Welcome to our Division

What sets a business apart? What makes your investment sustainable and profitable in the long run? How do I start my business?

The division of Business and Economics (BE) focuses on equipping students with the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies to deal with current economic and business challenges. 

Our programs equip students with an interdisciplinary and rigorous approach grounded on the principles of the liberal arts, to enable them to take key decisions in a rapidly changing economic environment. Combining guest lectures from industry experts, field projects and research workshops, faculty help students develop a rigorous and up-to-date knowledge on the most challenging and compelling topics on business and economics.  

Our educational programs stress both theoretical and applied concepts, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, communication skills, and basic computer literacy. We challenge students to integrate and apply concepts, frameworks and critical thinking to current, real-world management scenarios.

The BE division offers five majors: in the area of Economics and Finance, students can choose majors in Finance, in International Economics and in Political Economy; In the area of Management, students can choose International Management and International Marketing Management. In addition, we present minors in Economics, Management, Finance and Marketing.

Students with degrees from BE have gone on to graduate school to further deepen their studies; to multinational companies in several industries (e.g. fashion, fast-moving consumer goods, automotive), to consultancy firms, banks and other financial institutions.  

Division Chair

CHAIR OF THE ACADEMIC DIVISION OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MARKETING

Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy,
Master Degree in Economics for Arts, Culture and Communication, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 1
Phone: +41 91 985 22 78

Email: gminiero@fus.edu

Giulia Miniero

HIGHLIGHTS

International Management Capstone Project

The International Management capstone course in the business and economics division is designed to be an experiential learning experience for the students. It is taught in a real-life context and focuses on the role of an entrepreneur in the development of a business idea with the final objective of creating a business plan to initiate a startup.

At the end of 2020, Franklin University Switzerland and the cultural division of the city of Lugano signed an agreement for creating a cultural start-up with the goal of promoting the cultural heritage of the city of Lugano.

The division of Business and Economics at Franklin will contribute to this project through its capstone course in which students will develop the business plan for the startup and will create innovative tools to make the cultural heritage of the city more accessible to citizens and visitors of Lugano. Students will be challenged to think critically, strategically, creatively, and collaboratively with the goal to develop a business idea and turn it into a startup. Using this hands-on, experiential learning approach, students are required to apply the concepts of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, strategy, and organizational behavior to the development of a business plan that can be implemented in a real-life setting.

FEATURED PUBLICATION

Value co-production made easy: the role of fantastical thinking

Companies across many industries are now offering to customers opportunities to customize, personalize and cocreate products. Sometimes, this process is very complex for customers. In this paper, Prof Miniero and her colleagues explain how by leveraging on fantasy, consumers can succeeed and enjoy in the customization activity. 

Students & Alumni

Beata Kanka '18

Studying economics at Franklin was an influential and path-changing experience. I had never planned to major in economics. However, the introductory economics courses made such a strong impression on me and aroused my interest to the extent that I decided - even to my surprise - to add economics as a second major.
Excellence and devotion from the part of the faculty provided me with both an in-depth knowledge and an enjoyable learning experience, not to mention the academic travel to India and Bhutan, where we had the chance to examine economic issues firsthand. I feel enriched by acquiring such a diverse and quality education.

James Jasper '11

In the rapidly changing world of business and finance, a great education in economics makes you truly valuable to any enterprise. Franklin's Department of Economics provides just that--not only are high-level theories of banking and economics discussed in detail, instructors focus on strategic decision making and business level analysis as well. Regardless of whether students enter large firms or start-ups, they will make a meaningful contribution to their organization and be prepared with the knowledge needed to grow in their positions. In my own career as a Business Intelligence Analyst at Sebonic Financial, the knowledge provided by my economics courses has allowed me to effectively control point-of-sale pricing for a multi-million dollar company while also positioning me to execute on the strategic growth plan. Focusing on breadth and depth of knowledge, the department trains students to excel in the modern world.

Fahd Arnouk '11

My experience with the Department of Economics at Franklin was both eye-opening and rewarding. I learned the importance and impact of individuals like John Maynard Keynes on modern economic thinking, and I was also taught the essentials of corporate finance and statistical modeling. By the time I graduated in 2011, I felt well-versed in how important concepts like monetary policy and stock price valuation were in international markets. Having that solid foundation helped ease the transition into my graduate studies in management at King's College London, and will no doubt help me now as I am looking to start my career.

