Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets
Mattia Bianchi holds the Matts Carlgren Chair in Business Administration. He is a Professor of Innovation Management at the House of Innovation, Stockholm School of Economics (SSE).
Mattia holds a BSc, MSc and PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and an International Diploma in Management from Imperial College London, UK. Mattia has also been visiting scholar at University of Calgary and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Mattia's research interests are in the fields of innovation management, new product development and entrepreneurship, with a special focus on open innovation, lean and agile development processes and design thinking. He is particularly interested in how organizations can overcome the recurring syndromes that cause many innovation projects and new ventures to fail, e.g., scope creep (the project grows in size in an uncontrolled way, as it loses a clear direction), firefighting (developers fixing unexpected problems and working flat-out as deadlines approach), overdesign (loading a new product with features that customers don’t need), jumping to solutions (taking the problem for granted and eventually producing brilliant answers but to the wrong questions).
Mattia has published several papers including articles in Research Policy, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Long Range Planning, Technovation, R&D Management, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Production Research, Research-Technology Management, The Energy Journal and Technology Analysis and Strategic Management.
In 2015, Mattia received the SSE Corporate Partnership Program's Research Award and in 2018 he was named MSc Teacher of the Year by SASSE, SSE’s Student Association. In 2019, Mattia was honored to receive the ASFOR Award for Best Under 40 Italian Professor.
As a teacher, Mattia has designed and directed several innovation courses at the Bachelor, Master and MBA levels and in Executive Education programs. In particular, Mattia has been responsible for the innovation module in the SSE MBA Program between 2015 and 2022. Between 2014 and 2018, Mattia was director of the Master Program in Business and Management at SSE.