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Riccardo Fini

Full Professor

Department of Management

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

Coordinator of PhD Programme in Management

Curriculum vitae

Detailed Curriculum Vitae 


2021 – Present: Professor (ING-IND/35) – University of Bologna, IT

2020 – Present: Coordinator of the PhD Program in Management – University of Bologna, IT

2019 – Present: Director of the Entrepreneurship Hub Bologna Business School, IT

2021 – Present: Visiting Professor – Ghent University, BE

2019 – Present: Visiting Professor – Nord University, NO

2016 – Present: Visiting ProfessorImperial College Business School London, UK

2013 – Present: Director of the Executive Master in Entrepreneurship – Bologna Business School, IT



2014 – 2021: Associate Professor (ING-IND/35) – University of Bologna, IT

2015 – 2019: Director of the Global MBA Innovation Management – Bologna Business School, IT

2015 – 2018: Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Bologna Business School, IT 

2011 – 2016: Research Fellow – Imperial College Business School, London, UK 

2011 – 2014: Assistant Professor (ING-IND/35) – University of Bologna, IT 

2009 – 2010: Researcher with a fixed term contract (SECS-P/08) – University of Bolzano, IT 

2008 – 2009: Post–doc Research Fellow – Case Western Reserve University, USA 

2008 – 2008: Post–doc Research Fellow – University of Bologna, IT  

2003 – 2004: Research Assistant – University of Bologna, IT 



2005 – 2008: University of Bologna – PhD in Business Administration

1997 – 2003: University of Bologna
 – Laurea Degree in Management Engineering



2018: Professor (ING-IND/35) – Roma, IT

2014: Associate Professor (ING-IND/35) – Roma, IT

2003: Profession of Engineer – Bologna, IT



2004 – 2004: Assistant project manager 
– Sipe Consortium, Vignola, Modena, IT

1998 – 2002: Entrepreneur 
– Gardosi & Co., Advanced mechanics – Optical industry, Modena, IT



2007 – 2008: Case Western Reserve University – Visiting scholar (September 2007 – April 2008), Cleveland, USA

2007 – 2007: Ecole des Mines de Paris – Visiting scholar (May – July 2007), Paris, FR

2002 – 2003: UCLA – Visiting student (August 2002 – July 2003), Los Angeles, USA



2012 – 2016: EU Marie Curie Fellowship CIG – University of Bologna 

2010 – 2011: EU Marie Curie Fellowship IEF – Imperial College London 

2008 – 2009: IRI Foundation scholarship – Case Western Reserve University 

2005 – 2007: Doctoral scholarship – University of Bologna 



2016 – 2016: CAAB on "Local attractiveness - Bologna and Emilia Romagna"

2015 – 2016: MIUR-ANVUR on "Entrepreneurship from public research centers in Italy"

2015 – 2017: MIUR-ANVUR on "Student Entrepreneurship in Italy"

2014 – 2015: MIUR-ANVUR on "Academic Entrepreneurship in Italy"



2018 – 2021: Co-Principal investigator – Project Academic MOBILITY in Italy: Determinants, relevance and impact – with L. Toschi, University of Bologna

2013 – Present: Co-Principal investigator – Project ALMALAUREA on students entrepreneurship – with M. Sobrero, University of Bologna

2013 – 2016: Team member – Project FARB Academic entrepreneurship in Europe: Assessing individual, organizational and enviromental determinants – coordinated by S. Torrisi, and R. Grimaldi, funded by University of Bologna

2012 – 2016: Coordinator – Working Group Entrepreneurship – FoodBest EU Consortium – University of Bologna

2012 - Present: Principal investigator – TASTE project (TAking STock: External engagement by academics) – EU grant – with M. Sobrero, University of Bologna

2010 – Present: Co-Principal investigator – TRACK project (TRansferring ACademic Knowledge) – EU grant – with E. Autio and M. Perkmann, Imperial College London, UK

