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Full Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

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Courses a.y. 2018/2019

20625 GLOBAL SCENARIOS - MODULE 2 (Geopolitics and Business)

Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

Born June 15th, 1966. Degree in Business Administration from Università Bocconi.
PhD in Economic and Social History from Università Bocconi.

Academic CV

Full Professor of Economic History and Head of the Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management.

Research areas

• the structure and evolution of small and medium sized enterprises in Italy

• the role of family firms in modern economic growth

• entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial history

• corporate governance in a comparative and historical perspective

• foreign direct investments and economic growth (XXth century)






The History of Family Business 1850–2000, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2003

 Forms of Enterprise in 20th Century Italy, with M. Vasta, Elgar, London 2010

Business History: Complexities and Comparisons (with Amatori), Routledge, London 2011

Mapping European Corporations. Strategy, Structure, Ownership and Performance Routledge, London 2012 (with Abe De Jong, Martin Jes Iversen).

The Endurance of Large Family Businesses Around the World, Cambridge University Press, New York 2013 (with Paloma Fernandez Perez)




 “Networking the Market: Evidence and Conjectures from the History of the Italian Industrial Districts”, in European Yearbook of Economic History, Vol. 1, 1998, pp. 75-92, Ashgate, Aldershot.

 (with Mary B. Rose) “Families and Firms: the culture and the evolution of family firms in Britain and Italy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries”, in Scandinavian Economic History Review, (1) 1999, pp. 24-47 5

 “National Determinants of Family Firm Development? Family Firms in Britain, Spain and Italy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries”, in Enterprise and Society, 4, March 2003, pp. 28-64, with Mary Rose and Paloma Fernandez Perez

Dwarf giants, giant dwarfs. Reflections about the Italian ‘industrial demography’ at the beginning of the new millennium”, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 15 (1), 2010, 6, pp. 43-60

“Changing big business in Italy and Spain, 1973-2003. Strategic responses to a new context”, Business History (53) 1, 2011, with Veronica Binda

“Family character and international entrepreneurship: A historical comparison of Italian and Spanish New Multinationals”, with Esteban Garcia-Canal (University of Oviedo) and Mauro F Guillén (Wharton University), Business History, (55) 1, 2012, 119-138

“Contextualizing Performances of Family Firms: The Perspective of Business History”, Family Business Review, 4, 2012, 243-257

 “Business History in Family Business Studies: from neglect to cooperation?” Journal of Family Business Management, 1/2011 pp.15- 25 Vol.1, Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012, Emerald.

 “Governments as Strategists in Designing Global Players: the Case of European Utilities”, Journal of European Public Policy, forthcoming (with S. Mariotti, L. Piscitello)

 “Family character and international entrepreneurship: A historical comparison of Italian and Spanish ‘new multinationals’”. Business History pp.119- 138  Vol.55, 2013 (with E. Garcia-Canal, M. Guillén)

“Family firms: risks and opportunities: the state-of-the-art of the debate”, Socio-Economic Review   pp.577- 599  Vol.11, 2013



Pocket Multinationals.: some reflections on "new" actors in Italian industrial capitalism, in H. Bonin et al. (eds.), Transnational Companies, 19th-20th Centuries, Plage, Paris 2002, pp. 155-178.

 with Mary Rose, Family firms in comparative perspective, in F. Amatori and G. Jones (eds.), Business History Around the World at the end of the 20th Century, Cambridge University Press, 2003

with Franco Amatori, Models of Entrepreneurship in a Latecomer Country: Italy, in Youssef Cassis and Ioanna Minoglou, Country Studies in Entrepreneurship. A historical perspective, Palgrave 2006

with Mary Rose, Family Business, ch. 9 of the Oxford Handbook of Business History, G. Jones and J. Zeitlin (eds.), Oxford University Press, 2007

 with Franco Amatori, “European corporations: ownership, governance, strategies and structures. A review of five countries: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain”, in Harm Schroeter (ed.), The European Enterprise. Historical Investigation into a Future Species, Springer Verlag, 2007

 Industrial Districts and Large Firms: The Stubborn Persistence of a ‘Weak’ Productive Model, in G. Becattini, M. Bellandi, L. De Propriis (eds.), An Handbook of Industrial Districts, Elgar, London 2009

Foreign Enterprises (1913-1970), in A. Colli, M. Vasta, Forms of Enterprise in 20th Century Italy, Elgar, London 2010

Business History and Family Firms. In  The SAGE Handbook of Family Business  pp.269-  pp.292- L. Melin, M. Nordqvist, P. Sharma (eds), 2013 (with Paloma Fernandez Perez)

Technology, Firm Size and Entrepreneurship in  The Oxford Handbook of the Italian Economy since Unification.  OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS,  pp.455-  pp.484- Gianni Toniolo (ed), 2013, with Franco Amatori and Matteo Bugamelli

La grande stagione dell'IRI. in  Storia dell'IRI 2. Il "miracolo economio" e il ruolo dell'IRI.  Laterza, Bari  pp.57-  pp.150- Franco Amatori (a cura di) 2012

The role of the state in the Third Industrial Revolution. in The Third Industrial Revolution in Global Business.  Cambridge University Press,  New York,  pp.229-  pp.251- Dosi, G., Galambos, L. (eds)  2012 (with Nicoletta Corrocher)

La piccola impresa nello sviluppo economico italiano. in Libertà e benessere in Italia.  Laterza, Bari   ITALIA, pp.169-  pp.212- Luca Paolazzi (a cura di) 2011