POLIMI School of Management awarded BSIS label

POLIMI Graduate School of Management awarded BSIS label, Impact

We are delighted to announce that POLIMI School of Management, Italy, has successfully completed the Business School Impact System (BSIS) assessment process and has been granted the BSIS label. 

Addressing the school for this achievement, BSIS Director François Bonvalet remarked:

“We congratulate Polimi School of Management for obtaining the BSIS label and welcome this institution into the BSIS community. This achievement is a testament to their commitment to innovative strategies. Their emphasis on shared leadership, technology for the common good, and sustainable development reflects a visionary approach that fosters both individual respect and global responsibility.”

POLIMI School of Management

POLIMI School of Management was formally established in 2003 and groups together the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering (DIG) and the Graduate School of Business (GSoM) of Politecnico di Milano.

The School delivers a portfolio of services in research, education and high-level consultancy within the fields of management, economics, and industrial engineering.

Its mission is to contribute to the common good and individual well-being through a critical understanding of the opportunities and challenges posed by technology to business and society. The School pursues its mission with an international reach by creating and sharing knowledge through high-quality education, the quest for scientific excellence, and active community engagement.

The School has a Triple Crown accreditation and a strong industry connection, offering over 10,000 networking opportunities yearly.

Unique contribution to regional ecosystems

The BSIS assessment highlighted Polimi’s strengths in being a key player that is well-rooted in its region. Starting from its product portfolio, which is aligned with Italy’s areas of excellence, the combination of management, technology, and humanities is the key characteristic valued by stakeholders. The school’s image impact is intrinsically linked to the distinctive and compelling image impact of the Lombardy region and the city of Milan, in particular, providing a vibrant and distinctive brand association.

The management school’s level of autonomy within the University enables effective marketing, using University channels and developing the annual strategy together with the centre. From students to alumni, from private companies to other academic and professional institutions, being a school of management linked to a technical university underpins its contribution to its impact zone, which supports the whole regional ecosystem, resulting in a significant and pervasive impact on education, research, and finance.

Redefining the relationship between technology and people

The School embedded an SDG agenda several years ago, as well as an impact culture in academic and practice-oriented research, and recently took a further step in embedding societal impact at a strategic level. Through projects like “Leave Your Mark,” which offers NGOs pro-bono work from its faculty, alumni, and students, and competitions such as “Innova Europe” and “SoM Prize for SDGs,” which provide opportunities for awarding SDG-based startups founded by students and alumni of top European Business Schools, as well as project work undertaken by its alumni to solve social challenges of our time, Polimi strives to address pressing global issues.

Additionally, the school is supporting efforts to thwart climate change in several ways, including offsetting employee CO2 emissions and waste on campus, financing missions in India, Madagascar and Ecuador and implementing the major funding received by the Italian Ministry of University and Research for the 2023-2027 period as part of the “Departments of Excellence” initiative for developing HumanTech – the Humans and Technology project.

HumanTech aims to redesign the relationship between technology and people for a sustainable digital transition of industrial systems and to make them inclusive and respectful of individual and collective wellbeing.

Raffaella Cagliano, Academic Director, POLIMI School of Management, commented:

“At the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, societal impact is a pivotal principle of our vision and mission. Besides being fully aware of our role in society, we already had a comprehensive approach to assessing the impact of our research activities; nevertheless, thanks to the BSIS framework, we realised that there were more dimensions to consider in order to enhance our overall effectiveness in our impact zone. In this perspective, the recommendations that have emerged from the assessment are very valuable to support our School in implementing new measurement methodologies and activities to reach the ambitious goals we have set in our strategic plan. In this respect, the assessment challenges us to utilise impact measurement to support − and emphasise − our commitment and achievements, thus providing even more consistency to our mission.”

Vittorio Chiesa, President, POLIMI Graduate School of Management, commented:

“As a business school, we are fully aware of how important it is to nurture the new generations towards the ethos of impact. Over the years, we have launched numerous projects instilling a spark in the minds and in the actions of our students and alumni for the creation of a better future. It is an impressive and challenging road, but one which − with the contribution of every member of our ecosystem − we are pursuing with determination and passion. There is so much we have done so far and so much more that we can do. Thanks to the BSIS assessment, we now have a valuable tool and ally not only to scientifically measure what we have accomplished up to now but also to design new trajectories for even greater improvement and unprecedented paths towards a future full of impact.”

About BSIS

The Business School Impact System (BSIS) is the first comprehensive impact assessment tool for business schools, covering more than 130 indicators across seven dimensions of impact. It provides a tailor-made data collection system for monitoring, assessing, and developing the impact of business schools.

The BSIS process involves the definition of the impact zone and institutional scope, data collection, impact assessment, and the report with recommendations for future development. Demonstrating the school’s impact on internal and external stakeholders, the system serves as a communication and negotiation tool externally and fosters an impact culture within the school. Schools that undergo BSIS are awarded the BSIS label for a three-year period.

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