2010 – 2010: Principal investigator – MUIC project (Mapping University–Industry Collaborations) – with A. Narduzzo, University of Bolzano

2008 – 2010: Team member – Who are the academic entrepreneurs in the US? – financed by the Kauffman Foundation – coordinated by S. Shane, Case Western Reserve University, USA

2005 – 2013: Co–Founder (with R. Grimaldi and M. Sobrero) of OSIRIDE Observatory – Academic Spin–offs in Emilia Romagna

2006 – 2010: Team member – IRIS project (Italian Research Innovation Systems) – FIRB grant – coordinated by M. Sobrero, University of Bologna



2022: Conference – Boosting entrepreneurial skills and mindsets: theories, methods and impact (with E. Rasmussen, J. Wiklund), 22/11/21; 16/2/22; 18-20/5/22, Bologna Business School, Bologna, IT

2020: Summit – Triple Helix International Summit, 24-26/11/20, Bologna, IT

2020: Conference – 10th Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (SEI) Faculty Workshop and Doctoral Consortium, 6-8/11/20, University of Bologna, IT 

2020: Conference – Invention to Innovation: Creating the conditions for impact, R&D Management Symposium – (with E. Maine, S. Lubik et al.) 4-5/8/20, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, CA

2019: Conference – The Future of Conducting and Publishing Research in Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Strategy - A Paper Development Workshop for Early-Career Scholars – (with E. Rasmussen, J. Wiklund), 22-24/05/19, Bologna Business School, Bologna, IT

2018: Symposium – Exploring the multi-faceted non-economic goals of entrepreneurial firms (with L. Cassia, A. Colombelli, D. Hahn e T. Minola), 12/10/18, XXIX Conference AIIG, Varese IT

2018: Symposium – It’s All About Impact: Commercialization, Academic Engagement, and Entrepreneurship – (with M. Wright), 08/08/18, Academy of Management, Chicago, USA

2018: Symposium – Leveraging open innovation to improve society (with Ahn J., Mortara L. e Roijakkers N.), 2-4/7/2018, R&D Management Conference, Milano, IT

2017: Research Workshop – University-Industry Collaborations and Academic Entrepreneurship: East meets West – (with E. Rasmussen, M. Takata, R. Tijssen and P.K. Wong), 5-6/06/17, Bologna Business School, Bologna, IT

2017: Research Seminar – Imprenditorialità: il ruolo chiave delle competenze trasversali – (with E. Luppi, D. Bolzani, R. Grimaldi and D. Guglielmi), 30/01/17, Department of Management, University of Bologna, IT

2016: Research Seminar – Management meet ICT and Return: New trends in data science, 25/10/16, Department of Management, University of Bologna, IT

2016 - 2021: Practitioner Conference – Entrepreneurial Start-up Ecosystem Day, Bologna Business School, Bologna, IT

2016: Symposium – The commercialization of science: An integrative research agenda on managing the science-business interfaces – (with E. Rasmussen, D. Siegel e J. Wiklund), 08/08/16, Academy of Management, Anaheim, USA

2016: Research Seminar – Transferring Academic Knowledge at Imperial College London, TRIC workshop – (with M. Perkmann), 20/05/16, Imperial College London, London, UK

2016: Practitioner Conferences - A context of excellence, the excellence in the context - Fintech (31/3/16), Automazione (28/4/2016) e Agro-Alimentare (26/5/16), San Lazzaro di Savena, Bologna, IT

2015: Conference – Science-based Entrepreneurship Workshop – (with R. Grimaldi, E. Rasmussen, J. Wiklund and  M. Wright), 6-8/05/15, University of Bologna Business School, Bologna, IT

2014: XXV AIIG Conference – (with A. Zanoni, M. Sobrero et al.), 16/10/14, Bologna, IT

2014: Symposium – Boosting economic growth: entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship in manufacturing and related industries - (with A. Colombelli, F. Frattini, T. Minola and A. Petruzzelli), 16/10/14, XXV Conference AIIG, Bologna, IT

