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Internationalization of R&D: Safe Nests in Global Nets

This paper documents the case of the wireless telecom industry to bring new empirical evidence to the debate on the internationalization of research and development (R&D) activities. The stickiness of core R&D projects to headquarters is related not only to organizational inertia and the unripe maturation of subsidiaries, as suggested by prior literature, but particularly to the HQ centralization of intellectual property (IP) management, which offers a high level of appropriability of R&D results. The unequal distribution of appropriability across corporate R&D networks is at the base of the formation of safe nests, domestic R&D centers that are sheltered from the forces of globalization because they offer a desirable setting for the exploitation of technologies deriving from a stronger coordination of inventive activities with the management of IP.


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…




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…


May holidays wee great

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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Business Model Innovation Journey

We explain the business model concept and explores the reasons why “innovation” and “innovation in services” are no longer exclusively a technological issue. Starting with the description of a problem or a new opportunity, we present a framework to help innovation teams develop a structured brainstorming path in order to create a new business model.


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Business Model Innovation Journey

We explain the business model concept and explores the reasons why “innovation” and “innovation in services” are no longer exclusively a technological issue. Starting with the description of a problem or a new opportunity, we present a framework to help innovation teams develop a structured brainstorming path in order to create a new business model.






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.




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…


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…



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.


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…


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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Exploring the concept of Amphibious Companies

The amphibious company is here seen as the fittest economic species in today’s hypercompetitive business arenas and hence the most likely to survive and prosper. Four behavioral traits are proposed and discussed as distinctive of amphibious companies: doing different jobs good, diversifying in multiple market arenas, brokering and bridging across business networks and absorbing knowledge from the outside.


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Exploring the concept of Amphibious Companies

The amphibious company is here seen as the fittest economic species in today’s hypercompetitive business arenas and hence the most likely to survive and prosper. Four behavioral traits are proposed and discussed as distinctive of amphibious companies: doing different jobs good, diversifying in multiple market arenas, brokering and bridging across business networks and absorbing knowledge from the outside.





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…


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…










Digital Economy Forum

On May 12th, I have taken part to the Digital Economy Forum in Venice I moderated a panel on e-commerce, starting from questions I was…






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New Pirates in Silicon Valley!

I have visited Pier 38, one of the tech incubators in San Francisco, this is the piece that I wrote (ITA only..) for Innov’Azione on…







Barbaric Ideas

Innovation Management met Good Literature On October 2nd I interviewed two of my favorite authors: Alessandro Baricco Edoardo Nesi Baricco and Nesi are the authors…





My Book came out!!

It is in Italian, and you will find many of the ideas I discuss in my dissertation. Take a look at it, buy it, own…


Global Entrepreneurship Week

On November the 20th 2008, entrepreneurs managers, banks and universities discussed together with enthusiasm about the power of entrepreneurship to create value for our economy….


Innovation in Global Industries

Presented to the public in Washington D.C. the book edited by Jeffrey Macher and David Mowery. Alberto co-authored Chapter 3 on the Semiconductor Industry READ…






Who is Alberto

Associate Professor of Strategy at the Istituto di Management – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Research Fellow with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy. My research and teaching deals with the appropriation of innovation. I focus on open innovation and new business models.
I collaborate with Nòva – Sole24Ore and I serve as the Italian Representative in the SME, Access to Risk Finance Horizon 2020 Program Committee.