Foto del docente

Maurizio Sobrero

Full Professor

Department of Management

Academic discipline: ING-IND/35 Business and Management Engineering

Curriculum vitae

Education

1997

Ph.D., Management of Technology and Innovation, Alfred P. Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

1991

Visiting Fellow, Management of Technology and Innovation, Alfred P. Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1990

Laurea summa cum laude, Economics and Management, University of Bologna, Italy.

Current Affiliation

2005 - present

Full Professor of Technology and Innovation Management, Department of Management, School of Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy.

Academic Positions

2018 – 2021

Chair, Department of Management, University of Bologna, Italy.

2018 – 2021

Board member, Bologna Business School,University of Bologna, Italy.

2016 – 2017

Visiting Professor of Technology Management,IT University Innopolis, Kazan, Russia

2012 - present

Distinguished Founding Faculty,Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moskow, participated in the start-up of the Institute focusing in particular on the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

2009 – 2012

Member, Executive Committee, University of Bologna, Italy.

2009 – 2012

President, Research Board, University of Bologna, Italy.

2008 – 2012

Coordinator, Department Heads Council, University of Bologna, Italy.

2008 - 2012

Member, Academic Senate, University of Bologna, Italy.

2008 - 2009

Member, Research Board, University of Bologna, Italy.

2006 – 2012

Chair, Department of Management, University of Bologna, Italy.

2008

Visiting Professor, School of Engineering, Tongji University, Shangai.

2000 - 2006

Director, Ph.D. Program, Department of Management, University of Bologna, Italy.

2002 – 2005

Director, BA in Tourism Economics, School of Economics at Rimini, University of Bologna, Italy.

2003 – 2005

Associate Dean, School of Economics at Rimini, University of Bologna, Italy.

2001 – 2006

Director, Master in Management and Information Technologies,Bologna Business School, University of Bologna, Italy.

2001 – 2005

Full Professor of Management, School of Economics at Rimini, University of Bologna, Italy.

2002

Visiting Professor, Technology and Operations Management, CHEMBA and IMBA, Lingnan College, Zhong Shan University, GuangZhou, China.

1998 - 2001

Associate Professor of Management, School of Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy.

1999 - 2001

Visiting Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation Management, School of Economics, Libera Università degli Studi Sociali, Rome, Italy.

1998 - 2001

Visiting Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation Management, School of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy.

1995 - 1997

Assistant Professor of Management, School of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy.

1994

Course Director, Summer Seminar on Corporate Strategy and International Business, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy.

1993

Visiting Lecturer, Summer Seminar on Corporate Strategy and International Business, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy.

Advisory Activities

2019

Member, Scientific Committee, Fondazione Triulza, Milan, Italy

2018 - present

Reviewer, European Research Council, Proof of Concept Program, Brussels

2017

Italian G7 Sherpa for the Open Science group

2017

Chair, Selection Committee for C-Lab technology transfer national call, Italian Ministry of University and Research, Rome.

2017 – present

Member, Scientific Committee for the Strategic Plan of the Bologna Metropolitan Area, Bologna, Italy.

2016 – 2017

Reviewer, Expert Group for Engineering Sciences, 2011-2014 National Evaluation Assessment of Italian Universities and Public Research Centers.

2015 – 2017

Vice President, Food Nexus Consortium, European Industry-University initiative for research and innovation in food and nutrition. Other countries involved, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

2016

Coordinator, University Hospitals regulation Committee of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy.

2014 – 2015

Scientific advisor to the Italian Government during the EU Presidency semester, nominated by the Ministry of University and Research to coordinate the Presidency activity on the revision of EU2020 R&I Strategy.

2014 – 2016

Member, Expert Panel for the definition of Italian Smart Specialization Strategy, Italian Ministry of Economic Development, Rome, Italy

2014 – 2016

Non-Executive, Independent Director of the Board, Paolo Castelli Spa S.p.A., total turnover 20ml€

2013 – present

President,Scientific Committee, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy, total turnover 40ml€.

2013 – 2015

Member Working Group on “Third Mission” indicators, Italian National Agency for the Assessment of Universities and Research.

2012 – 2015

Italian representative, European Strategic Board, Food Nexus Consortium, European Industry-University initiative for research and innovation in food and nutrition, Other countries involved, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

2007 - 2016

Non-Executive, Independent Director of the Board, Zignago Vetro S.p.A., Chairman of the Internal Audit Committee, company listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, total turnover 250ml€

2012 – 2014

Italian Expert, 7thFP Socioeconomic and Humanities Research Committee, Brussels.

