Giovanni Battista Dagnino

Digital, Strategic, Sustainable

Giovanni Battista DAGNINO (PhD) is Chair of Management and Professor of Digital Strategy at the University of Rome LUMSA, Palermo Campus, where he is the Founding Director of the MSc Program in Economics and Management, Chair of the Scientific Committee of LUMSA Digital Hub, and Founding Chair of the Departmental Committee on Sustainability.

He is Co-Director of the LUMSA EMBA-Executive Master of Business Administration and Member of the Scientific Board of LUMSA Master School.

In addition, he is serving as Italian Academy of Management’s Board Governor, University of Palermo’s Disciplinary Council Member, and Italian Society of Management’s School of Research Methods Academic Director.

He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Management and Governance.

Professor Dagnino is known internationally for his pioneering work in two relevant areas: (1) coopetition strategy, a field of study he contributed to set off over a decade ago; and (2) the scrutiny of temporary competitive advantage. He is conducting various investigation projects on digital transformation strategy, phygital transition, digital mindset, AI, big data and advanced analytics.

His publication portfolio includes over 200 publications: over 160 academic contributions and 35 op-eds in the economic, financial and managerial press. He has authored/edited 15 books and 50 articles in leading management journals such as Academy of Management Perspectives, California Management Review, Global Strategy Journal, Long Range Planning, Organization Studies, and Strategic Management Journal.

At LUMSA, he is teaching “Digital Strategy & Marketing“, “Corporate Governance & Sustainable Leadership“, and “Management Consulting” in the core graduate curriculum.

He serves/d as faculty member of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management in Brussels, Fellow of the Strategic Planning Society in London, Friend of the European Investment Bank Institute in Luxembourg, and Friend of the Strategic Management Society in Chicago.

He has held multiple visiting positions in various internationally renown institutions, such as Harvard Business School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Wharton School, London Business School, IE Business School, IESE Business School, Grenoble Ecole de Management, the University of Mannheim, and IAE Business School, Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires. Prior to joining LUMSA, he has been Professor of Business Economics and Management at the University of Catania, Italy. At the University of Catania, he had multiple appointments: member of the University Evaluation Commission, member of the University Spinoff Board, Deputy Chair, Interim Chair, and Dean of Research of the Department of Economics and Business, Coordinator of the PhD Program in Economics and Management, and Academic Director of GRIM-Group of Research on Insurance and Banking Economics and Management.

He has been co-chair of the Strategic Management Society Special Conference, “Strategy Challenges in the XXI Century: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Coopetition”, Rome, Italy, June 5-7, 2016.
He was co-chair of the 30th Anniversary Strategic Management Society Annual Conference “Strategic Management at the Crossroads” (Rome 2010), as well as of the Strategic Management Society Special Conference “New Frontiers in Entrepreneurship: Strategy Governance and Evolution” (Catania 2007). He has also co-convened the one-day workshop entitled “Private Equity and Entrepreneurship. Mobilizing Capital for Fostering Firm Growth in Italy’s Southern Regions” (Taormina 2008). With Sharon Alvarez (University of Pittsburgh) and Jay Barney (University of Utah), he has been co-chair of the First International Entrepreneurship Research Exemplars Conference “Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and the Diffusion of Start Ups”, co-sponsored by the Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division, and the University of Catania, Catania, Italy, May 23-25, 2013 (see the “Events” section). Since 2004 he has pioneered the EIASM Workshop Series on Coopetition Strategy and chaired/co-chaired six consecutive editions of this biennial venue: Catania (2004); Milan’s SDA Bocconi (2006); Madrid’s Carlos III University (2008); Montpellier I University (2010); Katowice’s University of Economics (2012); and University of Umea, Sweden (2014).

He has been Associate Editor of Long Range Planning, and serves on the editorial boards of outlets such as: Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning (2007-2012), Journal of Management and Governance (2011-2019), International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, International Studies of Management and Organization, American Journal of Business, Journal of Entrepreneurship, Business and Economics Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, and Piccola Impresa/Small Business, as well as in the scientific advisory board of Grenoble Ecole de Management (2008-2012).

He has served or is serving as guest editor for special issues of international outlets such as Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning, International Studies of Management and Organization (2 times), Journal of Management and Governance (2 times), Small Business Economics, Global Strategy Journal, California Management Review, Strategic Management Review, R&D Management, and Management Research.

He has served in leadership positions in both the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society. At the Strategic Management Society (SMS), he was Chair, Program Chair, Associate Program Chair, and representative-at-large of the Cooperative Strategies Interest Group, and served as representative-at-large  of the Competitive Strategy Interest Group. At the Academy of Management, he has been member of the Executive Committee of the Strategic Management Division as well as a five-year member of the Carolyn Dexter Award Selection Committee.

He has received several research grants and academic recognition for his scientific work, including the Best Papers Proceedings of the Academy of Management (twice), the Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the same Academy of Management, the Luciano Jona Scholarship of the Compagnia di San Paolo in Turin, and the National Research Council (CNR) Research Fellowship, as well as nominations for the Emerald Best International Symposium Award from the Academy of Management and for the Best Paper Prize at the Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society. He has been the recipient of the Best Researcher Award at the University of Rome LUMSA and of the Teaching Development Program Award at the University of Catania for two consecutive years. His portfolio shows other significant international awards: (a) the Special Recognition for Publishing Influential Work on Coopetition Studies in the decade 2004-2014, presented by the Global Coopetition Research Network at the University of Umea; (b) the CGIO Best Paper in International Corporate Governance from the Academy of Management, International Management Division, in Philadelphia; (c) the Distinguished Service Award from the Cooperative Strategies Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society; the Wiley Certificate for Top Cited Article 2020-21, as well as the Wiley Certificate for Top Downloaded Article 2019-2020 for his paper on temporary advantage published in International Journal of Management Reviews that generated immediate impact in the community-at-large.

His research revolves around the advancement of the strategic theory of the firm with specific focus on coopetition strategy dynamics, digital/phygital transformation and big data strategies, the management of temporary advantages, hubris-driven strategies, the relationships between strategy, governance and entrepreneurship, the role of anchor firms and networks in regional innovation and development especially in high tech and rapidly changing environments, and the evolution of research methods.

Professor Dagnino has developed a significant experience in scientific research evaluation at the international level (British Academy of Management, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Danish Research Council, National Science Center of Poland, Research Council of Norway, National Agency for the Evaluation of Italian Universities and Research Institutes) and is a member of various globally-reputed professional bodies, such as the Academy of Management, the European Academy of Management (Founding Member), the Entrepreneurship Research Society (Founding Scholar), the European Corporate Governance Institute, the Italian Academy of Management, the Industry Studies Association, the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society, and the Strategic Management Society.

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