Biographical note

I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Bocconi University. 

Previously I held post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard Business School and Marshall Business School (USC). I received my PhD from Copenhagen Business School with a thesis on the development of the palm oil cluster in Southeast Asia since colonial times.


My research focuses on global history of commodity markets in Southeast Asia; clusters in historical perspective; and business history of emerging markets since the 19th century. Recently I started new projects on historical entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems in different historical and geographical contexts.

Research interests

Business and Global History; Historical Entrepreneurship; Economic Geography

Selected Publications

Entrepreneurial imagination: Insights from construal level theory for historical entrepreneurship
BUSINESS HISTORY, Forthcoming, 2022

Drivers of philanthropic foundations in emerging markets: family, values and spirituality
JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS, 180: 263–282, 2022, 2022

Giacomin, Valeria; Jones, Geoffrey; Salvaj, Erica H.
Business investment in education in emerging markets since the 1960s

Lubinski, Christina; Giacomin Valeria; Schnitzer Klara
Internment as a business challenge: Political risk management and German multinationals in Colonial India (1914–1947)
BUSINESS HISTORY, 63(1): 72-97, 2021, 2021

Giacomin, Valeria
The emergence of an export cluster : traders and palm oil in early Twentieth-Century Southeast Asia
ENTERPRISE & SOCIETY, 19(2): 272-308, 2018

Giacomin V.
The transformation of the global palm oil cluster : dynamics of cluster competition between Africa and Southeast Asia (c.1900-1970)
JOURNAL OF GLOBAL HISTORY, 13(3): 374-398, 2018

Giacomin, Valeria
Negotiating cluster boundaries: governance shifts in the palm oil and rubber cluster in Malay(si)a (1945–1970 ca.)

Giacomin, Valeria
Clusters as spaces for global integration
The Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business, Routledge, pp. 264-278, 2019

Valeria Giacomin
Singapore: global city ante litteram in early 20th century Southeast Asia
Singapore – Two hundred years of the Lion City, Routledge, pp. 61-79, 2019