2012 – 2013

Member, Expert Group for Engineering Sciences, 2004-2010 National Evaluation Assessment of Italian Universities and Public Research Centers.

2011 – 2013

Member, Emilia Romagna Territorial Board, Unicredit Bank S.p.A.

2011 – 2014

Social Sciences Coordinator, Scientific Committee, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy.

2011 – 2013

Member, Executive Committee, Netval, the National Association of Italian Universities and EPRs for Technology Transfer.

2010 – 2014

Non-Executive Member, Board of Directors, Cermet Scarl, total turnover 12ml€

2007 - 2014

Member, Scientific Committee, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy, yearly budget of around 40Ml€.

2007 - 2012

Member, Scientific Committee on Telecommunication Infrastructure, Regione Emilia Romagna, Italy.

2008 – 2009

Chair, Questio Scientific Committee, IRER, an advisory body on Innovation Policy matters of the Regione Lombardia, Italy, responsible for a yearly budget of around 40Ml€ for research and innovation related policies.

2007 - 2010

Member, Scientific Committee, Nomisma S.p.A., Bologna, Italy, total turnover around 15Ml€.

2007 - 2010

Member, Committee for the evaluation of the regional policies on innovation, Regione Piemonte, Italy, responsible for an ex-post assessment of a set of policies on research and innovation which allocated an yearly budget of over 150Ml€.

2003 - 2009

Member, Expert Committee on Innovation Policies, Regione Emilia Romagna, Italy, responsible for the allocation of a yearly budget of around 100Ml€ for research and innovation related policies.

2005 - 2007

Member, Questio Scientific Committee, IRER, an advisory body on Innovation Policy matters of the Regione Lombardia, Italy, responsible for a yearly budget of around 40Ml€ for research and innovation related policies.

2000 – 2003

Board Member, Almacube, the incubator of the University of Bologna.

2001 – 2003

Board Member, Center for Research and Technological Innovation, a public-private partnership between the Universities of Bologna and Modena and the Industry Associations of Bologna and Modena, yearly turnover around 4ml€.

2000 - 2002

Co-Director and founder, StartCup, the Business Plan Competition of the University of Bologna, at the time the first in the country and now spread as a model in over 60 Italian Universities.

1999 - 2001

Advisor, Confindustria Emilia Romagna, Italy, for the drafting of expert opinions on the Regional Law on Innovation.

Honors

2020

Emerald Literati Award per l’articolo“Platforms as entrepreneurial incubators? How online labor markets shape work identity.”Journal of Managerial Psychology,34, pp. 246-268, co-authored withFrancesca Bellesia, Fabiola Bertolotti ed Elisa Mattarelli.

2018

Best Submission Nomination at the 7th Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship Conference, paper co-authored with Leonardo Boni.

2011

Best paper proceedings, Academy of Management Annual Meeting,paper co-authored withEnrico Forti e Andrea Vezzulli

2005

Finalist, Gate2Growth Academic Network European Best Paper Award, paper co-authored with Federico Munari and Raffaele Oriani

2005

Best paper proceedings, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, paper co-authored with Nicola Baldini and Rosa Grimaldi

1995

Alfred P. Sloan School of Management Selected Student, Doctoral Consortium, Business Policy and Strategy Division, Academy of Management Meeting, Vancouver, CA, August 6-9.

1994

Alfred P. Sloan School of Management Selected Student, Doctoral Consortium, Technology and Innovation Management Division, Academy of Management Meeting, Dallas, TX, August 12-15.

1994

Fulbright Research Fellow, Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

1992 - 1994

Fulbright Doctoral Fellow, Ente per gli Studi Monetari e Finanziari Luigi Einaudi, Roma.

1991

Honorable Mention,William Abernathy Best Paper in the Management of Technology Competition. Entitles recipient of lifetime membership in the Production and Operation Management Society.

Research Projects Coordination

2018 – 2021

Management Area Coordinator, EU Innovation Action, Airborne Project, Overall funding 2.3ml€, funds under management 120k€

2010 – 2018

Principal investigator PATIRIS, Italian Patent Office, for the development of the national database on academic patenting,http://patiris.uibm.gov.it/home . Overall funding 500k€.

