Spring 2019

In the final months of class activities participants have the opportunity to focus their path on those specific managerial subjects congruent with their own preferences. Building on the Italian and local endowment and on the Bocconi endowment for management and governance, four electives are offered during the Concentrations, allowing students to gain in-depth skills in topics of major relevance in today’s business world. The Electives are grouped into 4 Concentrations running in parallel in groups of 2. Students are required to take two Concentrations out of four.


A. City Management and Competitiveness
This concentration is designed to provide knowledge and skills for professionals seeking careers in local governments. The aim of this concentration is to train students to face management challenges within local governments worldwide and develop the skills and knowledge to enhance the capacity of cities to make effective decisions which stimulate the business and social environment.


Managing Cities of the Future

City Management and Competitiveness
City Branding
Co-production in Service Excellence

C. International Public and Non-profit Management

This concentration is designed to provide knowledge and concrete managerial skills for professionals seeking careers in international public and non-profit organizations. This concentration covers important management topics such as interagency coordination, stakeholder management and cross-sector partnerships, how actors involved in decision-making manage successful negotiation and manage complex projects.

Inter-agency Collaborative Practices
Fundraising, Advocacy and Communication
Management of Itnernational Projects

Thank you @gretanasi and @SdaBocconi for counting on me for the exciting experience of lecturing at the MPA! Always thrilled to learn from the great students in the master!

Awesome @mariagalindo82 discusses how we tackle the needs of citizens in global cities @SdaBocconi #MPA  #citycompetitiveness

Francesca Realacci

Yesterday, SDA Bocconi #MPA and #EMMIO classes visited Palazzo Marino to meet arabella caporello, Milan City Manager, to learn more about her #strategies to increase #attractiveness and ameliorate the conditions in the peripheries. #palazzomarino #sdabocconi #mpa #emmio #meeting

Greta Nasi , Alexander Hiedemann , Aika Bolat , Piergiacomo Mion Dalle Carbonare , Eduardo A. Toscani von Potieruchin , Jason Boon , Flavia Bozzolla , Ana Lucía Canales Herrerías , Mariano Gubaira , Anthony Swain , Marina Ceccarelli , Ian Schaefer



B. Business and Government Relations

In today's world, understanding and managing the complex interactions between Businesses and Governments is crucial both for public and private managers. Business - Government Relations (hereafter BGRs) refer to a multiple set of interactions. Under a more traditional way, BGRs refer to the effects generated by public policies and regulation on business activity.
Other forms of BGRs, which are less relational and more transactional, refer to Public Procurement strategies and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for infrastructure and service delivery. Actually, PPPs represent one of the main important challenges for Governments from across the world, which face a huge infrastructure gap of more than 80 trillion US$ and curtailed public resources. Beyond the attraction of private capital, Public Authorities need to leverage the private sector know how and innovation capacity to deliver more cost-effective services. This concentration will provide a deep understanding of the dynamics and features of BGRs, with specific reference to PPPs, thanks to a hands-on approach, based on the discussion of cases and the interaction with the most relevant international public and private players.

  • Business and Government Relations
  • PPP Contracts
  • Financing Development

D. Political Institutions and Public Sector Efficiency

The MPA Concentration in Political Institutions and Public Sector Efficiency introduces the nature, structure, operation, accountability and behavioral consequences of political institutions and modern bureaucracy in 21st century global public affairs. Students will gain an in-depth understanding on the role of bureaucracy, political parties, legislation, public participation, civil society and various interest groups in government policy making.
The courses offered under this track will focus on evaluation methods, limitations and criteria of public policies based on the concepts of normative political theory, ethics, behavior of political institutions and bureaucracies. The aim of the Concentration is to improve the quality of public administration by introducing innovative methods to increase public participation, integration and interaction of political institutions with public bodies. Specifically, class discussions will be focused on various processes that strengthen and transform institutions based on the needs and demands of modern public sector.

MPA students specializing in Political Institutions and Public Sector Efficiency will become experts to lead public sector organizations efficiently and deal with modern bureaucracies effectively to provide better services to the public and contribute to improving standards of governance as professional public sector managers.

  • Governance and Public Policy Issues
  • Open Government and Big Data for the Public Sector
  • Consulting for the Public Sector

Suggested paths will be:

  • Experts in Management of International Cities: A+B
  • Experts in International Development and Public Policy: C+D
  • Experts in Local Growth and Social Capital: A+D
  • Experts in Management of International Public Sector Institutions: C+B

  • SDA Bocconi School of Management
    MPA 2016-17 class, as part of their Concentration on International Public and Non-profit Management, on 6-7 April visited WIPO, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, UN Geneva and United Nations Library at Geneva: a “once in a life time” experience to visit the UN premises and interact with UN agencies professionals, learning about inter-agency collaborative practices, fundraising, advocacy and communication, and management of complex projects.