Bocconi Podcasts: much more than words.

The world keeps on moving and evolving: to better navigate this ever-changing scenario, understanding it and creating your opinion on reality is fundamental.

Bocconi podcasts are great tools to do that. They enable listeners to go deeper and learn more about topics that really matter, in order to get inspired and gain new perspective on relevant issues. Another platform to fulfill our mission of spreading knowledge around the world.

Welcome to our podcasts.

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Clarity in a Messy World

What are the causes behind the most puzzling issues of our time? This series of talks shines a light on solutions for this chaotic world, in order to gain clarity thanks to the experience of guest experts interviewed by David W. Callahan.

Episode 1

25 / 02 / 2021

With Nicola Gennaioli, professor of Finance at Bocconi

The Human Bias Behind Financial Crises

This podcast explores the subtle (and unintended) ways in which human psychology has influenced a seemingly hyper-rational field: financial markets. More intriguing questions: what are stereotypes made of? And why was the 2008 crisis a "crisis of beliefs"?

Episode 2

10 / 03 / 2021

With Prof Catherine E. De Vries (Bocconi University) and Prof Sara B. Hobolt (London School of Economics).

Does the Pandemic Spell the End of Populism?

Populism has been challenging the established political order in many ways. Yet the pandemic has exposed some of the inconsistencies of populist leaders, prompting some analysts to predict the imminent demise of this trend in its current form. But things aren't quite so simple.

Episode 3

10 / 03 / 2021

With Prof Dirk Hovy, whose research focuses on computational social science.

The Potential Pitfalls of Algorithms

Our life is increasingly influenced by algorithms, which decide not just what comes on top of every Google search but also many other things you don't even know. An algorithm is neither good nor bad in itself, but telling a machine how to perform certain functions is riddled with pitfalls which can result in very undesirable consequences.

Episode 4

8 / 04 / 2021

With Eliana La Ferrara, professor of development economics at Bocconi.

Media as a Force for Social Change

Poverty and inequality are ubiquitous. A scientific approach to fighting poverty can yield impressive results, both as a way of efficiently allocating scarce resources and as a tool for determining what policies are most effective. Eliana La Ferrara describes how science can help disadvantaged communities both in the rich world and in developing countries. She has interesting stories to share involving how to use educational media for empowering women, and other underprivileged groups.

Episode 5

14 / 04 / 2021

With Alfonso Gambardella, head of the Department of Management and Technology at Bocconi.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Act like Scientists

Entrepreneurs who behave like scientists achieve better results. Success in business is all about having the right intuition and making good predictions, and you get the best predictions if you adopt a scientific approach.

Episode 6

21 / 04 / 2021

With Eleanor Spaventa, professor of European Union law at Bocconi.

Are There Winners in Brexit?

How did Brexit happen? Why have negotiations with the European Union been so bumpy? And, more importantly, can either party claim to have had the upper hand? Eleanor Spaventa lines up the facts and provides a rare balanced view on such a hotly contested topic.

Episode 7

28 / 04 / 2021

With Riccardo Zecchina, Vodafone professor of Machine Learning and Data Science at Bocconi.

All Beyond SciFi

Artificial intelligence has been the stuff of science fiction for a long time. But what does “Artificial Intelligence” actually mean in today’s world? Do we really face a future in which machines may turn on us?

Episode 8

05 / 05 / 2021

With Ariela Caglio, associate professor of Management Accounting at Bocconi.

Better Ways to Communicate Sustainability

Companies are increasingly keen on disclosing information about the responsible use of resources they make and in general about the sustainability of their operations. This is by no means just a marketing stunt, as stakeholders often take decisions based on this kind of information. For this reason, even non-financial data must be credible and transparent.
Ariela Caglio tells us how accounting is so much more than bookkeeping.

Episode 9

12 / 05 / 2021

With Hannes Wagner, Associate Professor of Finance at Bocconi.

