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  • Business Design
  • Communication Design
  • Product Design
Master / XXIII edition

Strategic Design

The Specializing Master combines for learning purposes the methodologies of a classic MBA with those typical of a design school oriented towards innovation.

Price
14.500,00 €
Duration
8 Nov. 2021 - 28 Feb. 2023
Language
  • English
Available seats
30
Reductions
Agevolazioni

Course

Strategic Design is a design activity that concerns the Product Service System, i.e. the integrated body of products, services and communication strategies that either an actor or a network of actors (companies, institutions, non profit organizations, etc.) generate and develop to to create value. It is often claimed that technological innovation, cultural and economical globalization, and the transition to environmental sustainability generate problems and opportunities. It is also repeatedly stated that the possibility to avoid the former and to exploit the latter requires the development of three core skills: visioning, sensing innovation, creating solutions embedded in new business models. It calls for the ability to design products and services whose success today anticipates what will be, or may have to be, the norm of tomorrow.

The social demand for a new generation of products and services, coherent with current socio-cultural transformations, and their sustainable development becomes an opportunity for companies able to operate in the context of this new design mindset. This unique meeting of design and company strategy: strategic design.

Faculty



Faculty

Cabirio Cautela Director
Francesco Zurlo Vice Director
Anna Consolati Didactic Coordinator

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Chiara Ridella

Ginevra Della Porta

Victor Lopes Mascarenhas

Pranay Gupta

Didactics

Training objectives

The programme aims to build the foundations of a specific and expert competence relating to the issues surrounding strategic design and to innovation and design of the product-system. The Specializing Master aims to produce experts and consultants capable of carrying out a design and management role in the innovation process of the product-system. In particular, the programme proposes training on integration of product, services and communication components and developing specific skills aimed at improving the overall process quality (that is, production methods and contexts) and that of the results (that is, that of the actual and perceived quality) that set the cultural identity characteristics, sensoriality a sustainability of the designed solutions.

These solution thereby distinguish themselves for their ability to combine product quality with that of their environment and the social forms that create them.

The objective is therefore to instil in participants a design capacity (problem setting and problem solving), an ability to envisage and generate ideas, produce and communicate images, initiative in terms of being able to identify the methods, resources and partners to reach a pre-established objective, an aptitude for managing complexity by integrating resources and actors in an innovative design process and, in turn, knowing how to integrate with them, vision as an ability to select information, an ability to identify trends, build a personal point of view and produce scenarios, acquire the tools needed to understand and recognise the “range of possibilities” within which to operate and the related innovative factors; acquire the skills needed to design and manage innovation of the various product-system components; acquire multimedia tools to present personal ideas and designs with the help of various communication support; develop and improve the skills to take on and innovate the intrinsic and extrinsic characteristics of the cultural identity of product systems.
The programme aims to build the foundations of a specific and expert competence relating to the issues surrounding strategic design and to innovation and design of the product-system.

Didactic Plan

The Specializing Master is structured in theoretical modules, projects and laboratories. The Master concludes with a curricular internship lasting 475 hours.

Didactic Modules

These modules explore different topics and draw upon several kind of expertise needed to work on open ended problems and take an active stance in problem formulation.

  • Strategic design: These modules transfer tools and perspectives about the product-service system design and how design becomes a source of competitive advantage in organizations.
  • Service design: The present modules transfer the design tools related to development and the innovation of a service. A deep attention is dedicated to the service ‘tangibilization’.
  • Design tools: These modules explore, through applicative project and business cases, the design thinking tools supporting the design research and the conceptualization phases.
  • Product service system design: A deep investigation on how design becomes strategic tying the brand identity with the product features and the distributive strategy.
  • Design culture: A complete overview of the cultural roots of Italian design showing how different traits are nowadays current and updated (spirit of entrepreneurship, the innovation as a cultural act, the product innovation related to the change of meaning, the observation of user-context).

Management Modules
A range of integrated modules that address the requirements of strategic management, enabling students to appraise the factors which impact on innovation and its development.

  • Strategic and operative marketing: The present modules transfer the main concepts about the marketing process, marketing organization and marketing analytical tools. A particular attention is dedicated to the 4P orchestration and to the innovation perspective based on marketing paradigm.
  • Project management: The present modules transfer the basics related to project management as a process of resource allocation and goal setting. Specific attention is dedicated to the differences of project management in big and medium companies and in environments characterized by low or high innovation pace.
  • Entrepreneurship: The present modules transfer the concepts related to the roots of entrepreneurial activity, the personal traits of entrepreneur, the startup genesis, the lean start-up.
  • Corporate strategy: The present modules transfer the main concepts related to the strategic planning and to the pillars of the strategic thinking. Deep attention is addressed to how the strategic pillars (mission, vision, SBU, competitive advantages) affect the innovation and design process.