2005 - 2009

Principal Investigator, MIUR FIRB Project “Reorganizing the Italian Public Research system to foster technology transfer: governance, tools and implementation” other units involved University of Bergamo, Polytechnic of Milan, Polytechnic of Turin, Scuola Superiore S. Anna. Overall funding 1.2M€.

2001 – 2003

Principal Investigator, MIUR COFIN Project “Industrial research and technological innovation: privatizations, liberalizations, and financial structures”, other units involved University of Bergamo, Polytechnic of Milan, Polytechnic of Turin. Overall funding 300K€.

1999 - 2001

Local Coordinator, MIUR COFIN Project “Modularity of Innovations and Division of Innovative Labor: Organizational Models and Industrial Dynamics”, Principal Investigator Prof. Enrico Zaninotto, University of Trento, other units involved University of Urbino, University of Siena. Overall funding received by unit 100K€.

1998

Stockholm School of Economics and Department of Management, University of Bologna “Supplier-manufacturer relationships in new product development: an empirical analysis of management models and results at Volvo”.

1998

Business International, Rome and Department of Management, University of Bologna, "Innovation and competition in the Italian Pharmaceutical Industry”,

1997 - 1998

Italian Industry Association (Confindustria), Ministry of University and Research, “Road Map project on Innovation and SMEs”, Local Unit coordinator.

1991 - 1992

Nomisma, Economic Studies and Analysis, Bologna, and Department of Management, University of Bologna, “Innovation gaps and opportunities in the Italian Pharmaceutical Industry”.

Invited Conferences Activities

2020

Organizer, Triple Helix Summit, “Designing Globally Connected Regional Innovation Ecosystems”, November 24th-26th

2020

Rapporteur, Second Business Forum Italy-Canada on Artificial Intelligence, November 18th-20th

2020

Organizer, 10thStrategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Faculty and Doctoral Workshops, November 6th-8th

2019

Invited speaker, “Socio-Economic Impact of Big Science Infrastructures: New Theories, Models & Measures.” ESADE, Barcelona, November 27th-28th.

2019

Invited speaker, “Canada-Italy Business Forum on Artificial Intelligence.” Montreal,September 17th.

2018

Invited participant, 5thCenter for European Policy Studies, “Europe – Back on Track”, EU Commission, Brussels, February 22-23d.

2018

Invited speaker, DG Research Rise Group Tour d’Europe in preparation for FP9, Turin, January 25th.

2018

Invited speaker, Italian Ministry of Industry and OECD, discussion of the 2018 OECD DSTI Scoreboard, Rome, February 2nd.

2017-2019

Invited Faculty,7th, 8thand 9thSEI Doctoral Consortium, University of Bath, Berlin and Leuven.

2016

Invited speaker, “Innovation Policies Roundtable”, IPKey-European Patent Office and theMinistry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, Xiamen, December 9th.

2016

Invited speaker, “Hera Academy”, Hera SpA, Bologna, December 6th.

2016

Invited speaker, “Incontri di Artimino”, Prato, November 23d.

2016

Invited speaker, “Industry 4.0: scenarios, problems and opportunities”, Pandora e Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana, May 20th.

2014

Invited speaker, European Research Area and Innovation Committee, Venice, October 2nd-3d.

2014

Invited speaker, XIIthTriple Helix Conference, Tusur, September 11th-14th

2014

Invited speaker, MIT-Skolkotech Initiative, “Innovation Symposium”, Moscow June 1st-4th.

2014

Invited speaker, University College of Dublin, “Responsible Leadership Conference”, Dublin February 5th-7th.

2014

Invited speaker, EU Commission, DG Education and Culture, “Measuring the Contribution of Higher Education to Innovation Performance”, Brussels February 12th.

2013

Invited expert, Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and PRO’s, “Italian Universities and PROs third mission: experiences, indicators and evaluations”, Rome April 12th.

2013

Invited speaker, MIT-Skolkovo Initiative, “Building Entrepreneurial Universities”, Cambridge March 24th-26th.

2013

Invited expert, Tuscany Region, “The evaluation of public firm related R&D support mechanisms”, Florence March 1st.

2013

Invited expert, Italian Ministry of Education and Research, “Regional innovation strategies and EU2013-2020 structural funds”, Rome January 29th.

2011

Invited expert, Journal of Management and Governance Round Table onInnovation and Competitiveness beyond the financial crisis”, Italian Academy of Management (AIDEA) Annual Conference, Perugia, Italy, October 13th– 14th.

2010

Invited expert, IP Curriculum building workshop, EPO, Munich, March 12th.

