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Politecnico di Milano

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

P.zza Leonardo da Vinci 32 - 20133 - Milano

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Professore Associato


Associate Professor, School of Management, Politecnico di Milano

Director of the Advanced Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MIP School of Management. 

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

Areas of specialization: science, mobility of the highly-skilled human capital, crowd science, crowdfunding, creativity, IPRs.

Executive and M.S. teaching Forecasting the adoption of radically new products; Intellectual Property Rights; patent intelligence; high-tech start-ups.

B.E. teaching Economia e Organizzazione Aziendale (TEL)


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. Forthcoming. DOI: 10.1111/joms.12279. [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. Forthcoming. 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

- Buttice', 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.  What makes a reward-based crowdfunding project successful? The role of collectivistic and relational identity orientation.

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

- Sauermann, Henry; Shafizadeh, Kourosh and Chiara, Franzoni, Crowdfunding scientific research.


Press coverage of research

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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