Paolo Aversa is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategy at Cass Business School, visiting Professor at the University of Trento (Italy). He is also Fellow of the Center for Automotive and Mobility Innovation (CAMI) at University Ca' Foscari in Venice (Italy), and Research Fellow at the Center for Sport and Business at the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden). At Cass he teaches at the Full Time MBA, the Executive MBA in Dubai, the MSc in Management, the MSc in Actuarial Management, the PhD in Management, and he collaborates with Cass Executive Education. He is also the Course Director of the Full Time MBA. Paolo originally joined Cass thanks to a IEF Marie Curie Fellowship (2012-2014).
Before joining Cass, Paolo worked as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Management Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he also held a visiting scholar position at the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Center. He received his Ph.D. in management at the University of Bologna, his MBA degree at Fondazione CUOA (Vicenza) and his Executive HR Management Master at HKE (Milan). He got his B.A. and M.A. in Communication at the University of Padova, both magna cum laude.
His general research interests are related to determinants of performance in technology-based settings characterised by fierce competition and changing environments. He investigated the interplay of innovation, business models, and alliances on firm performance. He is considered one of the leading academic experts in the motorsport industry and his empirical fields of research are often based on Formula 1, motorcycles, and automotive. His recent academic works are published in Organization Science, Industrial and Corporate Change, Advances in Strategic Management, Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review, among others. He is Director of Communications and part of the Officer Board of the Strategic Management "STR" Division (formerly known as BPS), of the Academy of Management. He has served as ad-hoc reviewer for most top journals in the field of management and strategy.
His research featured around 300 times around the world in international media, including in the Financial Times, New York Times, BBC, Sky, Forbes, Reuters, Sunday Times, The Times, The Telegraph, The National, ESPN, City AM and the Sydney Morning Herald, and in most sport-related outlets. In 2014 he was selected as runner-up for the prestigious ‘“EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Communicating Science Prize” which shortlists the 10 Marie-Curie funded scientific projects that excelled in the outreach to the general public, had the widest coverage in mainstream media, and displayed the most innovative approach to dissemination. Out of the 10 finalists he was the only one from social science.
In 2017 he was finalist for the City President's Award in the category "Outstanding Research Engagment - Media and Outreach". In 2015 he won the First Prize for the SIIE-EBS Best-Paper-Award "Innovation Management" for his work published in Organization Science. Also in 2015, he was finalist for City Research competition and nominated among the "Marie-Curie Fellows of the Week". He was awarded for 7 times the Best Reviewer Award of Academy of Management (4 times in the Technology and Innovation Division and 3 times in the Business Policy and Strategy Division). In 2011 Paolo received the Best Doctoral Paper Award of the European Academy of Management (EURAM). In 2009 he led the University of Padova racing team to winning the business plan competition at the Formula SAE Germany.
He collaborates with several universities and he often presents his works and industry analyses in international conferences, firms, and institutions. He works and consults for companies within and outside the racetrack.
French, German, Italian and Spanish; Castilian.
Formula 1 is an industry worthy of study in and of itself. F1 is-in fact-the most watched annual sporting series in the world, with more than 525 million people watching over the course of the season. It has an estimate turnover of more than US$4 billion; employs around 50,000 people in more than 30 countries; and embodies the cutting edge of technology in the automotive industry. What is more, the technologies developed for F1 racing are relevant to many other industries far removed from the racetrack. Innovations by leading teams such as Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull, Williams among others have made their way not only into the regular road car industry (e.g. ABS breaks, aerodynamics, finger-controlled gear shift systems, etc.), but also bicycling (e.g. Ultra-light carbon-fiber composites), the tracking of people in factory shop-floors, hospitals, or sports training for the Olympics (e.g., advanced telemetry systems), advanced engineering (e.g., virtual design and simulators), and even public transportation systems (e.g., flywheel energy storage mechanisms).
Aversa, P., Haefliger, S. and Reza, D.G. (2017). Building a winning business model portfolio. MIT Sloan Management Review, 58(4), pp. 49–54.
Aversa, P. and Berinato, S. (2017). Sometimes, Less Innovation is Better. Harvard Business Review, 95(3), pp. 38–39. [publisher’s website]
Aversa, P., Furnari, S. and Haefliger, S. (2015). Business model configurations and performance: A qualitative comparative analysis in Formula One racing, 2005-2013. Industrial and Corporate Change, 24(3), pp. 655–676. doi:10.1093/icc/dtv012.
Marino, A., Aversa, P., Mesquita, L. and Anand, J. (2015). Driving performance via exploration in changing environments: Evidence from formula one racing. Organization Science, 26(4), pp. 1079–1100. doi:10.1287/orsc.2015.0984.
Aversa, P., Haefliger, S., Rossi, A. and Baden-Fuller, C. (2015). From business model to business modelling: Modularity and manipulation. Advances in Strategic Management, 33, pp. 151–185. doi:10.1108/S0742-332220150000033022
Aversa, P. (2013). Toward a Peripheral View of Manufacturing Networks. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-3-659-44593-4.
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