Leadin’ Lab is the laboratory for Leadership, Design and Innovation at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. It helps leaders to create meaningful innovations and transform organizations.


When you enter Leadin’ Lab you join a circle of researchers and pioneering managers who address the novel challenges of value creation in a world overcrowded by information and ideas.
We combine action with research: we scan the context, conduct our own experiments, and develop new tools.
So that your decisions are informed by science.

Ultimately, our purpose is to enable you to master the landscape and the frontier of leadership, design and innovation, and become a thought leader who inspire others.


People search for meaning.
It has always been so.
But it is especially true now,
in this complex fluid world.

Our research, education and projects support you in creating meaning. To see your work and business as a way to make meaningful things that people love.


Bring value to your organization.


Research platforms.

Collaborate with us and be the first in solving today’s pressing challenges: How to engage people and make innovation happen for real? How to leverage the power of Design Thinking and digital?

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Educational Programs.

Master the landscape of Leadership, Design and Innovation. Learn through personal courses or tailor made organizational programs.

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Advising projects.

Transform your business and organization. Leverage our methods and tools to find breakthrough directions, innovate your products and processes, nurture a new mindset and culture.

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Our collaborations

Leadin’Lab operates globally. We enjoy working closely with leaders and organizations.

We also enable consulting organizations to become partners in our network, so that they can offer their clients a certified, science-driven, support and a global perspective.

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DESIGN THINKING FOR BUSINESS OBSERVATORY: Together with its Partners and Sponsors, the Observatory Design Thinking for Business is currently investigating how to Humanize Digital Technologies through Design Thinking. Discover more at: Observatory Design Thinking Website

IDEALS, Innovation and Design as Leadership: IDeaLs is a global research platform pioneering new ways to engage people for making innovation happen. In cooperation with the Center for Creative Leadership and selected pioneering global organizations. Discover more at www.ideals.polimi.it .

DT4B: DT4B (Design Thinking for Business) is an International Research Platform that aspires to be the international reference point for the community of practitioners and scholars intrigued by Design Thinking and interested in creating and capturing value for their businesses. Discover more at: www.dt4b.polimi.it

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