Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale


PhD Programme in Management Engineering

The PhD programme in Management Engineering (DRIG) offers students an advanced education together with the opportunity of carrying out research work in the fields of managment, economics and industrial engineering.

The programme ensures that students build up a solid methodological background, allowing them to develop their multidisciplinary knowledge, an open minded approach to research and the ability to address problems in an innovative way, while combining different perspectives and approaches.

The Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering’s commitment to research and its scientific collaborations with other institutions provide students with an ideal environment in which to pursue research in their personal fields of interest within a broad spectrum of different topics.

If you are interested to get more information and support, we invite you to fulfil the enquiry form of our University, specifying the PhD programme of interest.
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Location: Milan

Language: English

Format: Full Time/Part Time

Course Start: November

Application: mid-April / end of May

Duration: 3 years Full Time
4 years Executive

Required degree: University Master of Science degree (or equivalent)


Tel: +39 022399 2774/4840
Email: phd-ges@polimi.it


The Ph.D. programme in Management Engineering (Dottorato di Ricerca in Ingegneria Gestionale, DRIG) offers candidates advanced training and preparation to conduct research in the fields of management, economics and industrial engineering. It aims to develop professionals who are able to carry out, in these fields, high-profile research in universities and international research institutions, manufacturing and service companies, regulatory authorities and other public bodies. The programme allows the candidate to develop a sound methodological background and multidisciplinary knowledge by attending courses designed to provide a multiplicity of visions, theories and approaches, a broad cultural panorama and the ability to study problems in an innovative manner, combining various analytical perspectives.

The commitment of the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering (DIG) to research and to cooperate with other academic institutions, or major industrial and service companies, creates an ideal environment for candidates to acquire leading-edge knowledge and cultivate their own research interests in a broad range of research subjects.

Research lines

Ph.D. yearbooks and thesis

The theses abstracts are published in our yearbooks:

Yearbook 2018

Yearbook 2017

Yearbook 2016

Yearbook 2015

Yearbook 2014

Yearbook 2013

  • Access to the Ph.D. programme is through a competitive selection process.
  • The online application opens once a year around mid-April for the full time format; application and eligibility check are permanent for the executive format.
  • The academic year of the PhD programmes starts at Politecnico di Milano on November 1st.
  • Every year, the ranking of selected candidates will be published on the Politecnico di Milano Ph.D. School website.


The Ph.D. programme is offered both in the full time (3 years) and the executive format (4 years).

It is composed of three different educational components.

  • the main courses (30 ECTS) include: methodological courses on aspects relating to theoretical and applied research in management, economics and industrial engineering;
  • seminars having the aim of introducing students to state-of-the-art research in specific fields relating to the above subjects.

Elective courses and teaching in specific activities (25 ECTS) are studies customised according to the students’ specific research interests. Their aim is to expand students’ scientific knowledge of specific topics and introduce them to the international research network by presenting their research work at international conferences.

The preparation of a Ph.D. thesis (125 ECTS) is eventually the qualifying activity of the Ph.D. programme. It allows students to develop leading-edge research competencies and to produce an original scientific contribution on a topic of significance for scientific debate and of interest for the business world.

The Ph.D. thesis is an original contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the candidate’s research field. The research will be supervised by members of the doctoral faculty, who will provide guidance to the candidate in setting out and arranging the everyday activities involved in the thesis development. The thesis can be edited in the form of a monograph or a collection of papers.

At the conclusion of the PhD studies, the Faculty Board evaluates the candidates. Candidates who receive a positive evaluation submit their theses to two external reviewers for refereeing. If the evaluation provided by the reviewers is positive (or after the revisions required by the external reviewers), the candidates may defend the thesis in front of a Committee composed of three members (at least two of which must be external experts).

The resulting thesis needs to be coherent with the research lines developed in the Department where the PhD programme is developed.

Each course lasts approximately one week and is composed of classroom lessons, individual study and group work.  

At the end of each year, the candidate will present the progress of the research project in front of a committee and will discuss it with a Discussant from the PhD Faculty.

All courses are taught in English.


