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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

P.zza Leonardo da Vinci 32 - 20133 - Milano

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Associate Professor, School of Management, Politecnico di Milano.

In person: Office 3.06, Building BL26, Via R. Lambruschini 4b, Milan, ITALY.

Executive teaching: "Economics, firms and competitive systems" and "Entrepreneurship and New Technologies", MBA and Executive MBA programs.

B.E. teaching "Teaching: Economia e Organizzazione Aziendale"



The scientific activity of Evila Piva is mainly in the Industrial Economics and Entrepreneurship fields. So far, her main areas of research have been the following ones:

  • strategic alliances of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures: determinants of alliance formation, governance decisions, and performances;
  • collaborations of entrepreneurial ventures with communities of users and developers (focus: collaborations of software firms with the Open Source community): organization and impact on diversification and firm performance;
  • M&A of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures: organization and innovation performance;
  • academic start-ups: relationships with public research organisations, role of TTOs and incubators; differences between these firms and other high-tech entrepreneurial ventures;
  • high-tech entrepreneurial ventures: determinants of firm creation, financing strategies, modes of growth, and success factors.


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (see CV for full list)

“Sales and Employment Changes in Entrepreneurial Ventures with Family Ownership: Empirical Evidence from High-Tech Industries”, (2014), (with Massimo G. Colombo, Alfredo De Massis, Cristina Rossi-Lamastra, Mike Wright), Journal of Small Business Management, 52(2): 226–245.

“Technology transfer offices as boundary spanners in the pre-spin-off process: The case of a hybrid model”, (2013), (with Annelore Huyghe, Mirjam Knockaert, Mike Wright), Small Business Economics, published on line: DOI 10.1007/s11187-013-9537-1.

Open innovation and within-industry diversification in small and medium enterprises: The case of open source software firms”, (2013), (with Massimo G. Colombo, Cristina Rossi-Lamastra), Research Policy, published on line: DOI 10.1016/j.respol.2013.08.015.

“The sensitivity of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures’ employment to a sales contraction in a negative growth scenario: The moderating role of venture capital financing”, (2014), (with Massimo G. Colombo, Cristina Rossi-Lamastra), Managerial and Decision Economics, 35(2): 73-87.

“Systems of indicators to evaluate the performance of university-industry alliances: a review of the literature and directions for future research” (2013), (with Cristina Rossi-Lamastra), Measuring Business Excellence, 17(3): 40-54.

“Family firms and internationalization: An exploratory study on high-tech entrepreneurial ventures”, (2013), (with Cristina Rossi-Lamastra, Alfredo De Massis), Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 11(2): 108-129.

“Authorizing employees to collaborate with communities during working hours: when is it valuable for firms?”, (2013), (with Massimo G. Colombo, Cristina Rossi-Lamastra), Long Range Planning, 46:236-257.

“The license choices of SMEs doing business with Open Source software: Empirical evidence on Italian firms”, (2012), (with Cristina Rossi-Lamastra), International Journal of Open Source Software and Processes, 4(1): 20-36.

“Does free/open source software enable new forms of entrepreneurship? An analysis of the start-ups created to exploit the business opportunities stemming from free/open source software”, (2012), (with Cristina Rossi-Lamastra), International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 16(3-4): 173-190.

“The effects of incubation on academic and non-academic high-tech start-ups: Evidence from Italy”, (2012), (with Massimo G. Colombo, Francesco Rentocchini), Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 21(5-6): 505-527.

“Is Open Source software about innovation? Collaborations with the Open Source community and innovation performance of software entrepreneurial ventures”, (2012), (with Francesco Rentocchini, Cristina Rossi-Lamastra), Journal of Small Business Management, 50(2): 340-364.

“Firms’ genetic characteristics and competence-enlarging strategies: A comparison between academic and non-academic high-tech start-ups”, (2012), (with Massimo G. Colombo), Research Policy, 41(1): 79-92.

“The creation of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures at the local level: The role of local competences and communication infrastructures”, (2011), (with Luca Grilli, Cristina Rossi Lamastra), Industry & Innovation, 18(6): 563-580.

“Firm dissolution in high-tech sectors: An analysis of closure and M&A”, (2010), (with Luca Grilli, Cristina Rossi Lamastra), Economic Letters, 109(1), pp. 14-16.

“The contribution of university research to the growth of academic start-ups: an empirical analysis”, (2010), (with Massimo G. Colombo, Diego D’Adda), Journal of Technology Transfer, 35(1), pp. 113-140.

“Effects of international R&D alliances on performance of high-tech start-ups: a longitudinal analysis”, (2009), (with Massimo G. Colombo, Luca Grilli, Samuele Murtinu, Lucia Piscitello), Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 3(4), pp. 346–368.

“Academic entrepreneurship and business schools”, (2009), (with Mike Wright, Simon Mosey, Andy Lockett), Journal of Technology Transfer, 34(6), pp. 560-587.

“Strengths and weaknesses of academic startups: A conceptual model”, (with Massimo G. Colombo), (2008), IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 55(1), pp. 37-49.

“In search of complementary assets: The determinants of alliance formation of high-tech start-ups”, (2006), (with Massimo G. Colombo, Luca Grilli), Research Policy, 35(8), pp. 1166-1199.

“Conceptualising the heterogeneity of research-based spin-offs: a multi-dimensional taxonomy”, (2006), (with Philippe Mustar, Marie Renault, Massimo G. Colombo, Margarida Fontes, Andy Lockett, Mike Wright, Bart Clarysse, Natalie Moray), Research Policy, 35(2), pp. 289-308.

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