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Italian Innovation in Chongqing

On November 18th and 19th I took part in the China-Italy Science, Technology and Innovation Week (CISTIW) in Chongqing. The CISTIW is the most important…




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The SME Innovation Instrument, Horizon2020 and Talent Europe

In this presentation that I gave at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC, I provide a quick introduction to the Meridian Fellowship on Social Innovation and to my project, Talent Europe,
I then present some of the latest numbers regarding the implementation of the SME Innovation instrument, one of the most innovative parts of the 8th presentation Framework program called Horizon 2020
I also discuss about three concepts that I think might be interesting to explore as a basis of a useful comparison between Europe and US science and technology Policy.


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Alberto in Washington as Meridian Social Innovation Fellow

On May 4, 2015, Meridian welcomed the inaugural cohort of the Meridian Social Innovation Fellowship to Washington, D.C. The eight Fellows – who hail from Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain – are global problem-solvers who bring together networks and resources to solve critical challenges facing their organizations, communities, and countries. Meridian has brought together this distinguished group to drive ground-breaking advancements in the fields of youth and women empowerment, cultural integration, entrepreneurship, science, technology, and education. Alberto joined the program to develop TalentEurope.





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High Level Group on Innovation Policy Management

During 2014 I took part to the works of the High Level Group on Innovation Policy Management. This group of experts from Academia, Industry and Government worked on the definition of a set of recommendations for the European Innovation Ecosystem. The group met three times, in Dublin, in Amsterdam and in Rome, and it is due to produce the final report in the course of the month of August to the Italian Presidency of the European Council.




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#Fuoriclasse: My blog on Nova Sole24Ore

Tomorrow (Sunday April 6th) I will be starting my new blog on the Sole24Ore Nova website.
The blog is titled #Fuoriclasse (Outliers) and it is going to be dedicated to portrait stories of exceptional individuals who managed to do great things through their work. It will give me an opportunity to discuss about innovation, science & technology policy, and other topics I find interesting.
The first entry on my blog is going to be an interview with the EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn.






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Visit to China Nov 14th – 19th

Just coming home from the official trip of Minister Maria Chiara Carrozza to China. We traveled to Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai, meeting a vibrant community of Italians, doing business, cultivating arts, studying and researching in this country. I was impressed by their enthusiasm and positive attitude towards future perspectives. During talks with high level officials of the Chinese Government, research centers and universities we emphasized the priority to increase scientific collaborations between China and Italy.



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Innovation Policy and Smart Cities

This is the presentation (in Italian) that Andrea Paraboschi (SSSA) and I shared with the Green City Energy conference in Pisa. We illustrated the main guidelines of Minister Maria Chiara Carrozza’s agenda.

We discussed about the need to be focused, to be inclusive and to challenge Italian’s creativity and talent.



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Join our DBA Program!

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Grenoble Ecole de Management joined forces to offer a new exciting program, targeting managers, policy makers, executives at foundations/NPO, entrepreneurs all over Europe.
Ideal candidates are European professionals, from a wide variety of career backgrounds. These may include: management, sciences, humanities and technical and engineering fields. Typically participants have attained a high level of professional achievement and are likely to be in their thirties or forties.


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Alberto Chairing a Session at an EPO/OECD Conference

Munich, May 6th. Alberto was responsible for the session titled “How Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) can fuel open science and open innovation”. When asked what was a very important and neglected aspect in technology transfer, Alberto said “people, people, people!” It is very important to consider the professionalism and experience of researchers and managers involved in the process.



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BlaBlaCar featured in Open for Innovation

BlaBlaCar is a very good example of a social platform turning into a great innovation, where users play a big role in shaping the success of the offering. Postoinauto.it, started by Olivier Bremer in 2009, happened to be at the right place at the right time, when the main investor in BlaBlaCar (Accel Partner) was hunting for companies to support the international expansion of the French company. Bremer was at the time managing the largest carsharing community in Italy at the time. “I got lucky” said to us Oliver, who is currently Country Manager for Italy… but luck is obviously only part of the story.


Not only Di Natale Goals, but also very good financial and consisting sportive results. The secrets of strategic agility in Udinese Calcio explored.

Strategic Agility: the Case of Udinese Calcio accepted on EMJ

A new paper by Alberto and Andrea has been accepted for publication by the European Management Journal. This is the result of a nice collaboration with Federico Frattini, Guido Bortoluzzi and Mattia Bianchi. A lot of fun writing this paper and working on such a unique case study.