2014: Research Workshop – Entrepreneurship in the EU: new data, methods and approaches - (with E. Rasmussen and J. Wiklund), 18-20/05/14, Bodo University, NO

2014: Research Seminar - Fifteen years of Academic Entrepreneurship in Italy: Evidence from the Project TASTE - (with D. Bolzani, R. Grimaldi e M. Sobrero), 12/05/2014, Alma Graduate School, Bologna, IT

2014: Research Seminar – Imprenditorialità nel nord-est Italia - (with C. Boari and S. Torrisi), 17/01/14, University of Bologna, IT

2013: Symposium – The development of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures: the role of founders - (with D. Iacobucci, T. Minola and E. Piva), 17/09/13, XXIV AIIG Conference, Milano, IT 

2013: Professional Development Workshop – The Fonts of Entrepreneurship: Individuals, Organisations, Institutional Settings - (with T. Folta and R. Grimaldi), 10/08/13, Academy of Management, Orlando, USA

2012: Professional Development Workshop – Research on universities and science: Geography, institutions and disciplinary fields - (with N. Lacetera, A. Nelson, M. Perkmann and H. Sauermann), 08/08/12, Academy of Management, Boston, USA

2011: Professional Development Workshop – Research on universities and commercialisation: Contributions to management research – (with N. Lacetera, A. Nelson, M. Perkmann and H. Sauermann), 12/08/10, Academy of Management, San Antonio, USA

2010: Professional Development Workshop – Research on university research commercialization: approaches, methodologies, and data sources - (with N. Lacetera and M. Perkmann), 06/08/10, Academy of Management, Montreal, CA

2010: Research Workshop - Universities on a third mission - DIME Network – (with M. McKelvey, M. Perkmann and M. Sobrero), 11/02/2010, Alma Graduate School, Bologna, IT



2020: Politecnico di Torino (IT)

2019: University of Bergamo (IT)

2018: University of Pisa (IT); University La Sapienza Roma (IT)

2017: Kingston University (UK); Politecnico di Milano (IT)

2015: Polytechnic of Bari (IT)

2012: Ghent University (BE); Esade Business School (SP)



2018 – Present: Associate Editor - Journal of Technology Transfer



2020 – Present: Journal of Business Venturing

2019 – Present: International Small Business Journal

2018 – Present: Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice

2017 – Present: Journal of Management Studies

2017 – Present: Administrative Sciences

2017 – Present: Innovation: Organization & Management



Academy of Management Journal; Academy of Management Perspectives; Business Process Management Journal; Current Psychology; European Management Journal; European Management Review; Industrial and Corporate Change; Industrial Marketing Management; Industry and Innovation; International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing; Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Industrial and Business Economics; Journal of Small Business Management; Journal of Strategy and Management; Long Range Planning; Organization Science; Plos One; R&D Management; Research Evaluation; Research Policy; Sage Open; Science and Public Policy; Scientometrics; Small Business Economics; Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal; Technological Forecast and Social Change; Technovation.



KU Leuven Research Grants of the University of Leuven (BE); Swiss National Science Foundation (CH); Management studies fellowship of the Fundacao Francisco Manuel dos Santos of Lisbon (P); SSHRC Insight Grant of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (CA); International fellowship of the Polytechnic of Milan (IT); EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship (EU); New Research Project grant of the Research Foundation Flanders (BE) and Future in Research grant of the Ministry of Italian Universities and Research MIUR (IT).



