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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, integrating work in research, knowledge 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.

Politecnico Milano

What we do

  • Research

    Our research is carried out by a team of almost 100 professors, researchers and analysts working in 40 Observatories. Together, they address key matters of digital innovation in companies (including SMEs) and public authorities.

  • Knowledge 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

  • Communication

    The Observatories spread good practice, experience and a culture of digital innovation through conventions, media and publications, issuing over 5.000 press releases and articles, and holding 240 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.

The key numbers

200 Publications

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

200 Live stream Workshops, Webinars and Conferences

Analysts and experts explore key topics of digital innovation

450 Partners and Sponsors

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

150.000 Professionals

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

School of Management

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 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 first achieved the prestigious EQUIS accreditation (European Quality Improvement System). From 2009 it is ranked by the Financial Times as one of the best European Business Schools. In 2013, the School has received accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA). From 2015, the School is a member of AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership does not imply accreditation. The School of Management is also included in the QS World University Rankings with its Global MBA programs. In 2017, the School is the first Italian business school to receive endorsement from the EOCCS (EFMD Online Course Certification) for the quality of its digital learning courses taught within its Executive MBA programmes. The School is member of PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education), Cladea (Latin American Council of Management Schools) and QTEM (Quantitative Techniques for Economics & Management Masters Network). Within the field of digital innovation, the School of Management’s work consists of Observatories for Digital Innovation, where research falls under the umbrella of the Department of Management Engineering and Executive education and Masters programmes, delivered by MIP.