Offshore Secrets Revealed

What exactly is a “tax haven”? How does money end up in such a place, and how can it do so undetected? This merits a whole field of study, as we find out in this captivating podcast.

Episode 10

19 / 05 / 2021

With Gianmarco Ottaviano and Giulia Boroli chair of European Studies at Bocconi.

The Backlash of Globalization

Globalization seemed poised to rule the world. Instead, it is now under attack by various protectionist and populist forces. We are therefore bound to accept that it was not unavoidable and it is not irreversible, as it is a political choice as opposed to a necessary historical process. Were people promised something that could not be delivered? Is the anger justified? Gianmarco Ottaviano, who holds the Achille, and Giulia Boroli chair of European Studies at Bocconi, also addresses the effects of the pandemic and Brexit on globalization and the longstanding issue of whether automation kills jobs.

Episode 11

26 / 05 / 2021

With Carlo Salvato, professor of business strategy at Bocconi.

How to Spot a Resilient Firm

Resilience, usually defined as the ability to bounce back to the previous state after a shock, can be more accurately described as a process by which an organisation weathers a stressful event not just by returning to its original form but improving itself in a sort of dynamic adaptation close to the evolution of natural species.
But what are the mental processes that enable this approach? Can we identify a "resilient mindset"?

Episode 12

01 / 06 / 2021

With Paola Profeta, professor of Public Economics at Bocconi University and AXA Researcher Lab on Gender Equality.

Gender Equality

We all know that the so-called "glass ceiling" is still very real. Some progress notwithstanding, women are still generally underrepresented and underpaid. Paola Profeta talks about what empirical evidence there is about policies that may help reduce the gender gap. The Covid crisis also shed light on the priorities set by women leaders and preliminary results seem to confirm that women at the top were indeed more successful than men at handling the pandemic. Finally, we should not overlook the fact that diversity has many dimensions, and equality must be sought on all of them.

Episode 13

09 / 06 / 2021

With Valentina Bosetti, professor of environmental and climate change economics at Bocconi.

Understanding Climate Change

The extent of climate change if not its very existence is a hotly contested topic. Scientists though have little doubt that this is happening now, and that action is urgently required. Economists are definitely doing their part, since a changing climate is bound to have a huge impact on world economy. But the effort towards limiting the damage is also a cost, which governments are reluctant to bear as the benefit is so hard to measure. Hear podcast host David Wayne Callahan as he talks to Valentina Bosetti about the challenges we face and will be facing if too little is done.

Episode 14

16 / 06 / 2021

With Kurt Munz, assistant professor of marketing at Bocconi.

Understanding Climate Change

The power of voice is something we seldom think about. Yet voice is ubiquitous and can be extremely effective, as podcast listeners know very well. What makes speech unique, compared with images? What chords does it strike? And how can we harness the power of voice? Kurt Munz unfolds for us the meaning of "auditory information processing" starting from his own experience as an officer in the US Navy.

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Story Scanner

Everybody tells a story. But nobody tells it as we do. This podcast series collects facts and reports from ViaSarfatti25, Bocconi University’s magazine. Listen to what professors and researchers have to say about the big topics in the fields of business, management, data science and politics.

Episode 1

31 / 05 / 2021

With Torben Pedersen, professor in Global Strategy at Bocconi University.

The Golden Age of Data

One of the most valuable assets of our time is data – described as the ‘new oil’ and driving innovation. So for companies it is vital to know how to source and process data and use it to create value and competitive advantage. In this episode, Torben Pedersen helps us understand how Data- Driven Innovation is the key to future success for companies and gives some tips on how to craft a data-driven innovation strategy. Gaia Rubera, professor in Business Analytics, talks to us about how big data has evolved in recent years and how companies can extract competitive advantage. Whilst Gabriele Troilo, professor in Marketing, discusses how to make investments in big data pay off, with insights for managers on how to reap the benefits of such investments.