Digital Innovation Observatories

In 1999, the Digital Innovation Observatories of the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano were set up to raise cultural awareness in all the principle areas of digital innovation

Today, our Observatories provide an expert point of reference for digital innovation in Italy, integrating work in research, education and communication.

According to the vision guiding the work of the Observatories, digital innovation is an essential factor in a country’s development

Our purpose is both to produce and spread knowledge about possible opportunities and the impact of digital technology in companies, public authorities and the public. Our approach consists of interpretive models based upon sound empirical evidence together with centres for independent ongoing and pre-competitive discussion to bring together the demand-and offer-side for digital innovation in Italy.

Politecnico Milano

What we do

  • Research

    Our research is carried out by a team of over 60 professors, researchers and analysts working in more than 30 Observatories. Together, they address key matters of digital innovation in companies (including SMEs) and public authorities.

  • Education is the point of reference for professionals wishing to remain up to date on digital innovation. They offer a single source of information, data and knowledge based on publications, webinars and workshops prepared by analysts and experts with distinctive and unique expertise and know-how. The work is distributed over a multi-media interactive platform for distance learning.

  • Communication

    The Observatories spread good practice, experience and a culture of digital innovation through conventions, media and publications, issuing over 4,000 press releases and articles, and holding 100 public events every year.

  • Networking

    The Observatories gather together a wider community of offer-side and demand-side decision-makers and institutions, developing solid relationships and working together to help spread digital innovation in Italy.

The key numbers

170 Pubblications

The most complete collection of analyses, data and conceptual frameworks on digital innovation to assist in decisions crucial for a company’s success.

150 Workshops and Webinars

Analysts and experts explore key topics of digital innovation

280 Partners and Sponsors

Research at the Observatories for Digital Innovation is supported by the most important offer-side companies

145.000 Professionals

Managers and C-level executives are following the Observatories’ work and the findings of our research.

School of Management

Founded in 2003, the School of Management of the Politecnico di Milano covers numerous areas of research, education and high level consultancy in the fields of economics, management and industrial engineering, undertaken by Politecnico di Milano through its own structures and those of the consortia.

The School can count on:

More than 200

professors, lectors, researchers, tutors and staff

More than 600

freshmen enrolled to the undergraduated program

The School is composed of:

  • the Department of Management Engineering
  • Management Engineering Degrees and PhD Programmes
  • MIP Graduate School of Business, which focuses mainly on executive learning and Masters programmes.

In 2007, the School of Management received the prestigious EQUIS accreditation. Since 2009, the School has been included in the Financial Times’ rankings of top European Business Schools. In March 2013, the School’s MBA and Executive MBA programmes also received the prestigious AMBA (Association of MBAs) international accreditation. Overall, the School’s faculty is composed of over two hundred professors, researchers, researchers, tutors and non-teaching staff. Every year, over 600 new students enrol on the undergraduate programme. From 2014, the School is member of UniCON (International University Consortium for Executive Education), PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) and Cladea (Consejo Latinoamericano de Escuela de Administración - Latin American Council of Management Schools).