Elisa Operti
Associate Professor, Management Department

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Ph.D. in Management, Bocconi University, Milan (IT).

B.A. and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management (magna cum laude),
Polytechnic of Turin, Turin (IT).

Academic positions

Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Lugano (CH). 

Research Areas

Technology and  Innovation Management: innovation networks, corporate entrepreneurship, collaboration with start ups

Organizations and Social Networks: signed networks, multilevel networks, network dynamics and resilience

Societal challenges: organized crime and economic networks 

Semiconductors, Video games, Telecommunications (Smartphones)
Geographical Areas
Europe, Italy

Academic Publications
  "Hold your horses: Temporal multiplexity and conflict moderation in the "Palio di Siena" (1743-2010)." (E. Operti, S. Lampronti, S. Sgourev, ), Organization Science, Issue forthcoming
  "From Montagues to Capulets? Analyzing the systemic nature of rivalry in career mobility" (S. Sgourev, E. Operti), Academy of Management Journal, Oct 2019, Vol. 62, Issue 5, p. 1333‑1357
  "Tough on criminal wealth? Exploring the link between organized crime's asset confiscation and regional entrepreneurship" (E. Operti), Small Business Economics, Sep 2018, Vol. 51, Issue 2, p. 321‑335
  "The categorical imperative and structural reproduction: Dynamics of technological entry in the semiconductor industry" (G. Carnabuci, E. Operti, B. Kovacs), Organization Science, Dec 2015, Vol. 26, Issue 6, p. 1734‑1751
  "Public knowledge, private gain: The effect of spillover networks on firms' innovative performance" (E. Operti, G. Carnabuci), Journal of Management, Apr 2014, Vol. 40, Issue 4, p. 1042‑1074
  "Where do firms' recombinant capabilities come from? Intra-organizational networks, knowledge, and firms' ability to innovate by technological recombination" (G. Carnabuci, E. Operti), Strategic Management Journal, Dec 2013, Vol.  34, Issue 13, p.  1591‑ 1613

  Knowledge growth through inter-organizational knowledge recombination: an analysis of the US semiconductor industry between 1976-2002.. In: L'organizzazione fa la differenza. (with G. Carnabuci). : Carocci, A. Comacchio , A. Pontiggia . 2008, p. 259-286
  Value Chain Structure and Correlation Between Design Structure Matrices.. In: Advances in Design (with M. Cantamessa, M. Milanesio). London : Springer-Verlag, H.A ElMaraghy, W.H. ElMaraghy. 2006, p. 303-313

Other Publications
Articles published in conference proceedings
  "Strategic alternation of stakeholder salience: Insights from "Monte dei Paschi di Siena" (1996-2012)", With S. Lampronti, S. Sgourev. In : Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management. Boston (United States) : Academy of Management, 2019
  "A War in Ninety Seconds: Moderation and Escalation of Neighborhood Rivalry in the "Palio di Siena"", With S. Sgourev, S. Lampronti. In : Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management . Vancouver (CA) : (OMT division), 2015
  "Good for one, bad for most? Intrafirm networks and innovation at the inventor and firm level", With G. Carnabuci. In : Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management. : Academy of Management, 2012
  "Investigating the link between R&D organization and firms? recombinant capabilities", With G. Carnabuci. In : Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management. : Academy of Management, 2010
  "Knowledge that flows and knowledge that grows: inventive performance in the semiconductor field", With G. Carnabuci. In : Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management. : Academy of Management, 2008

Press articles
  "Crime organisé et marchés légaux". Futuribles, 26 Aug 2019, p. 27-32

Teaching at ESSEC

Master in Management: Strategy and Management, Corporate Strategy 

Executive Master Strategy & Management of International Business (SMIB): Applied Strategic Management

PhD: Business and Corporate Strategy, Organizations and Social networks, Quantitative Research Methods 

Other Teaching Activities

- Organization and Social Networks, M. Sc. In Management (2nd year), University of Lugano, Instructor (AA 2010-2011).
- Seminars in Networks and Innovation, B.A. in Corporate Communications, IULM University, Milan (IT), Instructor (AA 2009-2010; AA 2010-2011).
- Management of Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights (Module within the course Global market Strategy). M.Sc. in management. University of Lugano, Instructor (AA 2009-2010).
- Introduction to STATA, Ph.D. Course, University of Lugano, Instructor (AA 2008-2009).

