About us

The School of Management was established formally in 2003 and groups together MIP (the Graduate School of Business founded in 1979) and DIG (the Department of Management Engineering – Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale), established in 1990, bringing together all research and education operations in the field of management.
The School of Management today includes a broad range of research initiatives and teaching activities, with over 4,900 students enrolled in degree programmes.

AT A GLANCE

The School of Management delivers an end-to-end portfolio of services in research, education and high level consultancy within the field of management, economics, and industrial engineering.

The School deliberately offers an end-to end portfolio of programmes, addressing, on the one hand, the needs of Politecnico di Milano, whose mission, as a state-owned university, is to offer academic and research education including BSc and MSc, mostly pre-experience, and the PhD Programme; and, on the other hand, to respond to the requests of the corporate world, with its demand for specialised, post-graduate and post-experience education including MBAs, Specialised Masters, Executive and Corporate Education.
We aim to be a reference point for companies and the community at large for a wide range of management educational services.
We articulate our portfolio according the type of programme (to reflect the target market and focus of the programme), and whether the course awards a degree or not.

Being part of the Politecnico di Milano influences our work on four levels:

  1. We focus strongly on innovation, change and the strategic advantage of technologies used in business
  2. We transfer the attention for scientific rationality and quantitative methods typical of the engineering mindset to the area of management
  3. We constantly pursue interdisciplinarity in both research and education, by making use of the wide array of technical expertise within the sixteen different schools belonging to Politecnico di Milano;
  4. We leverage being part of one of the regional engines of the economy in Europe: Milan and the Northern-Italy ecosystem.

IN WHAT WE BELIEVE

The School is well-aware of the fundamental role that universities play in the education of young people and in the way they approach the labour market, and of the role of business schools in shaping the new generations who will be the managers of the future. The aim of Politecnico di Milano is to be an international university while remaining strongly rooted in Italian culture, and to promote a more attractive eco-system through:

  • our training approach that gives all graduates the best opportunity when applying for a job;
  • our research potential that helps companies to innovate and enhance their level of quality;
  • our focus on entrepreneurship, where students, graduates and researchers are motivated to become entrepreneurs within new business ventures;
  • our continuous collaboration with institutions and society to create a “culturally open”, creative, innovation oriented and responsible environment.

The School of Management has always endorsed these principles, which are set out in its mission, vision and values.

Our approach to sustainability is based on three elements, which are academic excellence, leading research and service to the community, and it is based on the values of integrity, respect and expertise.

Since 2013, the School of Management has taken some important steps forward:

  • In 2013, after a thorough analysis and discussion within the Executive Board, the School decided to integrate the PoliMI Code of Ethics within its “Code and rules of conduct for integrity in research and good scientific practice”, which focuses on scientific research.
  • In 2014, the School decided to join the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) project. As a consequence, we activated all the processes needed to achieve PRME goals (in terms of continuous improvement in research and teaching)
  • In 2015, we established the Gianluca Spina Association, inspired by the friends and colleagues of Gianluca, former MIP President, who died prematurely on the 21st February, 2015. The goal of the Association is to raise funds (from companies, public and private institutions and private individuals) to support initiatives that promote research and education on management, particularly in the areas that Gianluca was most passionate about;
  • Lastly, in 2015 we launched the “Sustainable Project”, where our aim is to organise and build a consistent and integrated strategy for all initiatives dealing with social responsibility, sustainability and ethical issues.

The mission of the School of Management is to contribute to the collective good through a critical understanding of the contributions offered by innovation.

This mission is accomplished by creating and sharing knowledge through:

High‐quality education
The School aims to increase human capital by educating responsible future leaders, capable of critical thinking and able to assume key managerial and entrepreneurial roles in the global landscape within both public and private sectors. As such, the School offers a portfolio of programs, ranging from undergraduate to post‐ experience education, in line with its underlying social role.

High‐quality research
The School aims to contribute to the production and dissemination of original and relevant knowledge at the intersection between engineering, management and economics, through a holistic approach that encourages diversity and interdisciplinarity, and with a strong foothold on understanding technology by virtue of belonging to one of the most prominent technical universities in the world.

Engagement with the community
The School aims to play a pivotal role in creating a more meaningful, sustainable and fair society, by influencing business practice and developing appropriate policy recommendations.

We share with our University the core values of Integrity, Respect and Expertise.

  • Integrity: Faculty members, staff, students and our partners act in the full respect of the law, rules and practices. Illegal and unethical behaviour must be rejected under all circumstances.
  • Respect: We expect Faculty members, staff, students and our partners to show full respect for other people’s needs, the environment and society.
    Respect is a prerequisite for valuing and supporting an international environment in which diversities of gender, culture, beliefs, personalities, political ideas and backgrounds positively influence one another.
  • Expertise: Research and education must both relate strongly to the economy and the corporate world in order to support an effective transfer of knowledge to the community.

In addition, our activity is inspired by a problem solving mind-set, a passion for technology and innovation and the predilection for engaging and collaborative approaches.

  • Problem-solving mind-set: We adopt a problem-solving perspective typical of engineering to conduct creative and innovative research and to address the complex management, technological and social challenges of the world today.
    While we draw from a wide range of backgrounds and practice in different scholarly fields, engineering has a special role in our research and is a distinctive feature of our School, especially when compared to other schools of management and engineering.
  • Passion for technology, innovation and change: We consider technology, innovation and change as key components for creating value, in both public and private sectors.
  • Engaging and collaborative approach: We are committed towards helping to improve the quality of society, particularly with respect to sustainability and innovation. We seek corporate connections and institutional partnerships, as they are the means by which we can transfer knowledge effectively to the communities of practitioners, policy-makers and society at large.

We have envisioned a world underpinned by two principles:

Collective Good
A world where leaders are driven by the search for collective benefit, and where collective interest comes before personal interest. Specifically, when concerning corporations and executives, we believe that profit is a means to an end, whereas creating meaningful impact on society is the end purpose or aspiration. Because the concept of “collective good” and “meaningful impact on society” cannot be extrinsically defined in today’s rapidly changing and complex landscape, we picture a world in which leaders have the drive and cultural instruments to reflect critically on what collective benefit they wish to achieve.

Technological Enlightenment
A world where innovation is not an objective per se, but a powerful means to achieve the collective good. In this world, innovation is not a matter of quantity (more innovation) but of quality (meaningful innovation), and is socio‐technical innovation, to encompass both technology and human relationships. Accordingly, technology needs to be understood critically and at its very core, to drive its potential towards the creation of meaningful impact on society.

WHO WE ARE

Based on the need to integrate knowledge and experience available on the market, the School has entrusted its research and training programme to a faculty of full, associate and assistant professors at Politecnico di Milano, visiting professors from other universities, professionals from leading consultancy firms and managers from the industrial world.

The School of Management’s faculty is a key resource, giving the School a competitive edge over other business schools both in Italy and abroad. MIP has been engaging an increasing number of foreign faculty members since 2002, when it introduced its first international MBA course.

The School of Management has a Core Faculty of more than 119 professors and attracts visiting professors from leading international universities. Their collaboration consists not only in teaching and lecturing, but also in designing and organising joint training programmes.

In the last years, the School set up an Advisory Board, composed of 7 members from 9 different countries.

This Board is effectively a laboratory of ideas to identify new trends and challenges and encourage constructive dialogue, capitalising on the managerial experience of its members who hold or have held positions of responsibility in large companies or academic institutions from across the world.

Meetings are held annually to promote valuable and continuous exchange of knowledge, experience and knowhow, allowing the school to anticipate changes in the global competitive environment and address companies’ demand for increasingly multi-disciplinary skills.