Our Faculty

Faculty within the BE division combine high-level research and applied and practical experience in their teaching activities, making each course updated and able to tackle real-world issues. They will empower students by providing them with the tools and instruments to build a successful career. By advising and mentoring students, faculty will help each one to grow and become a global business leader able to make a real impact in any endeavor.   

We invite you to peruse our individual faculty profiles for more information or check out the publications section below to see some of our recent scholarships.

Division Chair

CHAIR OF THE ACADEMIC DIVISION OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MARKETING

Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy,
Master Degree in Economics for Arts, Culture and Communication, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 1
Phone: +41 91 985 22 78

Email: gminiero@fus.edu

Giulia Miniero

Full-time Faculty

Associate Professor, Economics and Finance

Ph.D., University of Missouri, Kansas City
M.A., Mumbai University
B.A., St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, Office 13
Phone: +41 91 986 36 36
Email: pdasgupta@fus.edu

Poulomi Dasgupta

Assistant Professor of Finance

Ph.D. in Finance, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA
M.S. in Finance, Baton Rouge, USA
B.S. in International Economics and Management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 2
Phone: +41 91 986 53 24
Email: dsuleiman@fus.edu

David Suleiman

Professor, Economics and Finance

Ph.D. in Economics, Rutgers University, NJ, USA
M.A. in Economics, Rutgers University, NJ, USA
Laurea magistrale with Honors in Political Economy, Bocconi University, Italy

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, Office 2
Phone: +41 91 986 36 32
Email: aterzi@fus.edu

Andrea Terzi

Part-time Faculty

Adjunct Professor, Economics

Ph.D. University of Bielefeld, Germany
M.A. University of Pennsylvania, USA
Dottore in Economia, Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy 

Head of Department of Economics and Finance at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Faculty Office 9
Phone: +41 91 985 22 64
Email: lcolombo@fus.edu

Luca Colombo

Adjunct Professor, Economics

PhD (ABD) Università della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland)
M.B.A. Golden Gate University (USA)
B.S. Sonoma State University (USA)

Office: LAC #8
Phone: + 41 76 615 4864
Email: fdellacorte@fus.edu

Fabrizio L. Della Corte

Adjunct Professor, Marketing

Master in Business Administration (Full-time MBA), SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy
P.h.D program, USI University (Università della Svizzera Italiana)

Email: rdesanctis@fus.edu

Roberta De Sanctis

Adjunct Professor, Economics

Ph.D. in Monetary Economics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
M.Sc. in European Political Economy, London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Office: North Campus Villa Loft, Office 12
Phone: +41 91 986 36 35
Email: vdianova@fus.edu 

Vera Dianova

Professor Emerita, Quantitative Methods

Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia
M.S. in Applied Statistics, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus 4
Phone: +41 91 986 36 34
Email: 
sdudukovic@fus.edu

 

Sanja Dudukovic

Adjunct Professor, Management

Ph.D. Management (highest grade), University of Bologna
M.Sc. Summa Cum Laude in Business Management, University of Bologna

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Faculty Office 8
Email: amonti@fus.edu

Alberto Monti

Adjunct Professor, International Management

M.B.A General Management, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Harvard Business School, Boston 2009
M.A. Philosophy, Politics, Economics (P.P.E) Oxford University, UK 2003
B.A (Hons) in Economics, Delhi University, India 2001

Office: Kaletsch Campus (by appointment)
Phone: +39 3270178968
Email: rmehra@fus.edu

Rakhi Mehra

Executive in Residence, International Management

Ph.D. study (ABD) The Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA
B.A. Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, Office 10
Phone: +41 91 986 36 56
Email: grocourt@fus.edu

Georges Rocourt
Our Highlights

Discover all the latest BE division events, projects, activities, and accomplishments. Our faculty publish volumes, attend and organize conferences, arrange workshops and guest lectures, creating new knowledge, learning opportunities and initiatives for the University and their students. In addition, they are award-winning dedicated academics who further contribute to their field of expertise and enhance their skills and competencies.

