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Past Projects


  • Challenging the ICT Patent Framework for Responsible Innovation

The aim of the project is to provide a structured review of the role of the Patent System on the innovation process and how it impacts the social development from a multiple standpoint (legal, economics, ethical, technological) with specific focus on the particularities of ICT research and innovation. The project will identify the imperfections of the current system and propose alternatives that provide better alignment between ICT Research & Innovation, human needs and societal expectations, according to the principles of Responsible Research & Innovation.



  • SmartEIZ (Horizon 2020): Strengthening scientific and research capacity of the Institute of Economics Zagreb as a cornerstone for Croatian socioeconomic growth through the implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategy. 


  • LEAN THINKING OBSERVATORY:The Lean Thinking Observatory intends to generate an organic set of rigorous and relevant knowledge on the dissemination of Lean Thinking principles and methodologies in Italian enterprises, with the aim of playing an active and growing role in the national and international debate, also proposing itself as an interlocutor in the process of formulating proposals to policy makers.The Observatory's main sponsors are Auxiell and Banco BPM.


  • LEAN IN MIDDLE MARKET FIRMS:This research is about lean transformations in Middle Market firms. Its aim is to provide novel insights about how Middle Market firms’ owners and managers can grow their business and sustainably create wealth for themselves and their employees through lean transformations. In many cases, the survival and prosperity of these firms depend on how they are managed. Transitioning to lean systems through lean transformation  processes is an enormous opportunity available to anyone to better manage them.The project is sponsored by Ohio University's National Center for the Middle Market
  • Global Observatory on the Evolution of the Sustainable Enterprise - G.O.E.S.E. (Bando PRIN 2010-11)


  • Experiments in Family Firms. Resistance to outside contributions: knowledge preferences or something else?The objective of the project is to understand whether the decision of an entrepreneur to open or not, his own family business to outside assistance, is linked to a lack of knowledge on the benefits they could get by opening their business to the outside or to a matter of preference.
  • Organizing for the future:The project examines the impact of digital technology on strategic decision-making and performance of established firms. The adoption of digital technology (e.g., Internet of Things, cloud computing and artificial intelligence) favors the spread of data-driven decision making, which relies less on intuition (experience) and more on data collection, data analysis, experimentation and hypotheses testing, and data sharing. However, a growing body of studies suggest that data-driven decision making is still unevenly diffused across firms, with only few firms having transformed technology from a supporting tool to a strategic weapon. Our project analyzes the experience of a large multinational firm that has created a digital division and is facing the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation. The analysis draws on information collected through in-depth interviews with top and middle managers along with data on a sample of digital projects carried out by the digital division in collaboration with other divisions of the company.
  • The development of entrepreneurial leadership in family firms:General leadership literature consistently points to a set of individual features that candidates must have in order to be conferred leadership status by followers. No distinction is made between leadership characteristics that are more suitable to family vs. non-family firms, in particular when family firms require entrepreneurial innovations to survive and prosper. Some traits that make an individual more likely to be endorsed as a leader are probably common to both family and non-family firms (e.g., competence, likability). However, research and anecdotal evidence show that appointed leaders who show “traditional” leadership traits are sometimes not accepted by family members. In this research project we investigate how unique family firm dynamics may require different or additional traits that followers may see as unsuitable or un-needed to leadership within a non-family firm. Examples of these traits are an inclusive approach, an other-serving (vs. self-serving) attitude, an attitude towards listening, and an attitude towards dialogue. The project adopts an experimental method, which allows to systematically test how different leadership traits are preferred and more effective in family firms, while controlling for a number of possible confounding factors.