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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

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Associate Professor, School of Management, Politecnico di Milano

Director of the Advanced Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MIP-Politecnico di Milano, Graduate School of Business. 

In person: Office 3.14, Building BL26, Via R. Lambruschini 4b, Milan, ITALY.

Areas of specialization: Economics of Science, Mobility of the highly-skilled human capital, Crowd science, Crowdfunding, Creativity, IPRs.

Executive and Master teaching Markets and Technologies of the Future; Forecasting the adoption of radically new products; Intellectual Property Rights; Patent intelligence.

M. S. teaching Economics of Network Industries (Management Engineering)

B. E. teaching Economia e Organizzazione Aziendale (Electronic and Automation Engineering)


Current Projects

Crowd Science (with H. Sauermann). Crowd and citizens science are new ways to organize scientific projects that makes use of volunteers (citizen scientists, gamers, hobbyists) and discloses logs and intermediate knowledge. In a recent paper we defined and analyzed Crowd Science. In a follow-up study just published in PNAS we analyzed the patterns of participation to a set of projects, with a focus on assessing their monetary value and discussing distribution of effort and dropout. Several results would be applicable more generally to all kinds of crowd interactions, beyond the realm of science.

Crowdfunding . In a work published in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (with C. Rossi-Lamastra and M.G. Colombo) we find evidence that the social capital that proponents build internally to the crowdfunding community is critical for raising interest during the early days of a funding campaign, and for leveraging capital later on. A related finding shows that the reward types that allow a donor to be part of the developer community turn-out to be more useful than any other type of reward. Ongoing projects on crowdfunding are looking at the role of status and celebrity in crowdfunding, at the response to emotional stances and at the relational or collectivistic orientation of projects.

Global Science (GlobSci) (with G. Scellato and P. Stephan). We have accomplished and analyzed a large data collection (19 thousand responses) from scientists in 16 countries and 4 fields of science. Statistics on the international composition of the workforce in the 16 countries were published in Nature Biotechnology. In a second paper appeared in Economic Letters, we showed evidence that the foreign-born perform at a higher level compared to the domestic scientists and the performance differential is robust to instrumenting for selection into migration (by means of migration in childhood). In a paper recently published in Research Policy we found that mobile scientists are more inclined to establish international networks. A sizable share of foreign born collaborate with researchers located in their country of origin and migrants are also likely to collaborate with individuals from their home country who are working or studying in a third country (diaspora effect). Evidence on the competition of countries to attract international PhD and post-doc students has been analyzed in recent article. A final article studied the implications of the ethnic composition of research teams on scientific performance. The complete database is free and openly accessible at:


Selected publications    [full publication list]

- Franzoni, Chiara; Scellato, Giuseppe; and Paula, Stephan. Context Factors and the Performance of Mobile Individuals in Research Teams. Journal of Management Studies. 55(1): 27-59, 2018. [paper]

- Mohammadi, Ali; Broström, Anders; and Chiara, Franzoni. Workforce Composition and Innovation: How Diversity in Employees’ Ethnic and Educational Backgrounds Facilitates Firm-Level Innovativeness. Journal of Product Innovation Management. 34(4): 406–426, 2017. [paper]

- Franzoni, Chiara; and Cristina, Rossi-Lamastra. Academic tenure, risk-taking and the diversification of scientific research. Industry & Innovation. 24(7): 691-712, 2017. [paper]

- Sauermann, Henry; and Chiara, Franzoni. Crowd Science User Contribution Patterns And Their Implications. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 112(3):679-684, 2015. [paper].

- Colombo, Massimo G.; Franzoni, Chiara; and Cristina, Rossi-Lamastra. Internal Social Capital and the Attraction of Early Contributions in Crowdfunding. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, January 2015, 39(1):75-100. [paper]

- Scellato, Giuseppe; Franzoni, Chiara; and Paula, Staphan. Migrant Scientists and International Networks. Research Policy, 2015, 44(1):108-120. [paper]

- Franzoni, Chiara; Scellato, Giuseppe; and Paula, Stephan. The Mover's Advantage: The Superior Performance of Migrant Scientists. Economics Letters, 122:89–93, 2014. [paper]

- Franzoni, Chiara; and Henry, Sauermann. Crowd Science: The Organization of Scientific Research in Open Collaborative Projects. Research Policy, 43(1):1-20, 2014. [paper open access]

- Forti, Enrico; Franzoni, Chiara; and Maurizio, Sobrero. Bridges or Isolates? Investigating Social Networks of Academic Inventors. Research Policy, 42(8):1378-1388, 2013. [paper]

- Franzoni, Chiara; Scellato, Giuseppe; and Paula, Stephan. Foreign Born Scientists:  Mobility Patterns for Sixteen Countries. Nature Biotechnology, 30(12):1250-1253, 2012. [paper]  

- Franzoni, Chiara; Scellato, Giuseppe; and Paula, Stephan. Changing Incentives to Publish. Science, August 5 2011, 333, 702. [publisher] [article reprint]

- Franzoni, Chiara; and Giuseppe, Scellato. The grace period in international patent law and its effects on the timing of disclosure. Research Policy, 39:200-213, 2010. [paper]

- Franzoni, Chiara. Do Scientists Get Fundamental Research Ideas by Solving Practical Problems?, Industrial and Corporate Change, 18:671-699, 2009. Emerald Citation of Excellence 2009. [preprint]

- Calderini, Mario; Franzoni, Chiara; and Andrea, Vezzulli. If Star Scientists Do Not Patent. The Effect of Productivity, Basicness and Impact on the Decision to Patent in the Academic World, Research Policy, 36(3):303-319, 2007. [paper]


Short articles

- Scellato, Giuseppe; Franzoni, Chiara; and Paula, Stephan. A mobility boost for research. Science. 356(6339), 694. May 19, 2017 [short article]

- Colombo, Massimo G.; Franzoni Chiara; and Cristina, Rossi-Lamastra. Cash From the Crowd. Science. June 12, 2015, 348(6240): 1201. [short article]


Working papers

- Sauermann, Henry; Chiara, Franzoni; and Shafi, Kourosh Crowdfunding scientific researchNBER working paper 24402.

- Butticè, Vincenzo; Franzoni, Chiara; Lorenzen, Mark; and Cristina, Rossi-Lamastra. How Entrepreneurs Accumulate Social Capital: Evidence from the High-End Fashion Industry.

- Tenca, Francesca; and Chiara, Franzoni. Entrepreneurial passion and the acquisition of financial resources in Crowdfunding.

- Defazio, Daniela; Franzoni, Chiara; and Cristina, Rossi-Lamastra.  The effect of collectivistic framing on crowdfunding success.

- Butticè, Vincenzo; Colombo, Massimo G; Franzoni, Chiara; and Cristina, Rossi-Lamastra. The Birdman Effect: High Status Backfire with Heterogeneous Audiences


Press coverage of research

The Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2018

Journalist's Resource, April 25, 2018

Science, March 26, 2018

Folha de S. Paulo, May 19, 2017

Science, February 20, 2015

Symmetry, February 19, 2015

Nature jobs, December 4, 2013

Courrier International (Le Monde), April 22, 2013

Die Zeit, April 18, 2013

Corriere della Sera, October 28, 2012

Nature, October 18, 2012

IEEE Spectrum, September 22, 2012

Times Higher Education, May 24, 2012

Inside Higher Education, May 15, 2012



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