2009

Invited expert, IP Curriculum building workshop, EPO, Munich, October 29th.

2008

Invited speaker, 5th Roving Workshop on the Dissemination of IP Knowledge at Universities, EPO, Bulgaria Patent Office, Sofia October 9th-10th.

2007

Invited speaker, 4thRoving Workshop on the Dissemination of IP Knowledge at Universities, EPO, US Embassy and Italian Ministry of Economic Development, Rome October 19th-20th.

2007

Invited speaker, Universidad Carlos III – Madrid, distinguished scholars research seminars.

2006

Invited speaker, US Embassy and Polytechic of Turin meeting “Finance, Innovation and Technology Transfer, Turin, October 16th.

2005

Invited expert, second EIASM foresight meeting “The future of Research in Europe”, Brussels, Belgium, October 7th.

2005

Invited expert, Seminar on World Investment Report 2005, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, May 24th-25th.

2005

Invited expert, Six Countries Programme Conference: The Future of Research, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, April 21th-22th.

2005

Invited speaker, International Symposium Patents Boosting the Economy, European Patent Office, Venice, Italy, March 8th-9th.

2004

Invited expert, first EIASM foresight meeting “The future of Research in Europe”, Brussels, Belgium, December 20th-21st.

2004

Invited speaker, 1stNational Meeting on DVB-H mobile television standard, Marconi Foundation, Pontecchio Marconi, Italy, October 11th.

2004

Invited speaker, 9thSeminar on the Italian banking and Financial System, Rosselli Foundation, Bellagio, Italy, October 8th-9th.

2004

Invited speaker, Bilateral Conference on Academic Patenting U.S. Department of Commerce and Italian Ministry of Industry, Venice, Italy, October 8th.

2004

Invited Faculty, Business Policy and Strategy Division Doctoral Consortium, Academy of Management, New Orleans, USA, August 8th.

2004

Invited speaker, Innovation Day, Confindustria Emilia Romagna, Bologna, Italy, February 24th.

2004

Guest Lecturer on the Economics of Innovation, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, February 19th.

2002

Chairman, 50K Global Startup Workshop, 5thAnnual Meeting, Bologna, Italy, jointly organized with the MIT Sloan School of Management.

2002

Invited Faculty, EIASM Doctoral Summer School on Technology Management, Cremona, Italy, Lead Organizer Prof. Roberto Verganti.

2001

Invited Moderator, European Group of Organization Studies, 17thColloquium, Standing Group in Inter-organizational networks, Lion, France, Entrepreneurial Networks track.

2000

Convenor, European Group for Organization Studies, 16thColloquium, sub-theme 12, Inter-organizational networks, Helsinki, Finland, July 2nd-4th.

1996

Session Chair, Strategic Management Conference, Session on Supplier-Manufacturer Relationships in New Product Development. Phoenix, AR.

Reviewing Activities

2019

External discussant, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, PhD defendant Anjia Tekic, “Contextualized Intellectual Property Management in Co-Creation: A Configurational Approach to Strategy Development”.

2013

Invited Opponent, Aalto University, Helsinki, PhD defendantAntti Niemi, “The governance of long-term investing in knowledge creation: Novel control mechanisms for reducing managerial myopia and increasing growth in organizations”.

2011

Reviewer, Danish Council for Independent Research

2010

External reviewer, Recruiting Committee for a new Chair in Innovation and Technology Transfer Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

2008 – present

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Technology Transfer

2005 – present

Editorial Board Member, European Management Review

2000 - present

Reviewer, Il Mulino, Bologna, Italy, Economics and Management Area.

1999 - present

Reviewer, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management and Governance, Organization Studies, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Long Range Planning.

1999 - present

Reviewer, Academy of Management Meeting, Organization and Management Theory Division, Technology and Innovation Management Division, Business Policy and Strategy Division

1996

Reviewer, Strategic Management Journal, Special Issue on Interorganizational Networks, Guest Editors Rebecca Henderson and Will Mitchell.

Doctoral Thesis Supervision

2021 to be defended

Leila Damampour, “Temporary teams’ composition in health care organizations: the case of additive manufacturing technologies”,PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna.

2020 to be defended

Leonardo Boni, “Rethinking poverty alleviation in developed economies: the role of Social Entrepreneurship”,PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna.

