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Rosa Grimaldi

Full Professor

Department of Management

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

Curriculum vitae

Rosa Grimaldi – Short CV

Rosa Grimaldi earned her Bachelor in Management Engineering from the Polytechnique University of Turin, Italy, in 1996. She took a Master's degree in “Technology and Innovation Management” at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), Sussex, UK. In 2000, she took a Ph.D in Industrial Engineering. In 2002 she joined the Ross School of Management, University of Michigan, as Visiting Scholar, where she conducted research on the impact of new technologies on competitiveness, with professor Allan Afuah.

From 2002 to 2004 she has been assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna. Since 2004 she is associate professor of Technology and Innovation Management at the Department of Management of the University of Bologna.

She teaches 'Innovation Management' and 'Entrepreneurship in high tech industries' at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna. She is the scientific director of the Executive Master in Technology and Innovation Management at ALMA Graduate School (
 Within this Executive Master, she teaches ‘Technology Entrepreneurship'.

She is also part of the Faculty of the Ph.D program in Management of the Department of Management of the University of Bologna. Within this PhD course of ‘Economics and Management of Innovation', she is responsible for two modules: ‘Organization of Public Reseach Systems' and ‘New firms creation'.

She is in the board of ISA (Istituto Studi Avanzati), a permanent organization, which is part of the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, providing scholars and scientists of the University of Bologna with the instruments and the means to bring to Bologna visiting professors and junior scientists and to stimulate the circulation of ideas and the exchange of knowledge.

She has been involved in several research projects on technology transfer. Among them, one of the most relevant is a FIRB project on the “Re-organization of the Italian Public Research System” ( the past years she has been responsible for several research projects financed and supported by local institutions and research centers. She has been responsible for several collaborations on the subject of technology transfer at regional and national level. She has been (and she is currently) involved in European projects on technology transfer.

Most of her scientific production is about New Business Creation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Transfer. On these topics she has publications on national journals and international journals (including Research Policy, R&D Management, Technology and Innovation Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics, Scientometrics, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice). She has recently been involved as a guest editor (together with Mike Wright, Donald Siegel and Martin Kenney) for a special issue of Research Policy on Academic Entrepreneurship, which appeared in October 2011. She is in the Editorial board of the ‘Journal of Technology Transfer' and ‘Economia e Politica Industriale'.





Forthcoming international publications


Baldini, N., Fini R., Grimaldi R., Sobrero M., 2013. Diffusion of organisational practices in turbulent environments: an empirical analysis of university-level patent regulations

forthcoming Minerva


Angeli F., Grandi A. and Grimaldi R. 2013. Directions and Paths of Knowledge Flows through Personnel Mobility: a Social Capital Perspective

forthcoming Regional Studies


Rentocchini F., Manjarres-Henriquez L., D'Este P. and Grimaldi R.. 2013. Does academic consulting require any research? Examining the relationship between research funding and academic consulting.

Forthcoming Technological Forecasting and Social Change



Selected International publications


Perkmann M., Tartari V., McKelvey M., Autio E., Brostrom A., D'Este P., Fini R., Geuna A., Grimaldi R., Hughes A., Krabel S., Kitson M., Llerena P., Lissoni F., Salter A., Sobrero M., 2013. ‘Universities and the third mission: a systematic review of research on external engagement by academic researchers', Research Policy,  42 (2), 423-442


Fini, R., Grimaldi, R., Marzocchi, G.L. e Sobrero, M. 2012. The Determinants of Corporate Entrepreneurial Intentions within Small and Newly Established Firms. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, (36): 387-414


Grimaldi, R., Kenney, M., Siegel, D. and Wright, M. 2011. 30 years after Bayh–Dole: Reassessing academic entrepreneurship. Research Policy, 40 (8): 1045-1057


Fini, R., Grimaldi, R., Santoni, S. and Sobrero, M. 2011. Complements or Substitutes? The Role of Universities and Local Context in Supporting the Creation of Academic Spin-Offs, Research Policy, 40 (8): 1113-1127


Grimaldi, R., Mattarelli, E., Prencipe, A. e von Zedtwitz, M. 2010. Offshoring of Intangibles: Organizational and Strategic Issues. Industry and Innovation (17): 347-349


Angeli, F. e  Grimaldi, R. 2010. Leveraging Offshoring: The Identification of New Business Opportunities in International Settings. Industry and Innovation, (17): 281-297


Grimaldi, R. and Nosella, A. 2009. University level mechanisms supporting the creation of new companies: an anlysis of italian academic spin-offs. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 21 (6): 679-698


Fini, R., Grimaldi, R. and Sobrero, M. 2009. Factors fostering academics to start-up new ventures: an assessment of italian founders' incentives. Journal of Technology Transfer, 34 (4): 380-412


Baldini, N., Grimaldi, R. and  Sobrero, M. 2007. To patent or not to patent? A Survey of Italian inventors on motivations, incentives and obstacles to university patenting. Scientometrics, 70, (2): 333-354


Baldini, N., Grimaldi, R., Sobrero, M. 2006. Institutional changes and the commercialization of academic knowledge: a study of Italian universities' patenting activities between 1965 and 2002. Research Policy, 35 (4): 518-532


Von Zedtwiz, M. and Grimaldi, R. 2006. Key success factors of incubator business models: results of an empirical investigation in Italy. Journal of Technology Transfer, 31 (4): 459-468


Grimaldi, A. and Grandi, R. 2005. ‘The effects of academic research groups' organisational characteristics on the generation of successful business idea', Journal of Business Venturing, 20 (6): 821-845


Grimaldi, R. and Grandi, A. 2004. Business incubators and new venture creation: assessing different incubating programmes. Technovation, (25): 111-121


Grimaldi, R. and Grandi, A. 2003. Exploring the networking characteristics of new venture founding teams: a study of Italian academic spin-offs. Small Business Economics,  21(4): 329-341


Grimaldi, R. and Grandi, A. 2003. Evolution of incubation models: evidence from the Italian incubation industry. Industry and Higher Education, 18 (1): 23-31


Grimaldi, R. and Von Tunzelman 2003. Sectoral determinants of performance in collaborative R&D projects. International Journal of Technology Management, 25 (8): 766-778


Grimaldi, R. and von Tunzelmann, N. 2002. Assessing collaborative, pre-competitive RD projects: the case of the UK LINK scheme. R&D Management, Vol. 32 (2): 165-173


Hoefkens, I. and Grimaldi, R. 2002. Collaboration en matière de recherche-developpement: évaluation des résultats du programme britannique ‘LINK'. Economie Appliquée, tome LV, 2002, (1): 79-104


Grimaldi, R. and Torrisi, S. 2001. Codified-tacit and general specific knowledge in the division of labour among firms. A case study of the software industry. Research Policy, 30 (9): 1425-1442