Schedule of courses 2017-2018

Schedule of courses 2018-2019

Schedule of courses 2019-2020

Outline of the PhD Programme (XXXIV Cycle)


STATUS OF APPLICATIONS: OPEN – Please check all the details in the tab “How to apply”

In order to be admitted to the PhD programme, students must hold a University Master of Science degree (or equivalent). The most relevant background university studies are those in the fields of economics, management and industrial engineering. However, students who hold degrees in other technical and scientific disciplines or in social sciences may also be admitted to the programme.

To be admitted to the Doctorate Programme in Management Engineering applicants must apply through a competitive selection process.
The application period runs once a year from mid-April until the end of May.
A ranking of selected candidates will be published on the Politecnico di Milano Ph.D. School website at the end of July and the new Ph.D academic year starts at the beginning of November.

Knowledge of English is required; to this end, applicants are required to submit one of the certificates listed below no later than end of October, if not already submitted at the closing date of the call. Failure to submit certificates within the established closing date for enrolment irrevocably results in the loss of the right to enrolment.
Below is a list of the certifications accepted by the Politecnico di Milano and the corresponding levels:

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) all types ≥ 6
ETS – TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper based (total score) ≥ 547
ETS – TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) computer based (total score) ≥ 210
ETS – TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) internet based (total score) ≥ 78
ETS – TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication -Listening and Reading Test ) ≥ 720

The said certification is valid regardless of the date when it was awarded.

Citizens of Countries in which English is an official language are not required to certify their knowledge of English; the same applies to applicants who have been awarded or will be awarded academic qualifications by an institute in which all teaching activity is carried out in English.
These applicants must attach official documents to their application; in particular, where all courses are carried out in English, this needs to be certified by the corresponding academic institute.

Please see more information on admission criteria here

Insights on the Application process

Admission to the PhD programme in Management Engineering (DRIG) is limited to a predetermined number of students according to the scholarships available in the programme. This ensures the optimal development of each student while enriching the group’s learning and investigation process.

The “assisted consultation procedure” we provide in this website, aims to help you getting awareness of the scholarships available and of the on-line application you have to fulfil in order to submit your candidature.

The candidature may apply to different types of scholarship, both provided by DRIG, classified as:

  • Generic Scholarship
    • Elective Research in Management Engineering
    • Oriented Research in Management Engineering
  • Topic Scholarship (also including interdisciplinary scholarships).

The “assisted consultation procedure” consists of 5 steps, integrating the information that can be consulted both in the PhD School website homepage and in this website.


Step 1 – Introductory information about all PhD programmes at Politecnico di Milano

Consult the page Call for positions and scholarships for general information about PhD programmes currently active at Politecnico di Milano, admission requirements, call deadlines, etc.

Step 2 – 35th Cycle PhD Call

Consult the page 35th Cycle PhD Call  to read the open Call with related details.
Here you will also find the online procedure that you have to fulfill to submit your application to the selected PhD programme and scholarship.

Deadline: 21th May 2019 (2pm, italian time)

Step 3 – Introductory information about the PhD programme in Management Engineering (DRIG)

Consult the page Management Engineering to get introductory information about the PhD programme in Management Engineering (DRIG).

Step 4 – Scholarships available within the PhD programme in Management Engineering (DRIG)

Consult this page to read the information sheets of the research fields and scholarships, in alphabetical order, offered within the PhD Programme in Management Engineering.
The collection presents both the generic scholarships (two information sheets named as “Elective Research in Management Engineering” and “Oriented research in Management Engineering”) and the topic scholarships (also including interdisciplinary scholarships).

Consult the tab SCHOLARSHIPS in this section to get the detailed description of the Oriented research and the Topic scholarships.

Step 5 – Scholarships available within all PhD programmes at Politecnico di Milano

Consult the page Places and scholarships  to be informed of the types and numbers of scholarships offered within the Call, available from the PhD programmes currently active at Politecnico di Milano.


Within the 35th Cycle Call, eight scholarships, including oriented and elective research in management engineering, are offered.