2019 defended

Francesca Bellesia, “Navigating Identities in Online Labor Markets”,PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna. Currently Post Doc at Università di Modena and Reggio Emilia. Thesis paper indicated as 2019 Highly Recommended articles by Journal of Managerial Psychology.

2018 defended

Azzurra Meoli, “A career theory approach to Entrepreneurial Choice: the case of Italian University Graduates”,University of Bologna. Currently Post Doc at Università di Bologna.

2016 defended

Marco Cecchini, “Individual differences in disposition effect”,PhD. Program in Management, PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna. Currently Post Doc at Università la Sapienza, Rome.

2013 defended

Giulio Michetti, “Diffusion, Adaptation and Institutionalization of Organizational Practices: the Case of Corporate Social Responsibility”,PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna. Currently Director at C.O. Consulting.

2011 defended

Simone Santoni, “Organizing for Entrepreneurship as a Multi-Level Problem: a Configurational Approach”,PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna. Currently Lecturer at Cass Business School, London.

2010 defended

Enrico Forti, “In the mix: exploration and exploitation in new product creation”,PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna, Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management Conference 2011. Currently Senior Lecturer at University College London.

2008 defended

Serena Morricone, “The value relevance of intangible assets: A comparative study of the European adoption of international accounting standards”,PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna. Currently Assistant Professor of Management at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan.

2008 defended

Riccardo Fini, “Do private and academic entrepreneurs differ: an empirical analysis of the microfoundations of entrepreneurial orientation”,PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna. Currently Associate Professor of Management at University of Bologna.

2007 defended

Alessandro Malipiero, “Diversification strategies and performance implications in the Venture Capital industry”,PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna, Best Paper award, DRUID conference 2005. Currently Banker at Investec, London.

2004 defended

Nicola Baldini, “Institutional changes and innovative processes: patenting and technology transfer in Italian Universities”, PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna, Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management Conference 2005. Currently Technical Operations Manager, RCF SpA, Italy.

2002 defended

Raffaele Oriani, “R&D, technological knowledge and firms’ market value: theoretical and empirical assessments through real options”,PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna, finalist, 2003 Best Dissertation Award, Business Policy and Strategy Division Academy of Management. Currently Full Professor of Management, LUISS University, Rome.

2001 defended

Federico Munari, “Privatization processes and innovation”,PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna. Currently Full Professor of Management, University of Bologna.

2001 defended

Silvia Profili, “Inter-organizational relationships and knowledge diffusion processes”,PhD. Program in Management, University of Bologna. Currently Associate Professor of Management, European University, Rome.

Courses tought

Undergraduate

General Management, Engineering Management, Entrepreneurship, Production and Operations Management, Technology and Innovation Management.

MBA

Corporate Strategy, Technology Strategy, Management of Technological Innovation.

Ph.D.

Research Methods, Economics and Management of Innovation, Theory of the Firm.

Selected Consulting Activities

2016

MAST Foundation, for the planning and implementation of the new education facilities and the interactive Innovation Space dedicated to middle and high school students. Total budget of the project 10ml€

2010

ACRI, Associations of Italian Banking Foundations, Technical Report on Technology Transfer initiatives of Italian Banking Foundations. Total funds allocated yearly by members of ACRI to TT around 200ml€.

2008

Sirti S.p.A, Technical support on the Public Procurement bidding for the outscourcing of the IT infrastructure of Ferrovie dello Stato S.p.A. Contract value around 1Bl€.

2005

Regione Emilia Romagna, Expert on Innovation Management, “Governance structure and strategic plan for the full-scale operation of LEPIDA, the public broadband network and related services”. Investment value around 300ml€.

1997

ENEL Spa, Rome, Project leader, “The re-engineering of R&D in preparation for the privatization process.” Budget to be restructured around 5bl€.

1995

Challenge Learning International, Paris., National Coordinator, “The Opel Difference Project”, for the re-engineering of GM European dealers’ network.

1994

Centro Sviluppo Materiali Spa, FINSIDER Group, Rome, Project leader, “The re-engineering of R&D in preparation for the privatization process.” Budget to be restructured around 1bl€.

Professional affiliations

Member of the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, European Group of Organization Studies, Accademia di Economia Aziendale, Associazione italiana di Ingegneria Gestionale.

Other personal information

Born in Bologna on Feb. 16th 1967. Married with two children. Italian citizen. Certified sailing instructor. Diving instructor.

Italian mother language. English as a second language (TOEFL and Cambridge Proficiency Certified). Working knowledge of French and Spanish.