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Loccioni Business Game: Final lecture for Open Innovation Module

Andrea and I close our lectures for the joint class of Master MAINS and Master MAIN students here in Pisa with a business game. 5 groups of students were presented with some information about Loccioni, a very innovative company in the Marche region, going through an interesting phase of transformation of its R&D and innovation activities.


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Surviving the PhD – Edition 2013

Surviving the Phd™ 2013 Edition Instructor: Alberto Di Minin www.diminin.it At Scuola Sant’Anna, Doctoral Students in Management receive a special treatment. Surviving is a course I have designed whose goal is to introduce first years students to the PhD life, giving them an idea about what it takes to go through the program, and at the same time provide them with some methods, in a very interactive and colloquial way.


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Open for Innovation: featuring Fantini Mosaici

Open for Innovation, our biweekly column on Affari & Finanza “La Repubblica” is back, profiling interesting companies, and linking them with a management theory. Monday we discussed about Fantini Mosaici.




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Master MaIn: Create your StartUp to pass my exam

Febr. 5th is Day 1 for my new class together with Andrea Tenucci and Andrea Paraboschi. We will accompany a very international class of master students through a series of lectures and exercise that will help them better understand what is a start-up company, and actually how to start one.



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Getting Ready for some California Time

Alberto and Simone have organized a study & business tour for a group of Italian entrepreneurs to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The group will stop by for lectures at U.C. Berkeley and Stanford. They will be hosted by the Italian Consulate General in San Francisco and they will have meetings at City Hall. Other stops feature the Culinary Institute of America, LinkedIn, Plug&Play, Skydeck, Google, Idean… etc etc
Alberto and Simone codeveloped this initiative with the young entrepreneurs of Confindustria Toscana, as a sort of continuation of the lecture series “Change Agents”, which was an interesting experiment. “The idea was to mix theory and practice, to provoke new thinking and allow these young entrepreneurs to become actors of innovation and new investment within their companies”, says Alberto. “I was very happy to read Giacomo Gellini’s interview on La Nazione, as he truly represented with his words the spirit of what I am trying to do with companies, in my executive education programs”.


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IP and Open Innovation

On March 25, Alberto and Dries will be the two keynotes at the Flanders Business School. They will present findings of their research in front…


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Skills and Tools for High Tech Entrepreneurs

February 13th: Every good story has an ending (or actually: “Ogni bel ballo stufa…”).
Last lecture for Skills & Tools 2013, with guest speakers, student presentations, and final goodbyes in Aula Magna.
Eight groups present their business models which they developed during the course. In certain case we have brand new ideas, in others an attempt to define a commercialization strategy for a project developed in the labs in Pisa and Pontedera.
How many of these presentations one day will turn into real companies? Definitely too early to say. The goal is to turn them into good evaluations! Nicola Redi, from TTVenture is the chair of the judging committee which helps Andrea and Alberto with comments and suggestions.



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Intel Business Challenge 2013: the heat is on!

The campaign to look for the Italian Dreamteam (i.e. the 10 entrepreneurial teams that will challenge their European colleagues during Round 2), has officially started. Teams will have the opportunity to submit their application online till February the 22nd.


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Alberto discusses about the social media revolution with the clients of TD Group

Can we say that social media were the drivers of a second ICT revolution? Apparently so. In this presentation I try to show that there are many lessons that we can draw from previous disruptive changes in the industry, but that companies need to be outliers and define new business models and new business processes to leverage the advantaged offered them by new social medias.



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Discussion of the Project Works at Master Mains

The final act of Master MAINS A.Y. 2011/12 is taking place at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. 18 students, are back today in Aula Magna and present the result of their work in front of the faculty, academic and corporate advisors. Companies represented: Ansaldo Energia, CDC Point, Coop Italia, ENEL, Esaote, Finmeccanica, Hitachi Data System, IBM Italia, Intesa Sanpaolo, Selex-Elsag, SIA, Telecom Italia, Telespazio, Univergomma.


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RENA 7th National Assembly in Florence

Theory meets practice, and young talents from many walks of life meet for the 7th Assemblea Generale of RENA. Rena is a national network of professionals: public and private managers, consultants, journalists and (yes…) researchers. Affiliates share a common drive to make a difference acting as positive actors of change, leading by example, with honesty and transparency.




