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Personal data

Born in 1953. Residence Turin, Italy. Married.



Study of Economics and Law at the University of Turin. Graduated in 1977.



Since 1984 researcher at Ceris (Institute of Research on Firms and Growth) within the Italian National Research Council (CNR).

1998-2014 Director of Ceris

Since 2014 Director of IRCrES (Research Institute on the Sustainable Economic Growth).


Academic activities

- Contract professor of Managerial Economics at Polytechnics of Turin (1991-2005)

- Now member of the faculty of the PhD program “Technology Economics and Management”, University of Pavia.

- 2005-2011 member of the Academic Senate of Polytechnics of Turin


Other scientific and professional contributions

- Member of Academy of Agriculture of Turin, since 2015.

- Member of the scientific committee of the Bioindustry Park (Colleretto Giacosa, Turin) since 2015.

- 2009-2015 member of the evaluation committee of the Innovation poles of Piedmont Region.

- Rewiever for the economic area of the European Science Foundation, Strasbourg since 2008.

- 2008-2012 member of the board of Corep (Consortium for Research and Training), Turin.

- 1996-2001 and 2007-2011expert within the technical committee for the restructuring of defense industry (Italian Ministry for Economic Development).

- l’industria. Rivista di economia e politica industriale, direction committee member since 2006.

- Revista galega de Economia, Editorial Board member since 2005.

- Int. Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Editorial Board member.

- He has been member of several Government technical committees, of the research evaluation committee of Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris (Turin), of the scientific committee of the Observatory on innovative firms (Pisa), and Panel coordinator of the 2nd Italian technology foresight exercise (Rosselli Foundation).


Research interests

Innovation, sustainability and competitiveness in traditional activities, new technology based firms, public research-firms relationship, local innovation networks, national and regional innovation policies, art and culture in local development.


Recent publications


  1. “New entrepreneurial behaviour of public research organisations: opportunities and threats of technological services supply”, in Int. J. Services Technology and Management, vol. 13, n. 1-2, 2010, pp. 134-151 (with M.Coccia).

  2. “Evoluzione strutturale e competitività internazionale della meccanica strumentale italiana”, in l’Industria, n. 4, ottobre-dicembre 2010.

  3. “Are incubators and science parks effective for research spin-offs ? Evidence from Italy”, in Science and Public Policy, vol. 38, n. 3, aprile 2011, pp. 170-184 (with E.Salvador).

  4. “Le soutien public aux projets innovants des PME: une évaluation de deux territoires, en Italie et en France”, in Revue Internationale P.M.E., vol. 24, n. 2, 2011, pp. 11-48 (with S.Novero).

  5. “La meccanica strumentale in Germania e Italia: due modelli a confronto”, in Economia e Politica Industriale, n. 2, giugno 2012 (with A.Manello).

  6. “Human resource management and organizational behavior of public research institutions”, in International Journal of Public Administration, vol. 36, n. 4, 2013, pp. 256-268 (with M.Coccia) .

  7. “Coopération pour l’innovation à niveau local: un exemple italien de succès » in Innovations, vol. 44, n. 2, 2014, pp. 57-77 (with A.Bonomi).

  8. « University Third mission in Italy : organization, faculty attitude and academic specialization », in Journal of Technology Transfer, vol. 39, n. 3, giugno 2014, pp. 472-486 (with U.Finardi).

  9.  “E’ possibile una politica industriale di filiera ? Il caso francese”, in G.Zanetti ed., Evoluzione della grande impresa e catene globali del valore, Genova, Fondazione Ansaldo, 2014.

  10. “Editorial”, in International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol. 19, n.1/2, 2015, pp.1-5.

  11. “Il ruolo della specializzazione verticale e orizzontale nei cluster d’impresa. Evidenze empiriche nel settore della meccanica strumentale in Italia”, in R.Antonietti, G.Corò, F.Gambarotto eds., Uscire dalla crisi. Città, comunità, specializzazioni intelligenti, Milano, F.Angeli, 2015, pp. 109-124 (with A.Manello).

  12. “Editoriale. La centralità della meccanica strumentale nelle strategie di sviluppo dell’Italia”, in l’Industria, vol. XXXVI, n. 2, 2015, pp161-167 (with P.Rizzi).

  13. “Specializzazione produttiva e integrazione di filiera nel comparto delle macchine per la lavorazione della pietra”, in l’Industria, vol. XXXVI, n. 2, 2015, pp. 221-237 (with G.Vitali).

  14. “Il settore dei macchinari per la carta nel distretto di Lucca”, in G.Vitali ed., La filiera del distretto cartario di Lucca, Milano, F.Angeli, 2016 (with G.Calabrese e G.Vitali).

  15. « Spin-off creation in a national research institution : technological and industrial implications », in D.Audtretsch et alii eds., University evolution, entrepreneurial activity and regional competitiveness, Springer, 2016, pp. 97-125 (with U.Finardi).





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