Chairpersons & Local Organizing Committee

Massimo G. Colombo

Department of Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy,

Risultati immagini per Massimo G. ColomboMassimo G. Colombo is Deputy Director for Research, Accreditations and Rankings at the School of Management, Politecnico di Milano where he currently teaches Economics of Technical Change and High-tech Start-ups to the students of the MS programs of Politenico di Milano. His scientific activity is mainly in the area of Entrepreneurship, Economics of Innovation, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurial Finance. His current research interests include: (a) the economics of organizational design; (b) entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance: founders’ characteristics, external financing, and the post-entry performances of entrepreneurial ventures; (c) strategic alliances, acquisitions and open innovation: firm-, industry-, and country-specific determinants of alliances; alliance governance; technological collaborations and R&D investments; implementation of high-tech acquisitions; (d) the diffusion of advanced technologies and organizational innovations, and their impact on the structure and strategies of firm. He is author (or co-author) of nine books and more than 70 publications in international scientific journals, among which the Economics Letters, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Industrial Economics, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, and Strategic Management Journal. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Small Business Management and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Technology Transfer and the Entrepreneurship Research Journal

Giovanni Battista Dagnino

Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania, Italy,

Risultati immagini per Giambattista dagninoGiovanni Battista Dagnino (PhD) is Deputy Chair and Dean of Research in the Department of Economics and Business of the University of Catania, Italy, where he is Professor of Business Economics and Management and member of the University Spinoff Board. In addition, he is Visiting Professor at IE Business School in Madrid, faculty member of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) in Brussels, and friend of the European Investment Bank Institute. He has held multiple visiting positions in various internationally renown institutions, such as the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Wharton School, London Business School, IESE Business School, Grenoble Ecole de Management, the University of Mannheim, and IAE Business School, Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires. His current research revolves around the advancement of the strategic theory of the firm with specific focus on coopetition strategy dynamics, the management of temporary advantages, the relationships between strategy, governance and entrepreneurship, the role of anchor firms and networks in regional innovation and development especially as concerns high tech and rapidly changing environments, and the evolution of research methods and strategy paradigms. He has authored/edited twelve books and several articles in leading management outlets such as Academy of Management Perspectives, Advances in Strategic Management, International Journal of Technology Management, Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Journal of Management History, Journal of Management Psychology, Organization Studies, R&D Management, and Strategic Management Journal. He has been Associate Editor of Long Range Planning and serves on the editorial boards of Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management and Governance, International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, International Studies of Management and Organization, American Journal of Business, and Journal of Entrepreneurship, Business and Economics

Erik Lehmann

​Augsburg University, Germany,

Erik E. Lehmann is a Full Professor of Management and Organization at Augsburg University, Germany, Dean of Student affairs and Director of the Program Global Business Management (GBM). He received his doctoral degree 1999 from Rostock University and his habilitation (venia legendi) from University of Konstanz in 2005. From 2004-2005 he joined the Max Planck Institute (Jena) as an assistant director. Together with Silvio Vismara (University of Bergamo/Italy) he directs the CISAlpino Institute for Comparative Studies in Europe (CCSE). He is appointed as an adjunct Professor at SPEA (School of Public and Environmental Affairs) Indiana University/Bloomington and as a visiting professor at the University of Bergamo. Lehmann’s research is focused on corporate governance, entrepreneurship, innovation systems, and knowledge spillovers. His research has been published in leading academic journals like Review of Finance, Research Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice,Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Small Business Economics, Journal of Management and Governance, Journal of Small Business Management, Review of Accounting and Finance, Journal of Technology Transfer, among others. He also serves as an editor of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurial Journal. His most cited and co-authored books include The Seven Secrets of Germany. Economic Resilience in an Era of Turbulence (edited Volume with David B. Audretsch, Oxford University Press, 2016), The Makers of Modern Entrepreneurship (with David B. Audretsch, Routledge, 2016) Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth (with David B. Audretsch and Max Keilbach, Oxford University Press, 2006).

Mari-Paz Salmador

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain,

Maria Paz Salmador Sanchez.  PhD in Business Administration and Professor of Strategic Management at University Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. Her research has been published in journals such as Journal of Management, Advances in Strategic Management, International Journal of Technology Management, and Knowledge Management Research and Practice.  She has been visiting Researcher at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Ishikawa, Japan) and at The National North-Western University (Resistencia, Argentina).  She has also been Senior Postdoctoral Fulbright Scholar at Texas A&M University.  



Local Organizing Committee has been instrumental in planning the conference program activities: Pasquale Massimo Picone (Postdoctoral Fellow in Management at the University of Catania) and Giulio Ferrgno (Phd Candidate in Economics and Management at the University of Catania).