emergence of hybrid forms such as B-Corp or Benefit Enterprises according to the innovative Italian legislative configuration.

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Public Policy and Administration

Spring 2024 | Dr. Stefano Scalera

Course Description

The course aims to train students in the analysis, design, evaluation, activation and management of public policies taking Italy as a benchmark case study. The course focuses on the implications of globalization and the need for an international comparative perspective to understand the formulation, implementation and results of public policies.

The features of the program are:

-    "Evidence - based" approach.
-    Need for research of comparable policies. 
-    Focus on political social sciences (economics, sociology, philosophy, public administration, political science)
-    Draft of a legislative and administrative decrees. 

The program focuses on how to approach the response to public problems, explaining how the administration may help the political decision maker to develop the policies needed or to implement a political decision in an efficient way. The program addresses of how bureaucracies interact with other political institutions (parliament), the political and legal context of administration, and how organization structures and governance structures affect the actions of the government.

The course is tailored for students interested in understanding better how a government works, in particular the fiscal administrations.

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Diplomatic Negotiation

Spring 2024 | Amb. Patrizio Fondi

Course Description

The course will focus on nature and technique of the diplomatic negotiation, both in bilateral and multilateral context.. In addition to a general overview of possible patterns, also selected cases and practical examples based on the experience of the lecturer/practitioner will be extensively used to describe the negotiation process under different aspects: contents, interests and values, skills, formats, tools. Moreover, the impact of new technologies  on the development of diplomatic mechanisms will be analyzed.

The course is tailored for students interested in understanding better the dynamic of negotiation in the framework of a diplomatic environment, in order to identify as well its peculiarity in comparison with other contexts ( such as business, technical-scientific or juridical fields).

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