A new course in «Furniture Design Management» at Luiss

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The difficulty of Italian companies in finding professional figures suitable for new industrial and commercial challenges is well known and the design sector is no exception, which for years has complained of a lack of human resources at all levels, from technicians to managers.

The new program organized by the Luiss Business School, in collaboration with FederlegnoArredo, Design Holding, Magis and Zordan, is aimed at training the latter. «Furniture Design Management», Major of the first level master in Management of creative and cultural businesses, is a 12-month course that aims to create managerial profiles with a broad and in-depth knowledge of the furniture-design sector, of the production chain , the main players and the different business models operating in the global market.

Lessons starting in September 2024

The Furniture Design Management course will start in September 2024 and, given the strong export propensity of the business sector, will be held in English, to respond to a national and international audience. The lessons will be held between Lombardy and Veneto to exploit the proximity to the most important industrial districts in the sector, jointly experiencing the managerial and strategic perspective with the operational and production one, thanks also to company visits to the headquarters and production plants of the partner companies.

A sector in transformation

The great transformation of the sector requires more and more figures who know the peculiarities of this industrial supply chain and are able to create value in the different organizational areas.

The Italian furniture macro-system – which also includes bathroom furniture and lighting – has around 21,750 companies, for a total of over 140 thousand employees. Production turnover came close to 29 billion euros in 2022. This is a supply chain strongly oriented towards exports, which accounts for 53% of the total turnover.

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