Category: "Study in Progress"

This is the end…the best is yet to come!

The famous Roman poet Orazio used to say: “Carpe diem”, as an invitation to get everything you can out of your time here. A more recent “philosopher” from Rome, Professor Filippo Passerini, translated the Latin words into: “Be in the moment!” I managed to be in the moment, up to the point where I didn’t realize that time was inexorably flowing.

5 reasons to study Project Management at MIP Politecnico di Milano

I do not mean that you really need an excuse to move to Milan to study at a leading European business school and brush up on your project management skills, but here is my list of 5 reasons to do a Master’s degree in International Project Management at MIP Politecnico di Milano in case you are not convinced yet.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

If I look back to the time when I was a student, I can see that math was my only guiding principle. Math was for me the most powerful tool I had to try to understand the reasoning behind every character type and aspect of human behavior.
As I approached groupwork studies for the first time, my main interest was totally focused on how hard it was for each member to bring their own experience to the table and make things work together as a team.

5 important lessons I learnt during my i-Flex experience

I can’t believe it has been 18 months now, since the first day we met in Milan for the kick-off week. Doing an MBA is a decision that really changed my life in both a personal and a professional way, and I want to share the top 5 things that this program brought me:

Take an Italian student just over his MBA graduation day

Imagine his last two years, riddled with continuous efforts and fatigue due to entire nights spent studying despite the stress of his daily working life, frequent trips to Milan and long weekends invested in attending the lessons. Hours and hours dedicated to never-ending conference calls to prepare for the exams, giving up free time and putting his own feelings to one side.

Viable innovation: a week in Silicon Valley [Second part]

M is for MIP and, by extension, the entire Politecnico di Milano ecosystem, including the business school, the faculty of engineering, design and architecture, the business incubator and innovation district, with its entire industrial sector connected; it constitutes a seat of excellence and a hope that Italy and Milan increasingly are, and will continue to be, an economic and innovation engine for the country and for the whole of Europe.

Viable innovation: a week in Silicon Valley [First part]

An innovation, however, is always influenced by the cultural context in which it is born, by the social forces which contribute towards directing and shaping it. In this sense, rarely have we seen a more powerful cultural amalgam than that which started bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the Sixties: a perfect culture for the birth of homemade computers.

The Marshmallow Test and Self-control!

The brain, where it all begins…
“Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above. They come out of struggles from below”. It is our choices that define what we are, more than our abilities do. This statement from Noam Chomsky, an American linguist, philosopher and cognitive scientist, inspired me to read more about the factors that motivate people to act or take decisions. I took the opportunity offered by the i-Flex program, in partnership with the World of Business Ideas, to do more research on this subject by watching several WOBI clips.

How is Entrepreneurship impacting Europe – China Business?

It’s no longer news that the Chinese market has become one of the biggest players in the world, with the nation’s economic growth rate at a stable 6.7% in the last 4 years. But why did China scale up so fast in the business landscape?
The “Entrepreneurial mindset” played a key role in that, and this was exactly the topic of the seminar held by Prof. Zhang at MIP – Politecnico di Milano.

Top 10 tips for International Full-Time MBA candidates

Studying abroad is the most effective means for students to develop the necessary skills because it pushes them to get out of their comfort zone and experience another culture, language and education system. It teaches students to appreciate diversity at first hand, enabling them to recognize — and then dismiss — stereotypes they may have held about people they had never met.