International Management Capstone Project

The International Management capstone course in the business and economics division is designed to be an experiential learning experience for the students. It is taught in a real-life context and focuses on the role of an entrepreneur in the development of a business idea with the final objective of creating a business plan to initiate a startup.

At the end of 2020, Franklin University Switzerland and the cultural division of the city of Lugano signed an agreement for creating a cultural start-up with the goal of promoting the cultural heritage of the city of Lugano.

The division of Business and Economics at Franklin will contribute to this project through its capstone course in which students will develop the business plan for the startup and will create innovative tools to make the cultural heritage of the city more accessible to citizens and visitors of Lugano. Students will be challenged to think critically, strategically, creatively, and collaboratively with the goal to develop a business idea and turn it into a startup. Using this hands-on, experiential learning approach, students are required to apply the concepts of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, strategy, and organizational behavior to the development of a business plan that can be implemented in a real-life setting.

The Franklin Frank goes Crypto

While many economics departments at universities in the United States are rushing to develop courses about quickly developing cryptocurrencies, Franklin University Switzerland took a different route by developing its own cryptocurrency designed for students, by students.

The currency is part of the Franklin Frank Community Engagement Program, a four-year-old initiative launched by Professors Andrea Terzi and Poulomi Dasgupta from the Economics and Finance Department. “Students can earn Franklin Franks by working with local institutions and non-profit organizations in the Franklin neighborhood”, explained Professor Terzi, “which are required for certain courses. Students who are unable to perform a sufficient amount of volunteering tasks, can arrange a trade with another student who contributed extra time and possesses a surplus of Franklin Franks.”

Franklin can now boast to have created the first cryptocurrency program on a university campus in Switzerland, which is ideal, as Switzerland is quickly developing as a leader in cryptocurrency.

 

The Franklin Frank

The International Management capstone course in the business and economics division is designed to be an experiential learning experience for the students. It is taught in a real-life context and focuses on the role of an entrepreneur in the development of a business idea with the final objective of creating a business plan to initiate a startup.

Projects and ActivitiesAt the end of 2020, Franklin University Switzerland and the cultural division of the city of Lugano signed an agreement for creating a cultural start up with the goal of promoting the cultural heritage of the city of Lugano.

The division of Business and Economics at Franklin will contribute to this project through its capstone course in which students will develop the business plan for the startup and will create innovative tools to make the cultural heritage of the city more accessible to citizens and visitors of Lugano. Students will be challenged to think critically, strategically, creatively, and collaboratively with the goal to develop a business idea and turn it into a startup. Using this hands-on, experiential learning approach, students are required to apply the concepts of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, strategy, and organizational behavior to the development of a business plan that can be implemented in a real-life setting.

Our Publications

Our many faculty members’ publications range from academic journals, case studies, scholarly writings, book chapters and more with a cross-disciplinary perspective. They conduct innovative and pioneering research, spanning diverse insights, integration and application, while being actively engaged in the creation of intellectual exchange and education

Highlighted

Value co-production made easy: the role of fantastical thinking

Companies across many industries are now offering to customers opportunities to customize, personalize and cocreate products. Sometimes, this process is very complex for customers. In this paper, Prof Miniero and her colleagues explain how by leveraging on fantasy, consumers can succeeed and enjoy in the customization activity. 

Design Thinking for Food Well Being: an Adolescent Language Perspective

Individuals start learning about food and food habits when they are children. How then do they develop and evolve their food habits over time? In this work, Prof Miniero and her colleagues analyze the language that adolescents (13-to 18 y.o.) use to describe their food habits and food wellbeing.

Why not promote promotion for green consumption?

Promoting a more sustainable and environmental conscious behavior is fundamental for policy makers and companies. What strategies to employ from an advertising point of you?

In this paper, Prof Miniero and her colleagues suggest that focusing on the concept of regulatory focus might be an interesting solution for fostering a more sustainable behavior.

Other Publications

 

2021

Dudukovic S. (2021) “Cascade volatility model does not produce Gaussian residuals”, Forthcoming in " Journal of Finance and Accountancy, Vol. 29, March  

2020

Dasgupta, P. “Using travel to teach Sustainable Economic Development” Chapter in ‘Reteaching economics - experiences from plural socio*economic higher education’. Springer VS. 2020

Miniero, G. (with M & F.Ricotta). Value co-production made easy: the role of fantastical thinking. European Journal of Marketing.

