Imperial College London


Business School

Associate Professor of Design and Innovation



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298Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





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

Her research focuses on collective cognition within and across organizations.

On the one hand, she’s interested in how materiality (or lack thereof) influences how teams make and give sense of new products, services, and experiences. On the other, she’s interested in the sensemaking and sensegiving processes underpinning the formation of new professional, organizational, and category identities.

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 Academy of Management Annals, the International Journal of Management Reviews, and Organization Studies.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of Organization Theory, the Journal of Business Venturing Design, and Innovation: Organization and Management.

At Imperial, she teaches Design Thinking and Design for Business Transformation to MSc and MBA students.

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

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

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.



Magistretti S, Bianchi M, Calabretta G, et al., 2022, Framing the multifaceted nature of design thinking in addressing different innovation purposes, Long Range Planning, Vol:55, ISSN:0024-6301

Baldessarelli G, Stigliani I, Elsbach K, 2022, The aesthetic dimension of organizing: a review and research agenda, The Academy of Management Annals, Vol:10, ISSN:1941-6067

Stigliani I, 2021, Following up on “A Letter to the Male ‘Good Apples’”, Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol:30, ISSN:1056-4926, Pages:469-471

Stigliani I, 2020, Navigating an academic maze: experiences of an international female scholar, Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol:29, ISSN:1056-4926, Pages:360-363

Elsbach K, Stigliani I, 2019, New information technology and implicit bias, Academy of Management Perspectives, Vol:33, ISSN:1558-9080, Pages:185-206

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