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Giada DI STEFANO
Strategy and Business Policy
Member of CNRS-GREGHEC Research Group
Giada Di Stefano earned her Ph.D. at Bocconi University.
In her research, she investigates when and why firms transfer the knowledge that helps them achieve competitive advantage, especially when such knowledge cannot be effectively protected by legal property rights. In this context, she is particularly interested in the role played by social and institutional forces, such as social norms.
Giada has taught courses on Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship in the biotech industry at Bocconi. Previous to joining Bocconi, she worked as a product manager for L'Oréal Paris.
Her work has been recognized by several awards, including the 2011 Premio Isimbardi (the Province of Milan's top honor for young researchers), the 2011 Best Dissertation Award from the Technology and Innovation Management division of the Academy of Management, and a selection among the finalists in the 2011 Best Dissertation Award from the Business Policy and Strategy division of the Academy of Management.
"Too any Cooks Spoil the Broth? Geographic Concentration, Social Norms, and Knowledge Transfer", Forthcoming, Advances in Strategic Management, vol. 36 (in coll. with A. A. KING, G VERONA).
"Sanctioning in the Wild: Rational Calculus and Retributive Instincts in Gourmet Cuisine", Academy of Management Journal, June 2015, vol. 58, n° 3, pp. 906-931 (in coll. with A. KING, G. VERONA).
"Kitchen Confidential? Norms for the Use of Transferred Knowledge in Gourmet Cuisine", Strategic Management Journal, November 2014, vol. 35, n° 11, pp. 1645-1670 (in coll. with A. KING, G. VERONA).
"The organizational drivetrain: A road to integration of dynamic capabilities research", Academy of Management Perspectives, November 2014, vol. 28, n° 4, pp. 307-327 (in coll. with M. PETERAF, G. VERONA).
"The Elephant in the Room of Dynamic Capabilities: Bringing two Diverging Conversations Together", Strategic Management Journal, December 2013, vol. 34, n° 12, pp. 1389-1410 (in coll. with G. Verona, M. Peteraf).
"Knowledge, innovation and social norms in creative industries", Economia & Management, 2012, n° 3, pp. 36-40.
"Technology Push and Demand Pull Perspectives in Innovation Studies: Current Findings and Future Research Directions", Research Policy, October 2012, vol. 41, n° 8, pp. 1283-1295 (in coll. with A. Gambardella, G. Verona).
"Dynamic Capabilities Deconstructed. A bibliographic investigation into the origins, development, and future directions of the research domain", Industrial and Corporate Change, April 23th 2010, vol. 19, n° 4, pp. 1187-1204 (in coll. with M. Peteraf, G. Verona).
"Hells kitchen: Sanctioning violations of norms of knowledge use in gourmet cuisine", 2014 (in coll. with A. KING, G. VERONA).
"Making Experience Count: The Role of Reflection in Individual Learning", Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC, 2016 (in coll. with Francesca GINO).
"Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth? Geographic Concentration, Social Norms, and Knowledge", Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC, 2016 (in coll. with A. KING, G. VERONA).
"Kitchen Confidential? Norms for the Use of Transferred Knowledge in Gourmet Cuisine", Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC, 2013 (in coll. with A. KING , G. VERONA ).
"The Elephant in the Room of Dynamic Capabilities: Bringing Two Diverging Conversations Together", Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC, 2013 (in coll. with M. PETERAF , G. VERONA).
Employment Date: 2012
Main courses taught at HEC
Strategic Challenges in Creative Industries
Economics of Strategy
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
2011 Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management, Bocconi University, Italy.
2003 Master of Business Administration, Bocconi University, Italy.
Academic responsibilities at HEC
2012- Assistant Professor.
2012- Member, SnO (Society and Organizations) Research Center.
2012- Member, GREGHEC (CNRS).
External academic responsibilities
2010-2010 Teaching Assistant, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
2008-2010 Instructor, Bocconi University.
Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation
Representative-at-Large, Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division, Academy of Management (elected).
SnO Research Center, HEC Paris.
Member, Research Committee of the Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division, Academy of Management (nominated).
Strategic Management Society: Competitive Strategy, and Knowledge & Innovation.
Academy of Management: Business Policy & Strategy, Technology & Innovation Management.
KITeS Research Center, Bocconi University (Research Assistant).
Reviewer for Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2008-present); and Strategic Management Annual Meeting (2009-present).
Ad Hoc Reviewer for (among the others): Academy of Management Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Research Policy, and Strategic Management Journal.
Co-organiser of the 2nd edition of the SnO Research Day.
Co-organiser of the 1st edition of the SnO Research Day.
Awards & Honors
2016 2016 SMS Conference Best Paper for the Behavioral Strategy Interest Group Award for "Making Experience Count: The Role of Reflection in Individual Learning" with Francesca Gino, Gary Pisano, Bradley Staats.
2016 2016 SMS Best Conference Paper award & Best Paper for the Strategy Process Interest Group Award for "E Pluribus Unum: Unpacking the Dynamics of Narrative Construction of Strategic Change" with Elena Dalpiaz, assistant professor of Strategy at Imperial College.
2016 2016 Emerald Citation of Excellence for "The elephant in the room of dynamic capabilities: Bringing two diverging conversations together", Strategic Management Journal, 34(12), 1389-1410, Peteraf, M., Di Stefano, G., & Verona, G. (2013).
2014 Best Conference Paper, Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, nominated.
2014 Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
2011 Best Dissertation Award, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, TIM Division, Winner.
2006 Best Dissertation Award, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, BPS Division, Finalist.
Knowledge Creation and Transfer
Organizational and Individual Learning
Institutional Forces and Social Norms
Creative and Innovative Industries