Miniero, G. (with M. Bonera, A. Codini, A) “The great Millennials’ trouble: leading or confused green generation? An Italian insight.” Italian Journal of Marketing2020(4), 289-308.

Miniero, G. (with M. Pizzetti, A.Baccelloni, F. Ricotta) “Design Thinking for Food Well being: an adolescent language perspective”, in Design Thinking for Food Well Being, Edited by Batat, W, Springer New York, forthcoming

Miniero, G. (with C. Holst)“Corporate Communication and the Arts: The Mistake of not engaging”, in Managing the Cultural Business Avoiding Mistakes, Finding Success. Edited by Addis, M., Rurale, A, Routdlege,

2019

Dudukovic S.2019. “Evaluating Realized Volatility Models with Higher Order Cumulants: HAR-RV Versus ARIMA-RV”. In H.Bilgin, M., Danis at al (eds).  Eurasian Business Perspectives. Eurasian Studies in Business and Economics, Springer Nature-Switzerland. pp 315-336. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-11833-4

Dudukovic S.2019." Inverse Time Series approach to Non-Gaussian GARCH-ARMA FX Volatility Modeling ", Paper presented and published in Conference Proceedings, EBES 28th, London  May 28-31, 2019.

Terzi, A. (2019). The rise of national central banks' TARGET balances in the euro area: a comment. European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention, 1, 1-8.

2018

Dudukovic S.(2018) ." Micro and Macro Determinants of Stock Prices and their Volatility - The Case of International Oil Companies", Presented at 25th EBES Conference and published in the Proceedings, Berlin May 23-25, 2018.

Dudukovic S.(2018) .”A new approach to Economic & Financial non-Gaussian Time Series Modeling and Forecasting”. 1st Vienna Workshop on Economic Forecasting Feb. 15-16, 2018. Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna (IHS).Poster section.

Miniero, G. (with M. Addis, F.  Ricotta)“Building brands through experiential events: when entertainment meets education”, African Journal of Business Management, vol 12 (20),pp 596-608

Miniero, G. (with M. Addis, I. Soscia)“Facing contradictory Emotions in Event Marketing”, Journal of Consumer Marketing, vol 35 issue 2

Miniero G. (with A. Codini, M. Bonera) “ Why not promote promotion for green consumption? The controversial role of regulatory focus”. European Business Review, 30(5), 554-570.

2017

Dudukovic S. “Does Multiplicative Seasonal Volatility Model Outperform Cascade Volatility Model? Evidence from Forex Market”. Presented at 22 EBES conference in May, Italy at the University “LA Sapienza”, 2017

Miniero, G. (with F. Ricotta, M. Addis) ” Personalizzazione vs Semplificazione: ottimizzare la differenziazione divertendosi” Non c’è più il marketing di una volta. Scritti in ricordo di Gennaro Cuomo, Cedam

Miniero, G. (with P. Caiozzo, M.C. Cito) “Venditore si nasce? Il mestiere visto dagli studenti”, Economia e Management, vol 1

Miniero, G. (2017) “Nuove frontiere dell’esperienza di consumo: il ruolo della fantasia”, Egea ISBN: 978-88-238-4576-3

2016

Miniero, G. (with A. Codini, M. Bonera) “Time horizon and green consumption” Mercati e Competitività, vol 1

Miniero, G. (with M. Addis) “Come aumentare il ritorno della personalizzazione dei prodotti?” Ideas of Management, SDA Bocconi Business School, July

Terzi, A. (2016). In the absence of fiscal union, the Eurozone needs a more flexible monetary policy: A comment. PSL Quarterly Review - Economia Civile, 69(278), 279-285.

Terzi, A. (2016). A T-shirt model of savings, debt, and private spending: lessons for the euro area. European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention, Edward Elgar Publishing, 13(1), 39-56.

2015

Miniero, G. (with M. Bonera, A. Codini, E. Corvi, G. Bertoli) “Stimolare le scelte di consumo green”, Micro e Macro Marketing, vol 1

Miniero,G. (with M. Addis, F. Ricotta) “Personalizzare l’offerta con successo: il ruolo della fantasia”, Economia & Management, vol 1