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Open for Innovation… in the Cloud

A management buyout, a profound knowledge of business process and the impact of ICT, an all-italian-team. These are the ingredients of this week’s episode of…


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Back to Berkeley, 10 years later!

10 years have gone by since my first time in Berkeley. As a PhD Student at BRIE/City and Regional Planning/Haas it was an incredible experience. After my graduation, I found many excuses to be back in San Francisco and Berkeley, but now, 10 years after my first time in town, I find it somehow different. Berkeley has defined in a unique way the scholar and the person I am today, and going back is like a walk back memory lane.


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Safe Nests, Inter-firm Relationships in Groningen

Alberto was in Groningen to celebrate Dries Faems’ professorship.
Dries gave his inaugural lecture in fronts of colleagues, friends and family, and Alberto was part of the warm up band, during an innovation workshop focussed on innovation, inter-firm and intra-firm relationships.


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Oct.25th: What a Day!

First of all I should extend my congratulations to Barbara Gilicze, who graduated (with honors!), after presenting her dissertation on social innovation. Barbara helped me…






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Alberto and Andrea Lecturing at Khalifa University (Emirates)

In the beautiful setting of the Sharjah campus, Khalifa University, Andrea and Alberto are teaching about technology management, and appropriability of Innovation in the Emirates.
A nice class of 25 phd engineering students in the field will hear from us about how to turn the result of their work into business opportunities, and how to interact with colleagues working in management. The teaching program is supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to introduce students around the world to Research in Italy.


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Knauf College in Viareggio

  Sales and Marketing manager from all over the world met in Viareggio for the 10th edition of the Knauf College. Managers took off for…


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Loccioni: implementing Open Innovation

Andrea and Alberto travel to Rosora, in the Marche, to meet with Loccioni top management and discuss about their Open Innovation strategy. The project started before the summer with extensive interviews in Loccioni, and focused on internal technology transfer and business development.






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Intel Business Challenge

  I was one of the judges for the European Finals of the Intel Business Challenge 2012. 24 teams were selected out of a pool…




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Alberto at the NetVal Summer School

On September the 12th, Alberto presented at the NetVal Summer School in Bertinoro. NetVal (LINK A NETVAL QUA) is the largest organization in Italy for…


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Back to work!

And the sun is setting on a very nice summer… No Polinesia for me,  or other  fancy place! We actually renter a RV and explored…


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Workshop with Confindustria Giovani

In a three sessions workshop, we discussed with the Direttivo Confidustria Toscana Giovani, how these young entrepreneurs could become “Changing Agents” in their own companies. The idea of the series of meeting started after a seminar in Florence dedicated to Open Innovation.




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Getting ready for Boston

Just a week before leaving for Boston. Alberto will attend the 10th International Open and User Innovation Workshop and the Academy of Management (more details…








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Alberto & Andrea's Course

Skills and Tools for High-Tech entrepreneurs wannabe November 2011 – January 2012 Skills and tools for entrepreneurship and technology management Alberto and Andrea Piccaluga offered…


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Jan 30th Kick off day Toscana Open

In a world where sources of innovation are increasingly dispersed, companies need to renew their competitive advantage by getting access to competences and ideas that…


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Alberto @ ABB Creativity Lab

Take a big breath and think: What does it take to be an industry leader? Innovate products, services, business models: of course! But leading companies…



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Celebrating Borellino's Bachelor Party

Rome 25 May: I am in Rome celebrating Andrea’s Bachelor Party.
Andrea Borelli, my friend since… half a life ago is getting married in a couple of weeks.


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Innovation à la Continuum

May 2012. Continuum Innovation featured this week in Open for Innovation (La Repubblica, Affari & Finanza). In this brief article we discuss about Continuum Innovation,…



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Trento makes hitech school

Real recipe to make result is to look far in the time. Richard Florida, American economist, says that the recipe of innovation is made of…


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Melinda: when union makes strenght

“Small is awful”. It’s what you can say in those economic areas where there is a strong need of certificated quality, advanced technology, well known…







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Udinese: when profit makes goals

Udinese is on the top of the Italian soccer championship, but it’s not only soccer we are talking about. According to Franco Soldati, it’s not…


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Edra, open innovation by design

Created in 1987, Edra has been, in the last few years, aknowledge to be one of the most innovative enterprises, nationally and internationally, thus entering…