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Dr Francesco Rentocchini PhD

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Dr Francesco Rentocchini is a Visiting Fellow in Strategy and Innovation at the Southampton Business School.

Francesco is a Visiting Fellow. He has an established research record in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. His research interests include innovation in the high-tech industries, academic entrepreneurship, university-industry collaborations and open innovation.

He was previously a Marie Curie Grant Holder with dual appointment at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), research institute based at the Polytechnic of Valencia (Spain) and the department of economics and management of the University of Trento (Italy).

He contributed to several research projects, both at national and international level, and enjoyed research periods abroad in various internationally recognised research centres (e.g. Manchester Institute of Innovation Research in the UK, UNU-MERIT research centre in the Netherlands, INGENIO in Spain).

Francesco holds a doctoral degree from the University of Bologna.

Francesco welcomes PhD applications in the following areas:

Research interests

In his research, Francesco explores how innovation impacts on the economy and society. His current projects investigate the engagement of scientists with industry and the commercialization of science. He is also interested in the theory and empirical analysis of firm level innovation, particularly open innovation and innovation barriers and failure. He further explores how innovation leads to structural change in industries and sectors in terms of the modifications to the skill content of occupations and the reconfiguration of employment structures in industries.

Another area of theoretical and empirical inquiry in which Francesco has been recently active is the emergent green economy. Current work on this is on the role of environmentally friendly technologies on firm level sustainable practices and firm growth.

Professional Memberships and Activities:

Francesco has acted as journal reviewer for the following international academic journals:

  • ABS 4* journals: Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Research Policy
  • ABS 3* journals: R&D Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Long Range Planning, Regional Studies, Small Business Economics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization

Francesco is also a member and reviewer for the following renowned international conferences:

  • TIM and ENT divisions of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting,
  • DRUID Academy Conference,
  • British Academy of Management
  • European Academy of Management

Latest Academic News:

  • Best Paper Award at the 2015 University-Industry Interaction Conference, held in Berlin on 24th-26th June 2015 for the paper on "Star scientists versus interdisciplinary scientists? An inquiry into the antecedents of distinct modes of university-industry interaction"
  • “Outstanding Reviewer Award 2015” from the European Academy of Management Annual Conference (Strategic Management division)

  • Strategic Management, BSc Management
  • Sustainable and Responsible Innovation, MSc Strategy and Innovation
  • Current Trends in Strategy and Innovation Management, MSc Strategy and Innovation
  • Strategic Management, MSc International Management

Current PhD Projects Supervised:

PhD student: AbdulRahman Badwan

Research Title: Students entrepreneurial intentions and the impact of the mentor under different types of entrepreneurship education programs

PhD student: Denis Neiwert

Research Title: Performance gains and associated costs of open innovation in small- and medium-sized retailing companies

PhD student: Alan Ponce

Research Title: Open Data and Entrepreneurship: An Economic Perspective

Dr Francesco Rentocchini
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

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