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Italy: Sustainability through collaboration

Program overview

The objective of the BCIT Business Executive Field School is to offer applied learning, rich interactive site visits, and immersion in the cooperative and Italian culture.

Program details

Regions to be visited: Bologna, Emilia-Romagna

When: June 12, 2022 to June 18, 2022

Key experiences:

  • Exposure to the Italian Cooperative Model
  • Reinforce the importance of the principles of cooperation for mutual benefit
  • Observe how government policies can promote cooperative relations among firms
  • Learn to develop sector-specific strategies that aid the growth of cooperative firms
  • Discern the impact of a member based shared services model
  • Apply the cooperative model by working on a project with your cohort
  • Network with Italian Cooperative Executives and explore collaboration between countries

Site visits include (subject to change):

  • UNIBO, Alma Mater Studiorum
  • Legacoop Bologna
  • The Chamber of Commerce of Bologna
  • Banca Di Bologna Credito Cooperativo Societa Centro
  • Commerc. Art.Fossolo 2
  • Il Raccolto Soc.Coop. Agricola
  • FICO eatly
  • C.A.D.I.A.I. Cooperativa Sociale


Program cost: $6,595

Applicants are accepted in the order that they are received.

Program cost includes:

  • Programming and curriculum
  • Guest lectures
  • Site visits
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Curriculum related transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and lunches

Seats are limited. Fees do not cover airfare, transportation to and from Bologna or personal expenses. Accommodation will be at a four-star hotel located in the centre of town.

How to apply:

Interested in applying to the Executive Field School program? Email us.

My experience here in Italy has been far greater than I ever imagined. What I really walked away with is the culture of cooperation. I am more proud to be a part of a credit union and part of the co-operative movement and understanding the value that we play.

CEO, First West Credit Union, 2017 Executive Field School
BCIT Executive Field School Brochure

Join us on the 2022 BCIT Executive Field School in Italy to learn more about the Italian cooperative business model. Learn more about the program by downloading the brochure.

Hygge tour: ignite productivity through fostering workplace well-being

Copenhagen (city scape), Denmark during a beautiful sunny spring day.
Copenhagen (cityscape), Denmark during a beautiful sunny spring day.

BCIT’s Executive Field School in Productivity Management is traveling to Denmark to immerse participants in centuries-old wisdom that has resulted in the Danes being recognized as a global leader in the OECD Better Life Index and the World Happiness Report conducted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Join a cohort of private and public sector leaders seeking to reveal the productivity potential of their organizations through immersion in the Danish cultural tradition of hygge, pronounced “hoogah”. Danish organizations leverage the cultural traditions of hygge to design corporate cultures that enable employees and organizations to thrive.

This Field School challenges participants to consider the productivity potential that exists in finding and defining their organization’s ‘hygge’. Through visiting local companies and cultural excursions, participants will experience hygge, as defined and practiced in Denmark. BCIT and Danish experts will challenge participants to leverage their learning through defining what hygge could mean for their organizations and thus igniting their productivity potential.

Program details

Where: Copenhagen, Allerød, and Bagsværd, Denmark, and Lund and Malmö, Sweden

When: TBD

Key experiences:

  • Experience a variety of hygge-related processes and practices at organizations
  • Develop an understanding of the “People, Purpose, Productivity” Model and apply the model to your organizational setting
  • Learn key leadership skills that foster hygge
  • Build relationships with local leaders across multiple sectors who are committed to fueling workplace wellbeing and realizing their productivity potential

Site visits include (subject to change):

  • Confederation of Danish Industry (ID)
  • HK Trade Union
  • Designmuseum Danmark
  • PP Furniture
  • Fritz Hansen Furniture
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Oticon
  • Google Denmark
  • Esromgade
  • Danish Home
  • Escape Room in Sweden
  • Boat tour of Copenhagen
  • Traditional Hygge Gathering

How to apply:

Interested in applying to the Executive Field School program? Email us.