A list of specific research themes is available here, as oriented research:

Advanced design and planning for reconfiguration of production systems

Economics of Science and Innovation

Female entrepreneurship

Innovative entrepreneurship and the Gig economy

Logistics 4.0 new models for distribution enabled by innovative technologies

Organization 4.0 alternative models of work organization

People engagement in Innovation Systems

Policy and Innovation for social impact

Seed and start-up finance

Sustainability and Circularity of Industrial Systems

The Challenge of Sustainability in Digital Supply Chains

Monthly net income of PhDscholarship (max 36 months)

€ 1400.00
In case of a change of the welfare rates during the three-year period, the amount could be modified.

Additional information

  • Funding for educational activities: 1st year: 1200 euros per student, 2nd year: 1200 euros perstudent, 3rd year: 1200 euros per student
  • Teaching assistantship: there are various forms of financial aid for activities of support to the teaching practice.
  • The PhD student is encouraged to take part in these activities, within the limits allowed by the regulations.
  • Computer availability: individual use
  • Desk availability: shared use

Deadline: 21 May 2019 (2 pm, Italian time)



Faculty Board

  • Arena Marika   
  • Cagliano Raffaella
  • Cagno Enrico
  • Caniato Federico
  • Chiesa Vittorio
  • Cigolini Roberto
  • Colombo Massimo
  • Corso Mariano
  • Dell’Era Claudio
  • Franzoni Chiara
  • Frattini Federico
  • Garrone Paola 
  • Grilli Luca
  • Lettieri Emanuele
  • Macchi Marco
  • Melacini Marco
  • Micheli Guido
  • Mosconi Rocco
  • Orsenigo Carlotta
  • Piscitello Lucia
  • Piva Evila
  • Portioli Alberto
  • Taisch Marco
  • Tajoli Lucia
  • Terzi Sergio


Adalberto Polenghi
Adalberto Polenghi

PHD Candidate

Research Project: Asset Management in Manufacturing: how to manage information and ...


Email: adalberto.polenghi@polimi.it

Afsaneh Roshanghalb
Afsaneh Roshanghalb

PHD Candidate

Research Project: Her research is focused on The Power of the Big Data for Evide ...


Email: afsaneh.roshanghalb@polimi.it

Alessia Napoleone
Alessia Napoleone

PHD Candidate

Research Project: Investigation on reconfigurability as a capability to be competit ...


Email: alessia.napoleone@polimi.it

Alessio Domenico Leto
Alessio Domenico Leto

PHD Candidate

Research Project: Information management for construction projects 4.0


Email: alessiodomenico.leto@polimi.it

Alice Bertoletti
Alice Bertoletti

PHD Candidate

Research Project: To be determined


Email: alice.bertoletti@polimi.it

Alice Borrello
Alice Borrello

PHD Candidate

Research Project: Impact investing ecosystem: studying and overcoming the main cha ...


Email: alice.borrello@polimi.it

Andra Riandita
Andra Riandita

PHD Candidate

Research Project: Sustainability-oriented alliances: a dynamic partnership of larg ...


Email: andra.riandita@polimi.it

Arianna Seghezzi
Arianna Seghezzi

PHD Candidate

Research Project: Innovative solutions to increase last mile delivery efficiency in ...


Email: arianna.seghezzi@polimi.it


The Ph.D. programme aims to train professionals who are able to carry out high-quality research in the fields of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at universities or other research institutions. Ph.D. graduates from DRIG are also well equipped with distinctive skills and advanced knowledge to pursue a professional career in manufacturing and service companies, regulatory authorities and other public bodies.

In this framework, the following opportunities are open to those completing the Ph.D. programme:

  • Post doc, research fellows and young lecturers in Italian and foreign universities;
  • researchers and scholars of management, economics or industrial engineering in the research departments of public and private organisations;
  • highly qualified personnel in research and training institutions, with the role of providing a link between universities and the business world, or in technology transfer centres in Italy and abroad;
  • professionals in leading management and strategic consulting firms able to provide deep and advanced insight in areas of activity relating to the company itself;
  • high level professional roles in national (ministries, regulatory authorities, local public institutions) and international (EIB, IMF, World Bank, European Commission, European Central Bank) public institutions;
  • managerial roles in multinational companies with a strong focus on innovation;
  • entrepreneurs in contexts characterized by a high level of innovation.

