Imperial College London

DrIleanaStigliani

Business School

Associate Professor of Design and Innovation
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 9228i.stigliani

 
 
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Location

 

395Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

Dr. Ileana Stigliani is Associate Professor of Design and Innovation at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department. She received her Ph.D. in Management from Bocconi University, Milan.

Her research focuses on the cognitive aspects of innovation. In particular, she studies how material artifacts and practices influence cognitive processes – such as sensemaking and sensegiving, categorization, and perceptions of organizational and professional identities – within organizations.

She investigates these themes in design-based companies – e.g., Alessi, Kartell, Alfa Romeo, Piaggio, and Ducati - and in Product and Service Design consulting firms – Continuum Innovation, IDEO, Live Work, Engine Service Design, etc.

In particular, while she was a visiting scholar at the Sloan School of Management of the MIT, Boston,  she conducted a ten-month ethnography of how designers work at Continuum Innovation, a world leading innovation and design consulting firm.

She's currently studying the cognitive dynamics underpinning the diffusion of  Service Design, and how businesses introduce and integrate Design Thinking into their organizations.

Ileana's research has been published in leading management journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Management, the International Journal of Management Reviews, and Organization Studies.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Management Journal, and of Innovation: Organization and Management.

At Imperial, she teaches 'Management of Design' and "Design Thinking" to MSc, and MBA students, and Qualitative Research Methods to Ph.D. students.

In 2016, she received the Imperial College Business School Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in teaching.

In 2018, Ileana was recognised for her outstanding teaching by Poets & Quants, a prestigious international business education website that covers news about business schools and MBA degree programmes.

Her research and opinions about how Design Thinking can contribute to companies' success have been featured in media outlets, like The Economist, The Financial Times, Forbes, the BBC, the Guardian etc.

Publications

Journals

Elsbach K, Stigliani I, New information technology and implicit bias, Academy of Management Perspectives, ISSN:1558-9080

Ravasi D, Rindova V, Stigliani I, History, Material Memory and the Temporality of Identity Construction, Academy of Management Journal, ISSN:0001-4273

Conference

Stigliani I, The Making of Form: Exploring Aesthetic Knowledge in Product Design, Academy of Management Meeting 2009

Stigliani I, The Aesthetic Implications of Product Design, Academy of Management Meeting 2010

Ravasi D, Rindova V, Stigliani I, From history to heritage: Corporate museums and organizational institutionalization, Academy of Management Meeting 2009

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