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Senior Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

Born December 8th, 1948. Degree in Political Science from the Università di Firenze. Individual Study Program, Harvard Business School.

Academic CV

Full professor of Economic History. Currently Head of the Institute of Economic History. President of ASSI (Italian Association of Business Historians).  Past president of the European Business History Association. President of the Scientific Committee of  ICSIM  (Istituto per la Cultura e la Storia d'Impresa "Franco Momigliano"). Honorary Member of the American Historical Association. Member of the editorial advisory board of the Business History Review, of the editorial board of Enterprise and Society and of Business History. Member of the advisory board of the Business History Conference. Editor of Annali di storia dell'impresa. Co-editor of "Comparative Perspectives in Business History", a series of volumes from Cambridge University Press.

Research areas

Business History.



Books and edited volumes

Proprietà e Direzione: La Rinascente 1917-1969, Franco Angeli, Milan, 198

Impresa e Mercato: Lancia 1906-1969, il Mulino, Bologna, 1996

Big business and the wealth of nations (editor, with A.D. Chandler, Jr., and T. Hikino), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1997

Impresa e Industria in Italia dall’Unità ad oggi (with A. Colli), Marsilio, Venice, 1999

Business history around the World, (editor, with G. Jones), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003

La Storia d’Impresa come professione, a 600 page collection of the most significant essays,  Marsilio, Venice, 2008

Business History: complexities and comparisons (with A. Colli) Routledge, New York and London, 2011

Storia dell’IRI: il “Miracolo” Economico e il ruolo dell’IRI, editor, Laterza, Bari-Rome, 2012

Book Chapters

Italy: The tormented rise of organizational capabilities between government and families, in A.D. Chandler Jr., F. Amatori, T. Hikino (eds.), Big business and the wealth of nations, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1997

Business history in Italy at the turn of the century (with G. Bigatti), in F. Amatori and G. Jones (eds.), Business history around the World, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003

Growth via politics: business groups Italian-style, in T. Shiba and M. Shimotani (eds.), Beyond the firm. Business groups in international and historical perspective, Fuji Business History Series, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1997

Integration and disintegration: A review of the Southern question in Italy from a business history perspective (with A. Colli), in U. Olsson (ed.), Business and European integration since 1800. Regional, national and international perspectives, Proceedings of the Inaugural Conference in Göteborg, Sweden (August 30 - September 1, 1996), EBHA (European Business History Association), Göteborg, 1997

Beyond state and market: Italy’s futile search for a third way, in P.A. Toninelli (ed.), The rise and fall of state owned enterprise in the Western world, New York-Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Press UK, 2000

From the villages of Central Italy to the world: The shoemaking industry in the Marches, in Hubert Bonin et al. (eds.), Transnational companies 19th-20th centuries, Paris, Plage, 2002

The Fascist regime and big business: The Fiat and Montecatini cases, in H. James and J. Turner (eds.), Enterprise in the period of Fascism in Europe, Ashgate (UK), Aldershot, 2002

Rise and decline of an Italian automobile company. Lancia, 1906-1969, in S. Jaumain e K. Bertrams (eds.), Patrons, gens d’affaires et banquiers. Hommages au Professeur Ginette Kurgan (Entrepreneurs, Businessmen and Bankers. Essays in Honour of Prof. Ginette Kurgan), Bruxelles, Le Livre Timperman (Belgium), 2004

Models of Entrepreneurship in a Latecomer Country: Italy (with A. Colli), in Y. Cassis and I. Pepelasis Minoglou (eds.), Country studies in entrepreneurship, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006

Managers and owners in an Italian department store: La Rinascente from 1920 to 1970, in R. Hjerppe, E. Vaara, A. Kuuster e S. Fellman (eds.), Historical perspectives on corporate governance: Reflections on ownership, participation and different modes of organizing, Helsinki, 2008

European corporations: Ownership, governance and structures. A review of five countries: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain (with A. Colli), in Harm G. Schroter (ed.), The European enteroprise. Historical investigations into a future species, Berlin-Heidelberg, Springer, 2008


Entrepreneurial typologies in the history of industrial Italy 1880-1960: A review article, in “Business History Review”, n. 3, Autumn 1980

IRI: from industrial savior to industrial group (1933-1956), in Proceedings of the 9th International Economic History Congress, (Bern, August 1986), and in “Annali di Storia dell’Impresa”, n. 3, 1987

Globalization in historical perspective: Remarks from a stubborn Chandlerian, in “Business History Review,” Fall, 1997.

European business: New strategies, old structures, in “Foreign Policy”, Summer 1999

Entrepreneurship, in “Imprese e Storia”, vol. 34, 2006

Strategies and Structures of European Enterprise (with A. Colli), in “Revue économique”, vol. 58, 2007, pp. 39-57

Alfred Chandler: A memorial, in “Imprese e storia”, n. 35, 2007, pp. 7-11

Big and small business in the history of industrial Italy, in “Rivista di Storia economica”, 2008

Business history as history, in “Business History”, vol. 51, n. 2, March 2009

Business History: State of the Art and Controversies, in “Revista de Historia Industrial”, n. 39, v. 1, 2009 and in “Entreprises et Histoires”,  n. 1  2010

Entrepreneurial typologies in the history of industrial Italy: a reconsideration, in “Business History Review”, n. 1, spring 2011