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The University of Palermo (Italian: Università degli Studi di Palermo) is a university located in Palermo, Italy, and founded in 1806. Its 12 faculties and 80 departments cover the most important domains of contemporary scientific and technological knowledge. The university serves over 65,000 students.

Our People

Prof. C. Bianchi
Carmine Bianchi graduated in Business Administration at the University of Palermo in 1984. He currently holds the position of full professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences. The main consulting fields which he upholds are Dynamic Balanced Scorecards, Strategic Modelling and Planning in Public Government, Dynamic Scenario Planning and Linking System Dynamics and Accounting Models to support entrepreneurial learning in the planning process and performance evaluation. In the past he worked as a management consultant at Anderson Consulting (Milan) and Praxis Management (Milan). His professional research experience started at Centro Ricerche e Studi Direzionali in Palermo after which he was employed by the University of Palermo. The main focus of the subjects taught in the Master level are Planning and Control Systems, Public Administration Levels and System Dynamics Modelling for Business Strategy.

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Dr. E. Bivona
Enzo Bivona currently fills the post of Assistant Professor in Business Management at the University of Palermo. In addition he is the Vice-President of the System Dynamics Group University of Palermo. In 2004 he completed his PhD in Business Management at the University of Catania. He holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy in System Dynamics. In a variety of research projects he has held the position of senior researcher. One of these projects was aimed at developing educational programs to support entrepreneurs and post-graduate students in small business growth through an Interactive Learning Environment (ILE) based on System Dynamics (SD) Methodology.

Dr. F. Cosenz
Dr. Federico Cosenz is Assistant Professor in Business & Public Management at the University of Palermo since 2012. He holds an International PhD in Model Based Public Planning, Policy Design, and Management (University of Palermo, University of Bergen, Radboud University of Njimegen) and a Master of Science in Business Management at the University of Palermo (Italy). He has attended several study programs on Public & Business Management and System Dynamics at the University of Bergen (Norway), at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and at the IESE Business School (Barcelona/Spain). Federico Cosenz has also attended the Master course in Tax consultancy, tax planning and international fiscal systems at the LUISS Business School (Rome/Italy), and has worked in consulting firms (tax and legal, audit, accountancy) and banks. Since 2008 he is also a chartered accountant.
His research interests are mainly focused on: Planning & Control Systems, Performance Management and Measurement Systems applied to Enterprises and Public Organizations, SMEs, System Dynamics modeling, Public Policy Design.


Planning and Control Systems (7.5 ECs)
Students know about the fundamentals of designing planning and control (P and C) systems to support the steering and management processes of different organisations. They can obtain a systemic and design-oriented view of P and C. They are able to position SD models into the wider P&C system of an organisation. They also learn to analyse and diagnose business solvency and profitability, and to draw up ‘dynamic’ business plans.

System Dynamics for Business Strategy (7.5 ECs)
Students are able to apply SD to business strategy formulation and implementation, with a particular focus on SMEs. Skills are developed in mapping processes affecting performance. Students also learn who to use the SD method in supporting business decision makers to identify areas for results improvement, and set proper goals/objectives, as well as use performance indicators to foster sustainable strategies.

Planning, Policy Design, and Management in the Public Sector (6 ECs)
Students learn about the peculiar complexity of the public sector. They also know how to apply the fundamentals of P and C design to public sector organisations, in order to support their steering and management processes. Emphasis is remarked on the need to link the political and managerial level, planning and control, design and implementation, policy formulation and evaluation.

System Dynamics for Planning, Policy Design, and Management in the Public Sector (9 ECs)
Students learn how to apply the SD method as an approach to foster a ‘learning-oriented’ view of P&C in the public sector. They learn how to link SD models to other P&C models into a coherent system which can better support key-actors’ learning and decision making in the different context of the public sector.

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