Intersection Modules
These modules explore different topics at the overlapping between design and management where the former shapes the old managerial science toward new paradigms of innovation, the latter augments the grounding and systemic capability of design.

  • Design strategy: An intensive introduction to the design-driven strategic options. A great attention is dedicated to the interplay between design and technology evolution.
  • Innovation management: Innovation is a way to achieve a competitive advantage. Specifically great attention is addressed to the barriers to innovate, to the set of advantages/disadvantages pertaining innovation, and to closed/open innovation paradigms. A specific focus is centered on design-driven innovation.
  • Design intensive entrepreneurship: The present modules – based on updated research streams – show design-intensive entrepreneurship as a complementary perspective respect to the high-tech based entrepreneurship.
  • Design management: Focusing on the engaging and the management of the array of designers. Specifically the modules show the main tradeoffs related to divergent design management options.
  • New service design management: A series modules transfer the main principles underpinning the design and the development of new service. The service paradigm is also used to explain some intangible innovation related to products and tangible objects.

Title Released

At the end of the programme, once the final examination has been passed, the 1st level Specializing Master Strategic Design. Building new businesses and strategies through design diploma will be issued, with the related achievement of 61 CFU/ECTS.

Employment Opportunities

The placement identifies two main macro-professional profiles: “innovation and design specialists” (marketing directors, R&D managers, industrial designers and product engineers, services and multimedia solutions designers) and “integrators of innovative and design processes” (design managers, design directors, project managers, product managers, retail managers, brand managers, consultants for product-system innovation).

Admission

Requirements

The Specializing Master is reserved to candidates with a university Diploma or a Bachelor or a Master of Science in engineering, architecture, industrial design, economics, social and human sciences, that have gained a certain degree of work experience and who intend on enriching their professional careers by working on the border between the design and management fields.

As for candidates who graduated abroad, equivalent study titles in their respective educational institutions will be considered.

Deadlines

To take part to the selection process, the application form must be completed online within the following deadlines:

  • for Italian / foreign citizens with a qualification obtained in Italy within October 25th, 2021,
  • for Extra U.E. citizens within September 25th, 2021.

Price

The cost of the Specializing Master is 14.500 € (14.000 € participation fee + 500 € registration fee at Politecnico di Milano).
For graduate students at the Politecnico di Milano, the enrollment fee is 13.000 € divided into: Entrance fee to the Politecnico di Milano 500 € per pupil and participation fee to the Master, equal to 12.500 € per student.
The enrolment tax to the Politecnico di Milano won’t be refunded under any circumstances.

Faculty

Current edition

Faculty

Cabirio Cautela Director
Francesco Zurlo Vice Director
Anna Consolati Didactic Coordinator

Partners

Current edition

In collaborazione con
Partner for Business Design Workshop

Empowerment

“We believe that being a strategic designer means to challenge yourself, to be self-centered, to get consciousness about your limits and your strengths. Being a strategic designer depends by your attitude…this is why we aim to build it by our coaching professionals and the activities they run.”

Coach: Daniela Terrile http://danielaterrile.com/

PCC ICF Coach – PNL practitioner, Systemic Coaching
Biography
Dr Daniela Terrile

Daniela keeps coaching methodology on focusing on strengths and weaknesses of students, empowering them to face fears and improve their style. Daniela is thriving when coaching, respecting and adapting to their preferences; she keeps an eye on research to improve her understanding of students’ needs, reveal insights, and inspire innovative solutions. People inspire Daniela; she strongly believes that all students have insights and internal resources to be effective and resilient. Coaching is not about the form or fixing a person; coaching is enhancing personal potential, to gain a unique place in society, and be what people deserve and dream to be.

The course uses empowerment to increase the degree of autonomy and self-determination of all students in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way.

Purpose of the empowerment approach is to support students to overcome their sense of powerlessness and lack of influence, and to recognize and eventually to use their resources and chances in a community where we will work through art of hosting techniques, peer to peer exercises, applied improvisation, target systemic constellation and Theory U.

The course employs a mapping thinking approach to support students to embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, and learn from criticism. No teachers, no professors, only peer to peer approach; we will be inspired and experience systemic constellation, design thinking, systemic thinking, Flow and Grow Model and NLP coaching.

The course incorporates basic notion of coaching, start-up empowering via systemic management constellation to prepare students to align their skills to their future professional career. The course deals with issues ranging from how to find and experience meaning making in work to how to network and get an interview. The course will include shadowing exercises, role-playing, previous participants’ guest speakers, individual and group coaching. Small group dialogue (art of hosting and world café) will be held in regular sections comprised of a group of student peers, all managing their transition from university to career.

Partners

In collaborazione con
Partner for Business Design Workshop
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