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Full Professor
Department of Management and Technology

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Courses a.y. 2016/2017


Biographical note

Rome, September 24th, 1961. Degree in Economics from the Università di Genova. MA in Economics from New York University. PhD in Economics from Stanford University.

Academic CV

Professor of Management. I study firm strategy, particularly technology strategy and the impact of innovation on industry structures.  I published on national and international journals.  My best known book is Markets for Technology (2001, MIT Press, with A.Arora and A.Fosfuri). I am Co-Editor of Strategic Management Journal (with Sendil Ethiraj and Connie Helfat) and Chair of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the US Academy of Mangement. In 2015-6 I am visiting the TIES group (Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy) of the MIT Sloan School of Management, 100 Main Street, E62-438, Cambridge, MA 02142. My website is http://www.alfonsogambardella.it/

Research areas

Strategy. Innovation. Management.

Selected publications

Selected Journal Articles

  • Torrisi, S., Gambardella, A., Giuri, P., Harhoff, D., Hoisl, K. and Mariani, M., "Using, blocking, and sleeping patents: empirical evidence from a large inventor survey," Research Policy, forthcoming, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2016.03.021
  • The User Innovation Paradigm: Implications for Markets and Welfare (with C. Raasch and E. Von Hippel), Management Science, forthcoming, available open access at http://pubsonline.informs.org/doi/pdf/10.1287/mnsc.2015.2393
  • Bribery and Investment: Firm-Level Evidence from Africa and Latin America (with A. Birhanu and G. Valentini), Strategic Management Journal, early view, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/smj.2431/abstract ... check the video abstract
  • Using What You Know: Patented Knowledge and Incumbent Firms in Employee Entrepreneurship (with M. Ganco and F. Honorè), Organization Science, 2015
  • Bibliometric Evaluation and Informed Peer Review: Evidence from Italy (with G Bertocchi, T. Jappelli, C. Nappi, and .Peracchi), Research Policy, 2015
  • Strategic Incentives to Human Capital (with C.Panico e G.Valentini), Strategic Management Journal, 2015 ... check the video abstract
  • On the Management of Open Innovation (with C.Panico), Research Policy, 2014 
  • Learning to Be Edison: Inventors, Organizations and Breakthrough Inventions (with R.Conti and M.Mariani), Organization Science, 2014
  • The Economic Value of Patented inventions: Thoughts and Open Questions, International Journal of Industrial Organizations, 2013
  • Research on Markets for Inventions and Implications for R&D Allocation Strategies (with R.Conti and E.Novelli), Academy of Management Annals, 2013
  • General Technological Capabilities, Product Market Fragmentation, and Markets for Technology (with M.Giarratana), Research Policy, 2013
  • Technology Push and Demand Pull Perspectives in Innovation Studies: Current Findings and Future Research Directions (with G.Di Stefano and G.Verona), Research Policy, 2012
  • Localized Knowledge Spillovers and Skill-Biased Performance" (with M.Giarratana), Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2010
  • Ideas for Rent: An Overview of Markets for Technology (with A.Arora), Industrial and Corporate Change, 2010
  • Business-Model Innovation, General Purpose Technologies, Specialization and Industry Change (with A.McGahan), Long Range Planning, 2010
  • How and When Should Companies Retain their Human Capital? Contracts, Incentives, and Human Resource Implications (with M.Giarratana and C.Panico), Industrial and Corporate Change, 2010
  • Organizational Attributes and the Distribution of Rewards in a Region: Managerial Firms vs Knowledge Clusters (with M.Giarratana), Organization Science, 2010
  • A Breadth of Fresh Air: Firm Type, Scale and Selection Effects in Drug Development (with A.Arora, L.Magazzini and F.Pammolli), Management Science, 2009
  • How Provincial is Your Region? Openness and Regional Performance in Europe (with M.Mariani and S.Torrisi), Regional Studies, 2009
  • The Value of European Patents (with D.Harhoff and B.Verspagen), European Management Review, 2008
  • The Market for Patents in Europe (with P.Giuri and A.Luzzi), Research Policy, 2007
  • Inventors and Invention Processes in Europe. Results from the PatVal-EU Survey (with P.Giuri et al.), Research Policy, 2007
  • Proprietory vs Public Domain Licensing of Software and Research Products (with B.Hall), Research Policy, 2006
  • Old Economy Inputs for New Economy Outputs: Cluster Formation in the New Silicon Valles (with T.Bresnahan and A.Saxenian), Industrial and Corporate Change, 2001
  • Specialised Technology Suppliers, International Spillovers and Investments: Evidence from the Chemical Industry (with A.Arora and A.Fosfuri), Journal of Development Economics, 2001
  • Domestic Markets and International Competitiveness: Generic and Product Specific Competencies in the Engineering Sector (with A.Arora), Strategic Management Journal, 1997
  • Evaluating Technological Information and Utilizing It (with A.Arora), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 1994
  • The Changing Technology of Technical Change: General and Abstract Knowledge and the Division of Innovative Labour (with A.Arora), Research Policy, 1994
  • Competitive Advantages from In-house Basic Research, Research Policy, 1992
  • Complementarity and External Linkages: The Strategies of the Large Firms in Biotechnology (with A.Arora), Journal of Industrial Economics, 1990

Selected Books

  • Innovazione e Sviluppo: Miti da Sfatare, Realtà da Costruire, Egea, 2009
  • From Underdog to Tigers: The Rise of the Software Industry in Some Emerging Economies (editor, with A.Arora), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005
  • Building High-Tech Clusters: Silicon Valley and Beyond (editor, with T. Bresnahan), Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004
  • Markets for Technology: The Economics of Innovation and Corporate Strategy, (with A.Arora and A. Fosfuri), Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2001
  • Science and Innovation: The US Pharmaceutical Industry in the 1980s, Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, 1995