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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

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Associate Professor, School of Management

Director of the Executive Master in Business Administration, MIP Business School

Office 3:06, Building BL26, Via R. Lambruschini 4b, Milan, ITALY.



- Economics and managerial issues of crowdfundingEconomics and managerial issues of Open Source software.

- Acquisitions of small high-tech start-ups

- Drivers of local entrepreneurship

- Economics of organizational design, with a focus on both large firms and entrepreneurial ventures

- Entrepreneurial teams and entrepreneurial ventures operating in high-tech industries


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (see CV for full list)

Colombo M.G., Franzoni F., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2014) Internal social capital and the attraction of early contributions in crowdfunding projects. Forthcoming in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Colombo M., De Massis A., Piva E., Rossi-Lamastra C., Wright M. (2014) Sales and employment changes in entrepreneurial ventures with family ownership: empirical evidence from high-tech industries. Journal of Small Business Management, 52(2), 226–245, DOI: 0.1111/jsbm.12100.

Colombo M.G., Piva E., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2014) Contractions in sales and changes in employment during an economic crisis: The moderating role of venture capital financing. Managerial and Decision Economics, 35, 73–87, DOI: 10.1002/mde.2645.

Guerini M., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2014) How university and industry knowledge interact to determine local entrepreneurship. Applied Economics Letters, 21(8), 513–516.

Bonaccorsi A., Colombo M.G., Guerini M., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2014) The impact of local and external university knowledge on the creation of knowledge-intensive firms: evidence from the Italian case. Small Business Economics, published on line, DOI: 10.1007/s11187-013-9536-2.

Giudici G., Guerini M., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2013) Crowdfunding in Italy: State of the art and future prospects. Economia e Politica Industriale, 40 (4): 173-188, ISSN: 03912078.

Bonaccorsi A., Colombo M. G., Guerini M., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2013) University specialization and new firm creation across industries. Small Business Economics, 41(4), 837-863, DOI: 10.1007/s11187-013-9509-5.

Colombo M. G., Piva E., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2013) Open innovation and within-industry diversification in small and medium enterprises: the case of Open Source software firms. Research Policy, published on line, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.08.015

Colombo S., Grilli L., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2013) Network externalities, incumbent’s competitive advantage and the degree of openness of software start-ups. Computational Economics, published on line, DOI: 10.1007/s10614-013-9385-8

Piva E., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2013) Systems of indicators to evaluate the performance of university-industry alliances. Measuring Business Excellence, 17(3), 40-54, DOI: 10.1108/MBE-01-2013-0004

De Massis A., Piva E., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2013) Family firms and internationalization: an exploratory study on high-tech entrepreneurial ventures. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 11, 108–129, DOI: 10.1007/s10843-012-0100-y.

Colombo M.G., Piva E., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2013) Authorizing employees to collaborate with communities during working hours: When is it valuable for firms? Long Range Planning, 46, 236-257, DOI: 10.1016/j.lrp.2012.05.004.

Piva E., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2012) The license choices of SMEs doing business with Open Source Software: Empirical evidence on Italian firms. International Journal of Open Source Software and Processes, 4(1), 20-36, DOI: 10.4018/jossp.2012010102.

Piva E., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2012) 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. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 16(3/4), 173-190, DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2012.051950.

von Krogh, G., Rossi-Lamastra, C., S. Haefliger (2012) Phenomenon-based research in management and organisation science: when is it rigorous and does it matter? Long Range Planning, 45, 277-298: DOI: 10.1016/j.lrp.2012.05.001.

Colombo M.G., Laursen K., Magnusson M., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2012) Small business and networked innovation: organizational and managerial challenges, Journal of Small Business Management, 50(2), 181–190, DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-627X.2012.00349.

Piva E., Rentocchini F., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2012) Is open source software about innovation? collaborations with the open source community and innovation performance of software entrepreneurial ventures. Journal of Small Business Management, 50(2), 340–364, DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-627X.2012.00356.x.

Colombo M.G., Laursen K., Magnusson M., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2011) Organizing inter- and intra-firm networks: what is the impact on innovation performance? Industry and Innovation, 18(6), 531–538. DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2011.601958.

Piva E., Grilli L., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2011) The creation of NTBFs at the local level: the role of local competences and communication infrastructures. Industry and Innovation, 18(6), 563–580, DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2011.591969.

Capra E., Francalanci C., Merlo F., Rossi Lamastra C. (2011) Firms' involvement in Open Source projects: a trade-off between software quality and success. Journal of Systems and Software, 84(1), 144-161, DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2010.09.004.

Grilli L., Piva E., Rossi Lamastra C. (2010) Firm dissolution in high-tech sectors: an analysis of closure and M&A. Economics Letters, 109, 14-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2010.07.006.

Rossi Lamastra C. (2009) Software innovativeness. A comparison between proprietary and Free/Open Source solutions offered by Italian SMEs. R&D Management, 39(2), 153-169. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.2009.00547.x.

Bonaccorsi A., Giannangeli S., Rossi C (2006). Entry strategies under competing standards-hybrid business models in the Open Source software industry. Management Science, 52(7), 1085-1098, DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.1060.0547.

Bonaccorsi A., Piscitello L., Rossi C. (2006) Local disparities in the ICT adoption. Spatial heterogeneity and spatial dependence. Italian Journal of Regional Science, 5(1), 11-29.

Bonaccorsi A., Rossi C (2006). Comparing motivations of individual programmers and firms to take part in the Open Source movement. From community to business. Knowledge, Technology and Policy, 18(4), 40-64.

Bonaccorsi A., Rossi C. (2005). Altruistic individuals, selfish firms? The structure of motivation in Open Source software. First Monday, Peer Reviewed Journal on the Internet, Special Issue 2(3), ISSN: 13960466.

Rossi C., Bonaccorsi A. (2005) Intrinsic vs. extrinsic incentives in profit-oriented firms supplying Open Source products and services. First Monday, Peer Reviewed Journal on the Internet, 10(5), ISSN: 13960466.

Bonaccorsi A., Rossi C. (2003) Why Open Source can succeed. Research Policy, 32(7), 1243-1258, DOI: 10.1016/S0048-7333(03)00051-9.



Franzoni C., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2012) How scientists diversify their research interests: Empirical evidence from a new methodology.

Colombo M.G., Piva E., Quas A., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2013) How are high-tech entrepreneurial ventures coping with the global crisis? 

Piva E., Rossi-Lamastra C. (2014) Entrepreneurial teams’ characteristics and founders’ exit paths: sales of shares to internal vs. external buyers. Inviato a Entrepreneurship Theory and Practise



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