Awards and Distinctions

AAP-Paris-Seine (2018) Research Grant for the project “Regional resilience to environmental shocks: a network approach”

ANR JCJC (2018) Research Grant for the project “Résilience économique aux chocs: Le rôle des réseaux régionaux d'innovation”

Runner up Academy of Management OMT Best Symposium Award runner-up (2018) (with S. Lampronti & S. Sgourev)

ASAC TIM Best Paper Award (2017) (with Amit Kumar)

Runner up Academy of Management Best Paper Award - OMT division (with S. Lampronti & S. Sgourev) 2015 (Vancouver, CA)

EGOS Best Paper Award - Social Network Sub-Theme  (with S. Lampronti & S. Sgourev) 2015  (Athens, GR)

ESSEC Foundation Research Award  2014

Academy of Management Best Paper Award - TIM division (with G. Carnabuci) 2012 (Boston, MA)

Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, TIM Division, Academy of Management Meeting, 2008 (Anaheim, CA), 2010 (Montreal), 2012 (Boston, MA), 2015 (Vancouver, CA), 2019 (Boston, MA)

Academy of Management Best Reviewer Award: BPS Division 2009 (Chicago, IL) 2012 (Boston, MA); TIM Division 2008 (Anaheim, CA) 2010 (Montreal), 2011 (San Antonio, TX), 2013 (Orlando, FL), 2014 (Philadelphia, PA) OMT Division: 2017

Feb 2009 – Sep 2011 -Post Doctoral Research Grant, Swiss National Foundation, University of Lugano.

Sep 2005 - Feb 2009 - PhD Fellowship, Bocconi University, Milan (IT)

Jun 2004 - Optime Award (2003) for best 2003 graduates, Polytechnic of Turin (IT). Mar 2003 

Scientific Activities
Conference Presentations
I regularly attend generalist management conferences (Academy of Management Conference, EGOS and SMS) and specialized events in my domain of research (Organization Science Winter Conference, Sunbelt, DRUID, INSEAD Network evolution conference, ...)

Affiliations and Academic Responsibilities

Service @ESSEC Conseil Social et Economique, Elected Member (2018 – now) Faculty Senate, Elected Member (2018 – now) Member of the Scientific Committee (2016 – 2018) Member of the recruitment committee (2014-now)  Coordinator, PhD in Management (2015 – 2018) Seminar Series Organizer, Department of Management (2012 – 2015)

PhD students @ESSEC supervision: Amit Kumar (Main Supervisor; Placement: Assistant Professor, Warwick Business School, Strategy and International Management group) Shemuel Lampronti (Co-supervisor; Placement: Assistant Professor, Warwick Business School, Strategy and International Management group) Himanshu Bhatt (Co-supervisor; 2015 – now) Francesca Nannetti (Committee Member, 2017 – now)

Journal Reviewing: Ad hoc reviewer for Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Strategy Science, Industry & Innovation, British Journal of Management, Small Business Economics, R&D Management 

Conference Reviewing: Academy of Management Conference (2008- today), Strategic Management Society Conferences (2012-today) 

Service to academic associations: Representative at large TIM division (Elected member, 2019-2021)  AoM Conference Best Dissertation Award committee, TIM division (2015 - today)

Professional Experience
Feb 2004 – Aug 2005 - Business Analyst (Technology and Operation Management), JPMorgan Chase & Co., London (UK).


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