The European House – Ambrosetti, in partnership with Federmanager—the leading association of managers in Italy which represents and defends in a coherent and exclusive manner the interests of both active and retired managers of companies that produce goods and services—has decided to carry out a study on the question of the efficacy of responsible management.


The European House – Ambrosetti, in partnership with Federmanager— the leading association that represents Italian management, it represents and safeguards contractual, institutional, social, professional and cultural facets for managers, top management and top-level professionals in industry. — has decided to carry out a study on the question of the efficacy of responsible management.

On December 3rd, 2018, the  research “Bravi Manager Bravi” – in collaboration with Federmanager – has been presented in Rome.

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Research summary

In today’s political-economic context, characterized by a decline in traditional reference points, being a “good manager” (i.e., a competent manager) may not be enough. One also has to be a “good person”, in other words, someone with “people skills” or, better, a professional ethic with values.

The question we asked ourselves is:

How can the role of managers be identified today and how can individual behavior impact on the results of the company in which they work and, therefore, on the health of the entire nation?

In response—and together with the know-how and contribution of Federmanager—we have developed a study project that sets ambitious goals in analyzing the factors which influence Italian productivity, including an in-depth examination of the ways in which managers contribute to this result, through:

  • Quantitative analysis of: competencies, motivation, ethics and vision of the future of Italian management;
  • Qualitative study through round tables and local focus groups with the main players in Italian business and the economy who are members of Federmanager.

The experience and know-how of managers represent one of the success factors of Italy’s economy. This contribution can be attributed to the technical expertise, methods and structures that managers contribute to creating, but we are convinced that this is not the only aspect.

Another, lesser-known and perhaps less-conscious feature of their role must also be taken into consideration: The ability to bring with them to the workplace their own human side and behavior and values that encompass not only their professional, but also their personal identity.

The hypothesis, therefore, is to examine whether there exists an Italian approach to management, a peculiarly “Italian Way” to being part of an elite management class that assumes a much more detailed and complex role than “simply” meeting operational goals inherent in the corporate relationship.

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