Stefano Magistretti

Core Faculty | Senior Assistant Professor

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Stefano Magistretti is an Assistant Professor in Agile Innovation in the area of Innovation and Design Management at the School of Management, Politecnico di Milano, and a senior researcher in the LEADIN’Lab, the Laboratory of LEAdership, Design,  and INnovation. Within the School of Management, he serves as Research Director for the Observatory Design Thinking for Business; previously, he was Research Platform Development since its foundation in 2017. He is also Co-Director of two joint masters with SKEMA business school. from 2022 on the PMUX Product Management and UX Design and from 2023 also on Entrepreneurship and Design for sustainability


PHD: Management Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.

Master of Science: Management Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.

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Academic course held at SOM

Strategia, Economia e Gestione del Progetto

Strategia Ed Economia Del Progetto

Strategia ed Economia del Progetto

Strategia ed Economia del Progetto

Agile Innovation

Agile Innovation



Specializing Masters

Executive Education


Specializing masters


Stefano researches Design Thinking and the link between this approach of innovation and digital technologies such as Artificial intelligence. Moreover, in the last years, he started to develop research on entrepreneurship as Design as well as future-making. He has published conference articles and a chapter in an edited book, as well as more than 20 articles in journals such as the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Long Range Planning, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, R&D Management, Industry & Innovation, Business  Horizons, Creativity and Innovation Management, Journal of Knowledge Management, Management Decision, Research Technology Management, Innovation Organization & Management, and Technology Analysis and  Strategic Management Journal.

Relevant Publications

Stefano Magistretti Silvia Sanasi Claudio Dell'Era Antonio Ghezzi (2023), "Entrepreneurship as design: A design process for the emergence and development of entrepreneurial opportunities", Creativity and Innovation Management, 32, 5-21

Marzia Mortati Stefano Magistretti Cabirio Cautela Claudio Dell’Era (2023), "Data in design: How big data and thick data inform design thinking projects", Technovation, 102688

Cristina Tu Anh Pham Stefano Magistretti Claudio Dell'Era (2023), "How do you frame ill‐defined problems? A study on creative logics in action", Creativity and Innovation Management

Stefano Magistretti Mattia Bianchi Giulia Calabretta Marina Candi Claudio Dell’Era Ileana Stigliani Roberto Verganti (2022), "Framing the multifaceted nature of design thinking in addressing different innovation purposes", Long Range Planning, 55, 1-14

Stefano Magistretti Emilio Bellini Cabirio Cautela Claudio Dell'Era Luca Gastaldi Sina Lessanibahri (2022), "The perceived relevance of design thinking in achieving innovation goals: The individual microfoundations perspective", Creativity and Innovation Management, 31, 740-754

Magistretti S.| Ardito L.| Messeni Petruzzelli A. (2021), "Framing the microfoundations of design thinking as a dynamic capability for innovation: Reconciling theory and practice", Journal of Product Innovation Management, 38, 645-667

Magistretti S.| Pham C.T.A.| Dell'Era C. (2021), "Enlightening the dynamic capabilities of design thinking in fostering digital transformation", Industrial Marketing Management, 97, 59-70

Magistretti S.| Allo L.| Verganti R.| Dell’Era C.| Reutter F. (2021), "The microfoundations of design sprint: how Johnson & Johnson cultivates innovation in a highly regulated market", Journal of Knowledge Management, 25, 88-104

Dell'Era C.| Trabucchi D.| Magistretti S. (2021), "Exploiting incumbents' potentialities: From linear value chains to multisided platforms", Creativity and Innovation Management, 30, 31-46

Dell'Era C.| Magistretti S.| Cautela C.| Verganti R.| Zurlo F. (2020), "Four kinds of design thinking: From ideating to making, engaging, and criticizing", Creativity and Innovation Management, 29, 324-344

Magistretti S.| Dell'Era C.| Verganti R. (2020), "Searching for the right application: A technology development review and research agenda", Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 151

Magistretti S.| Dell’Era C.| Verganti R. (2020), "Look for New Opportunities in Existing Technologies: Leveraging Temporal and Spatial Dimensions to Power Discovery", Research Technology Management, 63, 39-48

Magistretti S.| Dell'Era C.| Doppio N. (2020), "Design sprint for SMEs: an organizational taxonomy based on configuration theory", Management Decision, 58, 1803-1817

Magistretti S.| Dell’Era C.| Frattini F.| Messeni Petruzzelli A. (2020), "Innovation through tradition in design-intensive family firms", Journal of Knowledge Management, 24, 823-839

Magistretti S.| Dell'Era C.| Messeni Petruzzelli A., "How intelligent is Watson? Enabling digital transformation through artificial intelligence", Business Horizons, 62, 819-829

Magistretti S.| Dell’Era C.| De Massis A.| Frattini F., "Exploring the relationship between types of family involvement and collaborative innovation in design-intensive firms: insights from two leading players in the furniture industry", Industry and Innovation, 26, 1121-1151

Magistretti S.| Dell’Era C., "Unveiling opportunities afforded by emerging technologies: evidences from the drone industry", Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 31, 606-623

Magistretti S.| Trabucchi D.| Dell’Era C.| Buganza T., "A New Path Toward a Hybrid Model: Insights from PwC’s Italian Experience Centre", Research Technology Management, 62, 30-37

Dell'Era C.| Magistretti S.| Verganti R., "Exploring collaborative practices between SMEs and designers in the Italian furniture industry", Researching Open Innovation In SMEs, 307-345

Grants, Awards and Honours

  • ADI Compasso D’Oro XXV Mention for the “The White Book” project
  • The article: Magistretti, S., Ardito, L., & Messeni Petruzzelli, A. (2021) Framing the Microfoundations of Design Thinking as a Dynamic Capability for Innovation: Reconciling Theory and Practice. Journal of Product Innovation Management, Has been nominated as the Top Cited and Top Downloaded Article in the journal Product Innovation Management for the year 2020-2021.
  • The grant “Misure di sostegno ai soci giovani AiIG Anno 2022” Francesco Galati was assigned to Stefano Magistretti, Nico Klenner and Silvia Sanasi for the project titled: “Framing entrepreneurship as design for future-making (FrED-FM)”, 20/10/2022 - 20/10/2024
  • The article: Pham, C. T. A., Magistretti, S., & Dell’Era, C. (2022) What makes you think differently? the role of stimuli in the interplay between creative logics and problem framing. Best Paper – runner up at the IPDM Conference in Hamburg 2022

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