The GOLDEN Team

The GOLDEN Executive Management is in charge of the development and coordination of the research program as well as the definition of the data collection and analysis protocols. It consists of the following individuals:

Maurizio Zollo, Academic Director

Maurizio Zollo

Maurizio Zollo

Bocconi University is represented by Maurizio Zollo, Chaired Professor in Corporate Strategy and Sustainability at the Management and Technology Department. Maurizio is also former President of the European Academy of Management (EURAM)  after having served as editor of the European Management Review, EURAM’s official journal. He helped establish the European Academy of Business in Society and served for a decade on its Executive Committee. He is also a co-founder of the Stakeholder Strategy interest group of the Strategic Management Society and a past member of Executive Committee of the strategy division of the Academy of Management.

Before joining Bocconi University in September 2007, he served for 10 years on the faculty of INSEAD in the strategy department. He holds a Ph.D. degree in management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Maurizio also is a member of the Core Members Group.

Frank Brück, Managing Director

Frank Brück

Frank Brück

Frank Brueck is in charge of the Program Management of GOLDEN. He holds a Master and Doctoral Degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics (WU). Previous positions include Coordinator of the Program on Intercultural Competence and Management at WU Wien. He served for several years as Director of the International Studies Center of WU. He is an experienced trainer, consultant and lecturer in Intercultural Management, Cross-cultural Training and CSR. He is  President of the Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR Austria) and Executive Editor of the European Journal of Cross-cultural Competence and Management (EJCCM).

MANAGEMENT AND RESEARCH TEAM

Angela Sansonetti – Program Manager and Fundraising 

angela-sansonetti

Angela Sansonetti

Ph.D. in Economics and Project Financing she served LUISS University and then LUMSA as Adjunct Professor in Economics and Management of Innovation and Business Organization, Innovation Finance. She holds a masters degree on science in economics from the University of Bologna, Italy. Lead chair on innovation at EURAM, she published several papers on Open Innovation, Hi-tech Spin-offs, Knowledge Transfer, Sharing Economy, Hyper-competition and the monography Financing Spin-offs in Open Environments and Knowledge Transfer in Open Innovation Era. External Expert of the European Commission on Innovation, DG Research. Member of the Board at COMETA Pension Fund, Milan, Italy. Program Manager and R&D Project Manager; Senior Corporate Adviser focused on Corporate Finance Advisory, Bonds Issuing, M&A, Fund-raising with experience as European Projects Designer (funding for more than 25 projects worth over 350 million of Euros), as well as on business planning and projects investments development, and high-tech spin-off creation and financing.

Floriana Mulazzi- Project Manager and Researcher

Floriana Mulazzi

Floriana Mulazzi

Floriana Mulazzi is PhD Candidate in Business and Law at University of Brescia, Italy, specialising her preparation on Corporate Governance and Governance in Not for Profit Organizations. She’s General Secretary of the Comitato Golden, running the management of the fundraising vehicle. After her degree in Marketing at Bocconi University and a MBA in Communication at Politecnico of Milan and before her coming back to her academic studies, she served several years in the marketing function of international companies and consultancy firms and she managed a newly founded research center, developing her ideas and willingness to contribute to the sustainable enterprise debate.

Ilknur MJ. Ni. Tekin – Research Collaborations Lead

MJ. Ni. Ilknur Tekin

MJ. Ni. Ilknur Tekin

MJ is a strategy, technology management and sustainability expert with 10+ years of experience in the industry with Fortune 100 companies and in globally leading academic institutions. She specializes in technology management, corporate green transformation, systems innovation for sustainability and decision sciences. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Management and Technology in Bocconi University, and affiliated with the Department of Engineering and Technology Management in Portland State University (PSU) after having served as a member of the faculty from 2010 to 2016. In 2014, she worked with the Systems Innovation team of NIKE Inc. Sustainable Innovation Group, as Academic Partnerships Manager. MJ has a Ph.D. degree in Technology Management from Portland State University, and holds MBA and MSc degrees. She is the nominee for The National K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award for 2014, the recipient of 2007 Maseeh Fellowship of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at PSU, and various other prestigious awards & recognitions for her scholarly endeavors. She has been affiliated with PICMET since 2007. Her extended research areas include clean-tech strategy, technology roadmapping, and venture capital strategic alignment. She has 9 papers published at international and national conferences and her book: “Green Index: A New Collective Approach to Corporate Sustainability” is forthcoming in 2016.

 

Kerstin Neumann – Research Output Lead

Kerstin Neumann

Kerstin Neumann

Kerstin is a full professor for corporate sustainability at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Before joining Innsbruck in 2017, she was several years (2013-2017) a senior researcher at Bocconi University’s ICRIOS research center. Already in 2010, she joined the GOLDEN program and is since then a core member. She has been co-developing major parts of the program’s research design and instruments as well as engaging in outreaching Golden-related academic activities at our core research conferences. Kerstin holds a doctoral degree and the post-doctoral habilitation from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, where she also served for several years as assistant professor, before she joined Bocconi. She is a member of the Academy of Management (AoM), the Strategic Management Society (SMS), and the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS). Kerstin’s research (and teaching) has been focusing on the intersection of corporate strategy and organization theory. In particular, she studies the strategic decision-making and organizational elements of corporate development activities, such as partnerships and alliances. Most recently, she is extending this line of research in an inter-disciplinary manner on the individual-level of analysis by investigating sustainable and collaborative strategic decision-making of corporate managers within their organizational and institutional boundaries.

Laura Baruffaldi – Research Coordinator

Laura Baruffaldi

Laura Baruffaldi

Laura Baruffaldi is a PhD Candidate in Organizational Behavior at IE Business School, Madrid. Her research interests relate to work-life balance, leadership and motivation. Her thesis focuses on work-family enrichment and how leaders might be able to enrich employees’ family lives. After her degree in Marketing Management at Bocconi University, and before enrolling in the PhD Program, she worked at CROMA Research Center at Bocconi University, within the GOLDEN Project.

 

Vincenzo Vastola

Vincenzo Vastola

Vincenzo Vastola – Research Coordinator

Vincenzo Vastola is a post-doctoral researcher at Bocconi University, Department of Management and Technology. His work aims at connecting mainstream strategy discourse with corporate sustainability. He is interested in understanding how firms use M&A strategies to further develop their sustainability profile, as well as exploring sustainability implications on post-acquisition performance.

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