Doing Business in Italy Experience

MIP designs customised international training programmes for an italian learning experience in Milan for executives and students that combines the excellence of management training developed by MIP Politecnico di Milano and the direct experience and insights of the Italian market and production system.
The program is going to mix traditional lecture on various topics held in the classrooms and speech of professional managers, together with visits to companies, which absolutely will leave an indelible mark on all those who will have the opportunity to participate in the program.


We offer different formats in terms of length and structure, in MIP areas of expertise.
Each day is generally structured in two three-hour sessions. The sessions are organised into modules giving examples and providing real case studies, so that trainee can understand the distinguishing factors of different markets and compare them with their own reality.

Modules covering different topics can be combined or one subject can be studied in depth.

Basic Format
  • Touch & Go (3 days)
    Get a taste of what Doing Business in Milan means by condensing some of our top experiences in a few days. One day of lectures and one day of on-field experience in a renowned company, all seasoned with a combination of cultural activities might be just the perfect recipe for a quick but essential glimpse through Milan.
  • A taste of Italy (5 days)
    If the Touch and Go programme left you with the craving of finding out more about the Italian reality, A Taste of Italy gives you exactly what you need to develop a right level of knowledge on the selected subject.
  • Deep dive (10 days)
    Our 10-day programmes give you a complete and all-round vision of Italian and Milanese economic, business, social and cultural life, and provide you with all the necessary equipment to build up a solid knowledge and competence on the chosen topic.
Advanced Format
  • Multi-location experience
    We arrange the program in Milan, China or European cities where our partners are located.
    Part of the experience will take place in Milan, while the other part will take place in the Client Home Country or in a EU partner Country.
  • Multi-industry experience
    We can design experiences focused on different industries in Italy such as automation, food&wine, culture, electronics, design, fashion, furniture, medical health, automotive, etc…
    In the first part of the experience we will provide with an introduction to the current status of Italian economy and the program brief, while the second part of the experience will be characterised by a targeted industry introduction course, visits to related companies, and a final closing ceremony.

A group of MIP expert professors will be selected and will work on the chosen topics designing a dedicated entirely customised programme.

In particular, our portfolio includes:

The Origins of Innovation
  • The Italian Way
  • Discovering Italian Luxury Dreams
  • Discovering Global Luxury Brands
  • Managing Cultural Industries
  • Discovering Italian Fine Food and Drinks
The Frontiers of Excellence
  • Family Business
  • Design Driven Innovation
  • Innovation in Teaching
  • City Planning Management
  • Sport Management
  • Healthcare
Sustainability and Technology for a Better Future
  • Digital Transformation
  • Circular Economy
  • Start-up Acceleration
  • Discovering Fintech
  • Discovering Risk Management
  • Industry 4.0 & Smart Manufacturing
  • Smart Agrifood
  • Smart City


Would you like to get a taste of the Doing Business in Italy Experience? Go through our sample programs and discover more about the activities and the schedule of your stay in Italy.


Our DBI in Digital format allows you to keep “traveling” and keep experiencing – safely – from the comfort of your home. We offer an experience of exceptional value that gives you the opportunity to enhance your career and your overall potential as an individual.

  • 2hrs-module ingredients on several topics you can choose from;
  • a program of 8 modules is strongly suggested;
  • each activity can be synchronous or asynchronous, according to the request.

Combine different ingredients and create your own highly customisable and innovative virtual experience!
We offer 7 main ingredients to be composed according to your necessities:

Online Lectures

Online lectures will be conceived as interactive workshops aiming at sharing participants’ experience with lecturers. A part of the lesson is dedicated to the discussion of a case study with the final wrap-up of the lesson learned.

Online Testimonials

Testimonials are usually experts/top-managers from renowned Italian companies, who help students to learn directly from their experiences through online talk and real-time communication. They will share both experience and knowledge to solve real business challenges.

Online Business Games

A computer based, interactive simulation, in which each participant is in charge of planning decision for a company, excellence in the sector.

International Business Talks

Opportunity to gather together with experts in the field and discuss different chosen topics. The International Business Talks give the participants the chance to find a moment of confrontation, presided over by the moderator of the debate.

Virtual Company Visits

Dedicated virtual experience aiming to observe directly with the top managers the key experiences and success factors of the leading Italian companies. All the visits are tailor-made for this program, which will provide an exclusive experience to our participants.

Virtual Lab tours

Take fully advantage of our ecosystem, get inspired by our labs’ innovation projects and successful cooperation cases between university and industrial sectors through several online lectures, real-time videos and discussion. All the tours are customized for this program with a unique experience.

Virtual City tours

Opportunities to virtually dive into the cultural beauties and heart of Milan, one of Europe’s main treasures.

Here you can find examples on how the modules can be organised – but the structure remains highly customisable.

Please note: in case of online business games it is mandatory to attend 3 modules (briefing, development and debriefing) delivered in sequence.


This programme benefits from our international faculty’s excellent links to industry, acquired during their research  and consultancy work.

Company visits aim at providing a direct view of the key experiences and success factors of important Italian companies, and take place with the support of their senior management.

Firstly, participants will be presented by the top management the brand value, key experiences, main challenge and success factors so on. The second part is one or more of the following, according to the theme.

We organize visits to:

  • Productive Plant
    Observe the whole production process with the production manager or the designer by the side.
  • Head Quarter
    Face to face with the general manager discussing about the history of the brand and its values, and/or other topics depending on the focus of the programme.
  • Flagship Store
    Meeting the brand ambassador and be presented about the main brand and its icon products.

The program includes visits to many industries, like:

  • Automotive
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Food/wine
  • Furniture
  • Mechanical
  • Electronic
  • Culture


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Politecnico di Milano organizes visits to its laboratories, including:

  • Wind tunnel: located at the Bovisa Campus; it provides the highest technological standards for a wide range of aeronautical testing applications
  • Dynamic testing: our laboratories have extensive covered areas that can host large-sized experimental set-ups
  • Virtual Prototyping Lab: this laboratory is equipped with ten highly sophisticated workstations running a number of professional software applications to develop virtual prototypes used in the functional analysis of products before they are manufactured
  • Product Usability Lab at the Faculty of Design

MIP can offer the following services:

  • health and accident insurance
  • logistics from/to: airport/hotel; hotel/MIP
  • coffee breaks and lunches at MIP
  • translation services

MIP can also help in organizing:

  •  visits to the Politecnico di Milano laboratories
  • accommodation in 3 to 5 star hotels with corporate rates for our customers
  •  city tours

Among the company visits organized within the Doing Business in Italy experience, there are:

  • Abarth
  • BM Group
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Branca Menta
  • Bulgari
  • Ca’ Del Bosco
  • Cavanna Packaging
  • Cartier
  • Giorgetti
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Gucci
  • Loro Piana
  • Magneti Marelli
  • Mantero Seta
  • Maserati
  • Moreschi
  • Roveda 1955
  • Valentino
  • Valextra
  • Value Retail
  • Visionnaire


Delia Olivetto
International Development Manager & China Operation Director
T: +39 0223992862