Support actions for placement are provided with the purpose of sharing experiences, services and information through a number of initiatives fitting the different types of career opportunities. Amongst the actions, the “Placement programme for PhD candidates” is the programme offered by the Career Service, in cooperation with the PhD school of Politecnico di Milano. This programme is offered to all candidates to support them entering the job market. Other initiatives are directly supported by the Ph.D. programme in Management Engineering, to share experiences with invited speakers, to gather information on job fairs and funding initiatives, to build opportunities for networking and visibility, etc. Particular emphasis is given to career development in the Management Engineering area.


This page provides information publicly available and useful to support the Ph.D life.

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European Doctorate in Industrial Management (EDIM)

In partnership with the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM), Politecnico di Milano runs the European Doctorate in Industrial Management (EDIM), which awards a double PhD.

The EDIM-program enrolls top-class international PhD-candidates who will work with coordinated set of research issues at the three partner universities. A significant feature of the program is the combination of international structure and international focus, together with its explicit approach on non-technical managerial issues, deeply embedded in the context of technology, engineering, and industry.

The program is developed by a consortium of three leading engineering universities in Europe. As the number one engineering university of their respective nations, KTH, UPM and Polimi have an obligation to be at the forefront in training future leaders of European industry to become successful in a globalized business environment.  

The EDIM program is underpinned by the challenges that industries, academia as well as policy face as a consequence of globalization. It is based on the need to adopt a systematic research on the nature, conditions and logics shaping the new global industrial landscape from a managerial point of view.

For further information, please visit the EDIM website

Martina Sani


University Country Department/ School Type of Agreement Credits transfer
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – KTH  Sweden  Industrial Economics and Management  Double Degree  YES 
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE VALPARAISO (PUCV)  Chile  Escuela de Ingeniería Industrial  Double Degree  YES 
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID (UPM)  Spain  Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales  Double Degree  YES 
WINDESHEIM UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES  The Netherlands Strategic Entrepreneurship Research Centre  Co-financing of thematic scholarships NO 

Copenhagen Business School

Denmark Department of Strategy and Innovation Double – Degree YES


The PhD program in Management Engineering (DRIG) offers a highly developed research course designed for leading managers and professionals in the fields of research and innovation within both private and public organisations.
The programme is specifically designed to complement and be compatible with each participant’s professional life, in a part-time format.

Open throughout the year.
Notification (of acceptance): in 2 months
Deadline for enrolment: September 30th
Start of the academic year: November 1st

For further information, please open this section.



The executive format of the Ph.D. programme in Management Engineering offers a highly developed research course designed for leading managers and professional figures in the fields of research and innovation within both Private and Public organisations.

The programme has three objectives: 

  • to allow companies to experience innovation procedures that combine the rigour and methodology of academic research at international level with the practicality of a project of company innovation;
  • to allow participants to work within a stimulating international context where they can develop methodological and disciplinary skills in research and innovation.
  • to enable collaboration between company and university on cutting-edge research projects

The programme is specifically designed to complement and be compatible with each participant’s professional life, in a part-time format: it has the same requirements of the full time programme, but higher flexibility, consisting of a four-year part-time. The articulation of the programme is based on the same 3 main areas of education as reported in the “Contents and courses” section.

The small number of participants admitted on the course, the presence of renowned tutors and the possibility for students to choose from a wide range of training opportunities within the doctoral programme of Management Engineering and MIP – the Business School of Politecnico di Milano – are factors that allow students to develop a personalised programme that can be adapted to the requirements of both the students and their companies.

International collaboration with other doctoral programmes means that students come into contact and work with other cultures, differing experiences and advanced research methodologies.

The company will be able to cultivate a future leader in research and innovation whose training is tailored to company requirements, as well as having the methodological support of scholars and experts from one of the most prestigious European management schools.

Fees for the Executive Ph.D. program

The candidate is employed full time by a company. The company signs an agreement with Politecnico di Milano, sponsoring the candidate and committing to allow the time to conduct the PhD activities.

The fees € 22,000 cover university taxes, tuition fees and participation to activities offered by the School.

In case the company is interested on activating a customised research collaboration with the School, involving additional effort by the faculty, an additional research contract will be developed.

Out of these fees, the candidate receives a budget to support his attendance to PhD schools or conferences.

For further information, please contact: phd-ges@polimi.it


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