Gisma | SDA Bocconi School of Management

SDA Bocconi and GISMA come together to offer global organizations industry-relevant programs and customized training to meet their business needs. The programs offer a fresh perspective on critical business disciplines and an updated approach on emerging areas. 

Starting in the second half of 2017, the initial course portfolio will include executive programs covering topics such as International Negotiation; Influencing & Persuasion for Managers; Leading Multinational Teams and Start-up Finance.


According to Thorsten Thiel, Managing Director at GISMA, the partnership is likely to expand to include more programs. He said: “We are extremely proud to have the privilege of working with SDA Bocconi and offering their programs at our campus in Berlin. With Europe’s constant changing political and business landscapes and the impact that technological developments are likely to have on business in Germany in the coming years, it is crucial that organizations of all sizes stay ahead of the curve so they can assess potential risks and make the most of the opportunities arising from these changes." 

Giuseppe Soda, SDA Bocconi Dean, confirms the relevance of this new Partnership: “Our goal is to be an increasingly international School of Management, capable of conducting rigorous, relevant and multidisciplinary studies, and this collaboration constitutes an important opportunity to directly impact the German market. Internationalization is a top priority for SDA Bocconi and the launching of new and challenging International Executive Programs in partnership with GISMA reflects our mission: to contribute to the development of individuals and organizations by creating and disseminating innovative managerial knowledge.”


I welcome the academic partnership between the SDA Bocconi School of Management and GISMA Business School. Executive education is pivotal to improve industrial entrepreneurship in times of digital transformation and rapidly changing business models. The impact of new technologies and artificial intelligence as well as  the creation of new value chains increase the need for European companies to adapt and to anticipate change. Increasing entrepreneurial leadership and developing digital skills will be fundamental for business to drive these changes and succeed in the international markets. Deepening and widening the market of executive education in a European and global perspective can significantly improve the leadership of our entrepreneurs and managers, making the most out of our respective business cultures: German organization and Italian creativity”. 

H.E. Pietro Benassi, Italian Ambassador to Germany