2015: Triple Helix Conference Beijing (CN) - Best conference paper

2013: Babson College Conference Lyon (FR) - Best paper proceedings

2012: Druid Society Conference Copenhagen (DK) - Best paper proceedings

2010: Babson College Conference Lausanne (CH) - Best paper proceedings



2022: Open Entrepreneurship Danish Technical University

2021: R&D Management Conference Glasgow

2018: HSE campus Nizhny Novgorod and RUDN University Moscow

2016: Triple Helix Worldwide Webinar on Entrepreneurial Universities

2015: Porto Business School; NUS Entrepreneurship Centre Singapore; University of Queensland Brisbane



2022: Cass Bayes Business School; IMT Lucca; DTU Copenhagen  

2021: DTU Technical University of Denmark; CNR Italy; University of Cambridge

2020: Warwick Business School; University of Bordeaux

2019: IE Madrid

2018: ISG Paris; IESEG Paris

2017: ETH Zurich; University of Bergamo; Fondazione Bruno Kessler IRVAPP Trento; ANVUR Rome

2016: University of Kassel; Imperial College London; EPFL Lausanne; Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos - Unisinos 

2015: Catolica Lisbon; National University of Singapore Business School; Hong Kong Science and Technology University; National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Center; Queensland University of Technology; Collegio Carlo Alberto - University of Turin

2014: University of Strathclyde Glasgow; Bodo University; Leiden University 

2013: Purdue University; University of Illinois Chicago

2012: Bodo University

2011: Polytechnic of Milan; Cass Business School London; Bocconi University 

2010: University of Cambridge; Luiss Roma; University of Bologna

2009: Universidad Politecnica de Valencia; Imperial College Business School; EM-Lyon; Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa; Case Western Reserve University Cleveland; University of Bologna; Copenhagen Business School

2008: University of Cambridge; Case Western Reserve University Cleveland; Polytechnic of Milan



2021: Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Virtual); Egos Colloquium (Vienna, AU); Babson College (Babson, USA)

2020: Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Vancouver, CA); Strategic Management Society (London, UK)

2019: Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Boston, USA); Triple Helix (Cape Town, SA); Egos Colloquium (Edinburgh UK); DRUID Society (Copenhagen, DK); Regional Innovation Policies conference (Florence, IT); AIIG Conference (Torino, IT)

2018: Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Chicago, USA); Triple Helix (Dubai, AE); Workshop on A Multidisciplinary Perspective into Entrepreneurship (Gent, BE)

2017: Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (Norman, Oklahoma, USA); Strategic Management Society Annual Conference (Huston, USA); Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Atlanta, USA); EGOS Colloquium (Copenhagen, DK); Druid Conference (New York, USA); INSEAD Doriot Entrepreneurship Conference (Paris, FR)

2016: SMS Special Conference (Rome, IT); Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Anaheim, USA); EGOS Colloquium (Naples, IT); EURAM Conference (Paris, FR); Workshop on university-industry interactions (Fukuoka, J); Strategic Management Society Annual Conference (Berlin, DE); 12th Workshop on New Institutionalism in Organization Theory (Lucerne, CH); AIIG XXVII Conference (Bergamo, IT); Management meet ICT workshop (Bologna, IT)

2015: Finkt Project Final Conference (Rimini, IT); Science-Based Entrepreneurship Workshop (Bologna, IT); Universities and Public Science Imperial College Conference (London, UK); Egos Colloquium (Athens, GR); Alberta Institutions Conference (Alberta, CA); Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Vancouver, CA); Triplex Helix Conference (Beijing, CN); Technology Transfer Society (Dublin, IE)

2014: SMS Special Conference (Tel Aviv, IL); AIIG XXV Conference (Bologna, IT); OECD Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Enterprise Dynamics (Paris, FR)

2013: T2S Conference (Bergamo, IT); AIIG XXIV Riunione scientifica (Milano, IT); Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (Lyon, FR); Paul Lawrence Conference Harvard (Boston, USA); AIB Conference (Istanbul, TU); Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Orlando, USA); DRUID Society (Barcelona, SP)

2012: DRUID Society (Copenhagen, DK); EGOS Colloquium (Helsinki, FI); Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Boston, USA) 

2011: DIME Final Conference (Maastricht, NL); Academy of Management Annual Meeting (San Antonio, USA) 

2010: AIIG XXI Riunione scientifica (L'Aquila, IT); Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Montreal, CA); DRUID Society (London, UK); Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (Lausanne, SW); TI:GER/Kauffman Sponsored Workshop (Atlanta, USA)

