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Roberto Verganti

Roberto Verganti is Professor of Management of Innovation at Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches in the School of Management and the School of Design, and where he directs MaDe In Lab, the laboratory for executive education on the MAnagement of DEsign and INnovation. He has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School twice and is a visiting professor of Design Management at the Copenhagen Business School.

Roberto Verganti is also the founder and chairman of PROject Science, a consulting institute dedicated to helping companies achieve strategic innovation and collaborates as an expert in innovation and design with Keystone Strategy, the consulting firm founded by Marco Iansiti of the Harvard Business School. He has served as an advisor, coach and executive educator to senior managers at a wide variety of manufacturing and service firms including Ferrari, Volvo, Ducati, Whirlpool, Indesit Company, Xerox, Kodak, Samsung, Hewlett-Packard, B&B Italia, Snaidero, Masco, B-Ticino, Barilla, Kraft, Nestlè, Unilever, Rackitt-Benckiser, STMicroelectronics, Intuit, Microsoft, Ericsson, Solvay-Solexis, Corning, Bausch&Lomb, Pirelli, Astra-Zeneca, Pharmacia-Upjohn, Tetrapak, Sandvik-Coromant, Vodafone.

He has also helped national and regional governments around the world to conceive design and innovation policies.

Through more than twenty years of research, Professor Verganti has investigated the challenges and processes of innovation in more than a hundred companies, ranging from dominant players such as Microsoft and Vodafone, to small and dynamic firms such as Alessi and Nintendo. His studies, which lie at the intersection of strategy, design and technology management, have appeared in a number of scholarly and applied journals, and inlclude include “Developing Products on Internet Time” published on Management Science, and “Innovating Through Design” and “Which Kind of Collaboration is Right for You”, both published on the Harvard Business Review. They have shed new light on how executives can envision breakthrough strategies, collaborate with external innovators, deploy flexible development processes, and foster creativity and learning in their teams. His research on management of design in Italy has been awarded the Compasso d'Oro (the most prestigious design award in Italy).

Roberto serves on the Board of the EIASM – the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, which affiliates more than 40’000 management scientists from all over the world and all major European business schools. He also serves in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Product Innovation Management, on the Advisory Board of the Design Management Institute of Boston and on the Advisory Board of, and is an Associate Editor for the European Management Review.

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