Roberto Verganti

Core Faculty | Full Professor

Short Profile outline

Roberto Verganti is Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, where he is a founder of Leadin’Lab, the laboratory on the LEAdership, Design and INnovation. He has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School twice, at the Copenhagen Business School and at the California Polytechnic University. At Politecnico di Milano he has been the founder and first director of the School of Doctoral Programs and of the Alta Scuola Politecnica. He is also an author for Harvard Business Press and MIT Press and an advisor Research, Science and Innovation policies at the European Commission.

Education

Master of Science: Electronics Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.

Academic course held at SOM

Leadership & innovation

Leadership and innovation (integration)

Leadership and innovation

Design management

Leadership & innovation

Leadership and innovation (integration)

Leadership and innovation

Design management

Leadership & innovation

Leadership and innovation (integration)

Leadership and innovation

Design management

Leadership & innovation

Leadership and innovation (integration)

Leadership and innovation

Leadership & innovation

Leadership and innovation (integration)

Leadership and innovation

Innovation management and economics

Research

Roberto research focuses on how to create meaningful innovations and organizations in a changing world. His studies lie at the intersection between leadership, design and technology management. He is the author of “Overcrowded”, MIT Press - 2017, and of “Design-Driven Innovation”, Harvard Business Press - 2009, which has been selected by the Academy of Management as one of the best 6 management books published in 2008 and 2009. He has issued more than 150 articles on journals such as the Harvard Business Review, Management Science, Research Policy and has been featured on The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek.

Relevant Publications

Altuna Naiara;Dell'Era Claudio;Landoni Paolo;Verganti Roberto, "Developing Innovative Visions Through the Collaboration with Radical Circles: Slow Food as a Platform for Envisioning New Meanings", EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INNOVATION MANAGEMENT, 20, 269 - 290

Trabucchi Daniel;Pellizzoni Elena;Buganza Tommaso;Verganti Roberto, "Interplay between technology and meaning: How music majors reacted?", CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT, 26, 327 - 338

Verganti Roberto, "Design Thinkers Think Like Managers", SHE JI, 3, 100 - 102

Bellini Emilio;Dell’Era Claudio;Frattini Federico;Verganti Roberto, "Design-driven innovation in retailing: an empirical examination of new services in car dealership", CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT, 26, 91 - 107

Verganti Roberto, "Overcrowded - Designing Meaningful Products in a World Awash with Ideas", MIT Press, , -

Landoni Paolo;Dell'Era Claudio;Ferraloro Gregorio;Peradotto Mattia;Karlsson Helena;Verganti Roberto, "Design Contribution to the Competitive Performance of SMEs: The Role of Design Innovation Capabilities", CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT, 25, 484 - 499

Verganti Roberto, "The innovative power of criticism", HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW, 2016, 88 - 95

Verganti Roberto;Shani Abraham B., "Vision transformation through radical circles: Enhancing innovation capability development", ORGANIZATIONAL DYNAMICS, 45, 104 - 113

Sala Alessandro;Landoni Paolo;Verganti Roberto, "Small and Medium Enterprises Collaborations with Knowledge Intensive Services: An Explorative Analysis of the Impact of Innovation Vouchers", R & D MANAGEMENT, 46, 291 - 302

Buganza Tommaso;Dell'Era Claudio;Pellizzoni Elena;Trabucchi Daniel;Verganti Roberto, "Unveiling the Potentialities Provided by New Technologies: A Process to Pursue Technology Epiphanies in the Smartphone App Industry", CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT, 24, 391 - 414

Dell'Era Claudio;Landoni Paolo;Verganti Roberto, "From creative individuals to creative capital: Value creation and appropriation strategies of creative knowledge-intensive business services", INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INNOVATION MANAGEMENT, 19, 1 - 24

Morillo Marta;Dell'Era Claudio;Verganti Roberto, "Exploring the role of outsider interpreters in the development of design-driven innovations", INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY INTELLIGENCE AND PLANNING, 10, 222 - 253

Callaert Julie;Landoni Paolo;Van Looy Bart;Verganti Roberto, "Scientific yield from collaboration with industry: The relevance of researchers' strategic approaches", RESEARCH POLICY, 44, 990 - 998

Brode L.;Dell'Era Claudio;Verganti Roberto, "The contributions of interpreters to the development of radical innovations of meanings: the role of “pioneering projects” in the sustainable buildings industry", R & D MANAGEMENT, 44, 1 - 17

Norman Donald A.;Verganti Roberto, "Incremental and Radical Innovation: Design Research versus Technology and Meaning Change", DESIGN ISSUES, 30, 78 - 96

Norman Donald A.;Verganti Roberto, "Hill Climbing and Darwinian Evolution: A Response to John Langrish", DESIGN ISSUES, 30, 106 - 107

Öberg Åsa;Verganti Roberto, "Meaning – An Unexplored Path to Innovation", INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INNOVATION IN MANAGEMENT, 2, 77 - 92

Verganti Roberto;Öberg Åsa, "Interpreting and Envisioning: A Hermeneutic Framework to Look at Radical Innovation of Meanings", INDUSTRIAL MARKETING MANAGEMENT, 42, 86 - 95

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Grants, Awards and Honours

  • Honor IAMOT as one of the top 50 authors of technology and innovation management 2008-2012
  • Award “Compasso d’Oro” 2001 to the research project Sistema Design Italia, in which he participated to the Scientific Organizing Committee
  • XXV Compasso D’Oro 2017 – Menzione D’Onore for the White Book – Lessons from a four-year journey into design-driven materials innovation
  • Best Paper Award at the 10th International Product Development Management Conference 2003 for the paper T. Buganza, R.Verganti “Life-Cycle Flexibility: How to measure and improve the innovative capability in turbulent environments”
  • Best Paper Award (Runner Up) at the 9th International Product Development Management Conference 2002 for the paper T. Buganza, R. Verganti, “Design Inertia: Designing for life-cycle flexibility in Internet-based services”
  • Best conference paper award at the VII EurOMA Conference, Gent, 2000 for the paper G. Zotteri, G. Spina, and R. Verganti “Factors Influencing Co-design Adoption: Drivers and Internal Consistency”.
  • Best Paper Award at the 11th International Product Development Management Conference 2004 for the paper T. Buganza, C. Dell'Era, R.Verganti “Exploring the Relationships between Product Development and Environmental Turbulence: The Case of Mobile TLC Services”
  • Nomination by the Academy of Management for the George R. Terry Book Award 2011 to the book Design-Driven Innovation (Harvard Business Press) as one of the 6 books judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of management knowledge published in 2008 and 2009.

Service to the community

  • Co-Director of the Executive Programme in Design and Innovation Leadership , 01/01/2010 - to date
  • Director of the Doctoral Program in Management Engineering, 01/01/1999 - 31/12/1999
  • Founder and First Director of the School of Doctoral Programs of Politecnico di Milano , 01/01/2000 - 31/12/2003
  • Founder and first Director of the Alta Scuola Politecnica, the School of excellence of Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino, 01/01/2004 - 01/09/2007
  • Member of the PhD Board - PhD in Management Engineering, 01/09/1999 - 31/12/2013
  • Member of the editorial Board - CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation.She Ji. The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation. Design Management Journal. Research in Engineering Design.
  • Member of the editorial board, Journal of Product Innovation Management from 2000 to 2016. Associate Editor for the European Management Review from 2006 to 2010

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