Elisa Operti
Associate Professor, Management Department

Photo de Elisa Operti
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
General Information Research Areas Publications Teaching Other Activities
Ph.D. in Management, Bocconi University, Milan (IT).

B.A. and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management (magna cum laude),
Polytechnic of Turin, Turin (IT).


Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Lugano (CH).

Research Areas
Technology and Innovation Management; Organizations and Social Networks; Negative ties

Semiconductors; video games

Academic Publications
  "Tough on criminal wealth? Exploring the link between 5 organized crime?s asset confiscation and regional entrepreneurship" (E. Operti), Small Business Economics, Issue Forthcoming
  "The Categorical Imperative And Structural Reproduction: Dynamics Of Technological Entry In The Semiconductor Industry" (G. Carnabuci, E. Operti, B. Kovacs), Organization Science, Issue forthcoming
  "Public Knowledge, Private Gain: The Effect of Spillover Networks on Firms' Innovative Performance" (E. Operti, G. Carnabuci), Journal of Management, Apr 2014, Vol. 40, Issue 4, p. 1042‑1074
  "Where do firms' recombinant capabilities come from? Intra-organizational networks, knowledge, and firms' ability to innovate by technological recombination" (G. Carnabuci, E. Operti), Strategic Management Journal, Issue forthcoming

  Knowledge growth through inter-organizational knowledge recombination: an analysis of the US semiconductor industry between 1976-2002.. In: L'organizzazione fa la differenza. (with G. Carnabuci). : Carocci, A. Comacchio , A. Pontiggia . 2008, p. 259-286
  Value Chain Structure and Correlation Between Design Structure Matrices.. In: Advances in Design (with M. Cantamessa, M. Milanesio). London : Springer-Verlag, H.A ElMaraghy, W.H. ElMaraghy. 2006, p. 303-313

Other Publications
Articles published in conference proceedings
  "Good for one, bad for most? Intrafirm networks and innovation at the inventor and firm level", With G. Carnabuci. In : Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management. : Academy of Management, 2012
  "Investigating the link between R&D organization and firms? recombinant capabilities", With G. Carnabuci. In : Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management. : Academy of Management, 2010
  "Knowledge that flows and knowledge that grows: inventive performance in the semiconductor field", With G. Carnabuci. In : Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management. : Academy of Management, 2008

Teaching at ESSEC

Strategy and Management, Corporate Strategy (MiM, SMIB)

Business and Corporate Strategy (PhD)

Organizations and Social networks (PhD) 

Other Teaching Activities

- Organization and Social Networks, M. Sc. In Management (2nd year), University of Lugano, Instructor (AA 2010-2011).
- Seminars in Networks and Innovation, B.A. in Corporate Communications, IULM University, Milan (IT), Instructor (AA 2009-2010; AA 2010-2011).
- Management of Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights (Module within the course Global market Strategy). M.Sc. in management. University of Lugano, Instructor (AA 2009-2010).
- Introduction to STATA, Ph.D. Course, University of Lugano, Instructor (AA 2008-2009).

Awards and Distinctions

Runner up Academy of Management Best Paper Award - OMT division (with S. Lampronti & S. Sgourev) 2015 (Vancouver, CA)

EGOS Best Paper Award - Social Network Sub-Theme  (with S. Lampronti & S. Sgourev) 2015  (Athens, GR)

ESSEC Foundation Research Award  2014

Academy of Management Best Paper Award - TIM division (with G. Carnabuci) 2012 (Boston, MA)

Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, TIM Division, Academy of Management Meeting, 2008 (Anaheim, CA), 2010 (Montreal), 2012 (Boston, MA), 2015 (Vancouver, CA)

Academy of Management Best Reviewer Award: BPS Division 2009 (Chicago, IL) 2012 (Boston, MA); TIM Division 2008 (Anaheim, CA) 2010 (Montreal), 2011 (San Antonio, TX), 2013 (Orlando, FL), 2014 (Philadelphia, PA)

Feb 2009 – Sep 2011 -Post Doctoral Research Grant, Swiss National Foundation, University of Lugano.

Sep 2005 - Feb 2009 - PhD Fellowship, Bocconi University, Milan (IT)

Jun 2004 - Optime Award (2003) for best 2003 graduates, Polytechnic of Turin (IT). Mar 2003 

Scientific Activities
Conference Presentations
2015 - Strategic Management Society Conference, Denver
2015 - American Sociological Association Conference, Chicago
2015 - EGOS Conference, Athens
2015 - Sunbelt Conference (INSNA), Brighton
2015 - Imperial College Workshop on “Formal and informal Organizational networks”
2014 - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
2013 - Strategic Management Society Conference, Atlanta
2013 - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL
2013 - Strategic Management Society Conference, Prague
2012 - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

Affiliations and Academic Responsibilities

Ad hoc Reviewer for Organization Science, Industrial and Corporate Change, Strategic Management Journal, Industry and Innovation, Organization Studies

Reviewer for Academy of Management Conference, TIM division (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), BPS division (2009, 2010, 2012) and OMT division (2009, 2015)

Reviewer for the Best Dissertation Award (TIM division) 2015

Reviewer for Academy of International Business Conference (2009).


Consulting & Other Activities



2013-11 ESSEC Knowledge “What really drives the ability to innovate?”

2015-8  La Nazione “Il Palio come ‘conflitto regolato’: ricercatori studiano il caso Siena”

2015-10 Presentation of my research to video game industry leaders, publishers and developers during the Games Week in Milan (“Video games tra dimensione artistica e mercato: una ricerca internazionale”)


Professional Experience
Feb 2004 – Aug 2005 - Business Analyst (Technology and Operation Management), JPMorgan Chase & Co., London (UK).


Useful Links

ESSEC Business School
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95021 Cergy Pontoise Cedex

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