"I really enjoy the multinational working and research environment with highly qualified and open-minded fellow students from all over the world." Behnaz Gholami, CDSB

Claudia Rossetti


Claudia Rossetti is originally from Milan, Italy. In 2015, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan). In 2018, she successfully completed her Master’s degree in International Management at Bocconi University (Milan). During her studies, she spent two semesters abroad, one at Audencia Business School in Nantes, France, and one at the University of Mannheim, Germany.

Over the years, Claudia gained diverse valuable practical experiences in different countries. In Luxembourg, she interned at the European Commission collaborating in financial market research and policy design. Later, in Germany and in Italy, she gained competence in the areas of branding, communication, and CRM working in the marketing teams of well-known companies in the banking and fast-moving consumer goods industries.

Research interests

Open Innovation 

Organizational Behaviour

Marketing Communication

Corporate Social Responsibility

Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS

The University of Mannheim is known for its outstanding academic offer in the field of business administration. As one of the best universities for management in Europe, the University has attracted a high number of excellent and inspiring professors as well as numerous other PhD students from all over the world. In this stimulating environment, the GESS program specializes in exploring both qualitative and quantitative methods for research. I am sure that it will be a good training ground for acquiring and developing the necessary knowledge and skills to, later on, develop my own research projects.

The best part of being a doctoral student here

The structure of the GESS program is ideal for gaining insight into different disciplines. Attending at the same time courses from the fields of business, economics, and social sciences is an enriching experience thanks to the discussion with professors and students passionate about different research areas. Furthermore, the University of Mannheim offers a great study environment by providing high-quality services in an international context.

A description of my fellow students

My colleagues are all well-qualified, friendly and down-to-earth. The constant interaction with them is undoubtedly a source of inspiration for improving my research projects.

My most challenging experience within the program

The interdisciplinary courses are often challenging and demanding. They often deal with unexplored topics and, therefore, require an ongoing commitment. However, they are also very rewarding thanks to their excellent contents.

My advice for prospective students

Seize the opportunity! The GESS program offers an incredible chance to build strong competencies and meet talented and motivated people.