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.


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.


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 create and share knowledge at the intersection between engineering, management and economics, with the ultimate goal of educating responsible future leaders in both private and public sectors.

We are continuously at the forefront of intellectual knowledge, and our research will always address new topics and trends, so that our community is able to follow the direction taken in reasoning and debate, and access information about the latest know-how and technologies.

We strongly believe that independent and intellectually free research is the key to our educational ability.
We also believe that to accomplish this mission we need continuous contact and intensive exchange with the real world, primarily with companies and public bodies.
This mission is pursued through:

  • Excellent research
    The School aims to contribute to the production and dissemination of new and original knowledge in its core fields, by adopting a systemic and multi-disciplinary perspective and drawing on the fact of belonging to one of the most prominent technical universities in the world.
  • Top Quality Education
    The School aims to increase human capital by educating and training responsible future leaders, capable of assuming key managerial roles and of making the difference in the global landscape in both private and public sectors. This entails offering a portfolio of end-to end programmes, ranging from undergraduate and post-experience education, in line with its underlying social role.
  • Serving the community
    The School aims at establishing stable and valuable relationships and creating joint initiatives (training projects, research programmes) with national and international companies, public institutions and other organisations.

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.

Built into our mission, our current vision for the future can be described as follows:
Politecnico di Milano School of Management aims at consolidating its role as a national champion in research and education at all levels with an end-to-end portfolio – including BSc, MSc, PhD, MBA and EMBA programmes, and executive and corporate education – alongside promoting and developing the School’s international reputation.

The School of Management intends to:

  • consolidate its role as an Italian reference point for research and end-to-end education in the fields of management, economics and industrial engineering
  • increase its reputation and visibility internationally
  • be one of the top players, integrating management and technology in the global arena.

The strategic directions arising from the School’s vision are:

In the Education field:

  • Accomplish its social role in Italy, by continuing to offer a broad end-to-end portfolio of programmes in management education, taught in Italian or English, and including BSc, MSc and PhD programmes and a wide range of postgraduate studies.
  • Increase its reputation internationally, offering a selection of programmes focused on the areas where the School can be an international leader, combining technology, innovation and management.
  • Be an innovator and become a reference point for the development of learning models that combine the potential offered by technology with experiential and one-to-one teaching methods.

In the Research field:

  • Pursue excellence in both academic and practice-oriented research: the School is committed to encouraging research that combines scientific rigour and practical relevance, with the potential of great impact on the scientific community, in business and policy circles, and on society at large.
  • Benefit from international research collaborations: the School is committed to being an attractive research partner in international research networks that combine management and economics with technology, innovation and engineering as key drivers of research.
  • Be a fundamental component within the “Italy and Milan ecosystem”: the School is committed to consolidating its relationships with the territory and draw on Milan’s renowned leadership in business and entrepreneurship, innovation, culture, fashion and design.


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.