2009: AIIG XX Riunione scientifica (Udine, IT); Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Chicago, USA); EPIP 4th Annual Conference (Bologna, IT); Kauffman-OECD Workshop (Kansas City, USA); DRUID Society (Copenhagen, DK); EGOS Colloquium (Barcelona, SP); Kauffman Foundation Workshop (Atlanta, USA)

2008: AIIG XIX Riunione scientifica (Palermo, IT); DRUID Society (Copenhagen, DK); PICO project Workshop (Sestri Levante, IT)

2007: T2S Conference (Riverside, USA) 

2006: AIIG XVII Riunione scientifica (Roma, IT); Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Atlanta, USA); IECER IV Conference (Regensburg, DE)

2005: RENT XIX Conference (Napoli, IT)




2011 – Present: Lecturer – Principles of management 37068 – University of Bologna

2014 – 2014: Lecturer – Entrepreneurship BS0606 – Imperial College London

2010 – 2010: Lecturer – Innovation management BS0820 – Imperial College London

2006 – 2010: Teaching assistant (A. Zanoni) – Management of the firm – University of Bologna

2008 – 2008: Invited lecturer (S. Shane) – Economics of technological innovation ECON369 – Case Western Reserve University

2008 – 2008: Invited lecturer (H. Royer) – Econometrics ECON326 – Case Western Reserve University

2004 – 2007: Teaching assistant (R. Grimaldi) – Principles of management – University of Bologna



2016 – Present: Lecturer – Laboratory of Business Plan 78858 – University of Bologna

2016 – Present: Lecturer – Business Plan Development – Global MBA, Bologna Business School, University of Bologna

2014 – Present: Lecturer – Managing Engineering and Construction Processes 35493 – University of Bologna

2015 – 2015: Lecturer – Entrepreneurship BS1513 – Imperial College London

2014 – 2016: Lecturer – Business Plan Development – Laboratorio d'Impresa T-A, University of Bologna

2012 – 2012: Lecturer – Innovation Management – Master in Management, Bologna Business School, University of Bologna

2011 – 2014: Lecturer – Entrepreneurship – Summer School in Biotechnology, Bologna Business School, University of Bologna

2008 – 2009: Lecturer – New venture creation – Spinner Project, Alma Mater Foundation, Bologna;

2007 – 2007: Invited lecturer (A. Zanoni) – Supply chain management, MBA Made in Italy, Bologna Business School, University of Bologna



2014 – Present: Lecturer – Business Plan Development – Executive Master in Entrepreneurship, Bologna Business School, University of Bologna

2009 – 2013: Teaching assistant (R. Grimaldi) – Technology Entrepreneurship, Executive Master in Technology and Innovation Management, Bologna Business School, University of Bologna

2011 – 2011: Teaching assistant (A. Lipparini) – Corporate Strategy, Executive MBA, Bologna Business School, University of Bologna



2018: Lecturer – Module in the PhD Creativity and Entrepreneurship Winter School – for PhD students, University of Bologna (IT)

2017: Lecturer – Module in the From IP Management to Technology transfer for Business course – for PhD students in chemistry, University of Bologna (IT)

2017 – Present: Lecturer – Module in the Economics and Management of Innovation course – for PhD students in General Management, Department of Management, University of Bologna (IT)

2015 – Present: Lecturer – Module in the Technology Management and Entrepreneurship course – for PhD students in General Management, Department of Management, University of Bologna (IT)

2015: Lecturer – Module in the Business Plan Development course – Launchpad for PhD students, University of Bologna (IT)

2011: Lecturer – Module in the Business Plan Development course – FIXO Program on Knowledge Transfer for UNIBO PhD students, University of Bologna (IT)

2010: Lecturer – EDEN doctoral tutorial I on Entrepreneurship and Innovation – EIASM network, 15-16 November 2010, Imperial College London (UK)

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