This year TIM honors Alfonso Gambardella as the 2023 recipient of the Wiley TIM Distinguished Scholar Award.
Alfonso Gambardella, PhD Economics, Stanford University, is Professor of Corporate Management in the Department of Management & Technology of Bocconi University, Milan.
He is known for two main projects. The first one is the rise and growth of markets for technology. Together with Ashish Arora and Andrea Fosfuri, he developed and documented that technologies can be exchanged through the market giving rise to an efficient division of innovative labor among firms specialized upstream and downstream in the innovation value chain. His research on this topic is well represented by his 2001 MIT Press book Markets for Technology, written with his two co-authors.
The second project is that entrepreneurs, and top managers more generally, can make better strategic decisions under uncertainty by developing theories and experiments like scientists. This research, developed with Arnaldo Camuffo and several colleagues, was first published in 2020 in Management Science. Today, it has become more robust thanks to ongoing replications and new studies that have uncovered mechanisms and produced new insights. In 2021 he obtained a prestigious 5-year grant of the European Research Council (ERC) on this topic. A former co-editor (2013-2020) of Strategic Management Journal, he is currently Department Editor of Business Strategy of Management Science. He is also a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, Academia Europea, and the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), London.
He has advised many successful PhD students, and in 2019 was awarded a Honorary Doctorate from the Business School of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Visit his website here.