How to Anticipate the Needs of CompaniesTHE SDA BOCCONI RESEARCH DIVISION, DIRECTED BY PAOLA CILLO, SEEKS NOT ONLY TO RESPOND TO THE CONTINGENT NEEDS OF COMPANIES AND INSTITUTIONS BUT TO ANTICIPATE THEM. A DIFFICULT AND STIMULATING CHALLENGE
A special kind of research, the kind that not only knows how to respond to companies’ needs but tries to anticipate them. "What we carry out at the Claudio Demattè Corporate and Financial Institutions Research Division of SDA Bocconi," explains Director Paola Cillo, Associate Professor at the Department of Management & Technology at Bocconi University, "is rigorous frontier research capable of foreseeing issues that will become relevant for companies and institutions in the medium- to long term. It is a difficult task but also a stimulating challenge".
This is wide-ranging research effort that also has another quality, inter-functionality: "Another goal of the Division is to act as glue among the various transversal skills that exist between Bocconi University and SDA Bocconi School of Management", continues Cillo.
The Claudio Demattè Corporate and Financial Institutions Research Division contains 12 Labs, "Like the Sustainability Lab, for example, which is multidisciplinary by nature and, thanks to the varied and multiple skills of our faculty, helps companies, international organizations, and public and governmental institutions rethink their future in light of the global challenges looming on environmental and societal issues".
The See Lab and the Devo Lab are two other instances of the frontier research that characterizes the division: "The first is devoted to the Space Economy, and brings together economic, managerial and strategic expertise, as well as engineers and scientists, to investigate the application of space technologies to the business world”, Paola Cillo continues, “while the Devo Lab is dedicated to the issue of digital transformation, which has dominated the last 15 years and has accelerated due the effects of the pandemic. The Devo Lab, in particular, focuses on the impact of digital-driven innovation on the Italian economy and on Italian organizations."
Finally, there is another aspect that testifies to the significance of the research activities undertaken by the SDA Research Division: "Our research also has the task of feeding the management training programs of Bocconi’s business school", says Paola Cillo, "and this further confirms how important it is for the methodology to be rigorous and at the same time relevant for solving the business problems of companies whose managers attend our classes".
by Davide Ripamonti