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Andrea Piccaluga is the Director of the Institute of Management at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna since 2018. He is professor of Innovation Management and delegate for internationalization at Netval, the Italian network of University Technology Transfer Offices, in which he has been vice-president from 2020 to 2022, after being president from 2014 to 2019. He holds a PhD from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and a Master in Technology and Innovation Management from SPRU (University of Sussex, Brighton). He is Associate editor of the R&D Management Journal and Head of the International R&D Management Conference. He collaborates with large and medium-sized companies (Knauf, Loccioni, Venture Factory, Enel, Edra, BB, Gruppo Lupi, etc.) in the field of Open Innovation, with JRC, The Italian Patent Office and European Patent Office in the field of policies for entrepreneurship and technology transfer. He also collaborates with Caritas Italiana and Progetto Policoro in teh filed of the impact of purpose-based organizations. He is member of the board of Fondazione Casa Cardinale Maffi and of the Italian Academy of Management (SIMA). He has published books and papers in the field of R&D management and technology transfer. He has recently written "La Buona Impresa" (Edizioni Sole 24Ore), together with Valentina Cucino and Alberto Di Minin, “Sorella Economia” (Edizioni Porziuncola), together with Marco Asselle and has co-edited “Il libro degli opposti” (Egea). He has been part of two EC Expert Groups which have published two report: “Knowledge Transfer Metrics. Towards a European-wide set of harmonised indicators” and “Knowledge Transfer Metrics - Exploration of composite indicators for knowledge transfer”. In 2019 he co-edited a Special Issue of the Journal of Technology Transfer on "Italian Universities and Technology Transfer: A Reevaluation” and in 2020 a Special Issue of the R&D Management Journal on "Providing solutions in emergencies: R&D and innovation management during Covid-19”. 



Andrea Piccaluga is currently active in the following research fields:

Open Innovation and R&D Management. In this research field the focus is about how firms of different sizes manage their innovation process through R&D activities and open innovation tools.

The valorisation of research results from public research. This is perhaps the most consolidated field of research and it regards how universities and other Public Research Organisations manage their research results in order to generate impact on society. Emphasis is given to the role of university technology transfer offices and IP management.

High-tech entrepreneurship and university spin-off companies. In this research area the object of study is represented by new start-up companies, their success factors and the motivations of academic entrepreneurs.CORSI 

Purpose-based organisations and franciscan economy. The focus of this research area is about those firms which choose to be purpose-based and to interpret capitalism in a new, more people-centred way. This area is also influenced by the contribution of the franciscan tradition in the field of economics and by integral ecology, as a new paradigm proposed by Pope Francis. This area also includes new ways of describing/measuring the impact of purpose-based organisations and the role played by innovative start-ups aiming at solving societal problems.



Courses taught at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna:

- Innovation Policies in Israel
- Open Innovation and R&D Management
- Innovative Entrepreneurship
- High-tech Entrepreneurship
- Management of Innovation and common good

Other lectures and short courses:

- Management of spin-off companies (Master KEI – Università di Bologna and Netval)
- Third mission of universities (Crui, Netval, Codau, various universities)
- Open Innovation and entrepreneurship (Master Scalability, Università di Pisa and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)
- Business model innovation (Master Big Data, Università di Pisa)
- Management of Innovation and common good (Istituto Universitario Sophia, Università di Camerino)