Sabrina Bresciani

Working Visually


Dr. Sabrina Bresciani is a senior assistant professor at the Design Department of the  Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

She investigates the effectiveness of working visually – the use of design thinking and visual mapping in organizations for  improving communication within an organization and across cultures. In her interdisciplinary research she primarily deployed mixed methods, complementing experiments with qualitative data.

She has been a visiting researcher at Harvard University (Boston), the University of Cambridge (U.K.) and the National University of Singapore, and worked for 10 years as Assistant Professor at the School of Management of the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Sabrina published in interdisciplinary outlets such as: Design Studies, Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, Computers in Human Behavior, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphic, International Journal of Innovation Management, Journal of Brand ManagementJournal of Product and Brand Management, Journal of Visual Languages and Computing,  etc. She received the Best Paper award from the Frontiers of Business Research in China International Symposium 2014, from the International Conference of Information Visualization in 2010 and in 2013. She also received the Carolyn Dexter Award nomination at the Academy of Management Meeting in 2011, as well as several research grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Sabrina has been an visiting professor at various universities worldwide including the Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland), the Central University of Finance and Economics (China), the Universidad del Pacifico (Peru), Aalto University (Finland), Franklin University Switzerland, the American University in Bulgaria, Eurocampus at Universidad Jaume I (Spain) and the University of Freiburg (Germany).

She lived in 8 countries, has two multicultural children, and is the founder and president of Kolours, a non-profit social enterprise supporting girls with disabilities in India through design. She is the co-founder and vice-president of Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie (“Alice in Wonderlands”), a non-for-profit organization that supports the parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. She is member of the Association of Highly Sensitive People Switzerland and is listed in the official directory of researchers on sensory processing sensitivity.

Sabrina Bresciani


National University of Singapore:
Visiting r
esearcher 2009-2010. Host: Prof. B.C.Y Tan (President of the AIS).

Harvard University, School of Public Health, U.S.A.:
Visiting researcher 2009. Host. Prof. S.V. Subramanian.

University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory, U.K.:
Visiting researcher 2007. Host: Prof. Alan Blackwell.

Ph.D. Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland. Summa cum laude.
Institute of Marketing and Communication Management.

M.Sc. Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland.
Communication and Economics, Major in Corporate Communication.

BA Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
Industrial Design, Major in Communication Design.

Sabrina’s international experience

Lived in 8 countries: Switzerland (St. Gallen and Lugano), U.S. (Virginia and Boston), Spain, Germany, Singapore, U.K., Italy, India
Additional work experience in: Finland, Bulgaria, Peru and China.

Funds and Awards

2022- Impact Award (with Sebastian Kernbach and Martin Eppler) – University of St. Gallen
2015 – Best paper proceedings, Academy of Management Meeting 2015, Vancouver, Canada.
2014 – Best Paper award at the Frontiers of Business Research Symposium, Beijing, China
2013 – Best Paper award at the International Conference of Information Visualization IV13
2012 – Swiss National Science Foundation: two-year project funds on Knowledge Visualization for Intercultural Collaboration
2011 – Academy of Management: Carolyn Dexter Award nomination (MOC division)
2011 – IADIS Conference: Best Paper proceedings
2011 – XXII ISPIM Conference: Best Paper award nomination
2010 – International Conference of Information Visualization (IV10): best paper award
2009 – SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation) 10-month research grant for conducting cross-cultural research
2009 – SNSF conference grant
2009 – Gender Service research grant for conducting research (multilevel analysis) at Harvard University
2008 – SNSF grant


Dr. Sabrina Bresciani
Department of Design

Politecnico di Milano


+39 3803512898;
bresciani.sabrina (at)

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