Enrico Cagno

Enrico Cagno
Politecnico di Milano | Polimi · Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering DIG

PhD in Production Systems and Industrial Plants

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December 2014 - present
Politecnico di Milano
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March 2007 - November 2014
Politecnico di Milano
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Publications (387)
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Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) are key players in the provision of energy services, hence they are considered strategic means to foster energy efficiency across countries. Nonetheless, despite the undergoing radical transformation within the ESCOs industry - especially the increasing tendency to bundle services, recent research capable to capture...
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Water reuse technologies may alleviate the water scarcity problems that affect many world regions, but their adoption is still limited. In particular, key actors in the adoption of water reuse technologies are water utilities, that provide both urban water and wastewater treatment services. Water utilities are embedded in the urban water system, wh...
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Safety and operations are pivotal areas of industrial sustainability, often considered in a trade-off. Although focusing both on the workplace, safety and operations are still mainly tackled individually, without exploiting or even recognizing the mutual interdependencies between them. The literature nonetheless started addressing the safety outcom...
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Sewage sludge management is a pivotal process in the path toward sustainability, broadening the scope of wastewater treatment from removing pollutants to recycle and recover resources. Water utilities can choose among several management options and treatment technologies. The paper focuses on the possible influence of civil society stakeholders on...
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This study examines determinants of adoption of energy-efficiency measures (EEMs) in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector, where the energy-efficiency gap is more likely to persist according to findings in previous literature. By simultaneously examining the relevance of multiple groups of perceived barriers and dri...
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The circular economy is a central and increasingly important topic within managerial and academic discourse. Although the circular economy could bring benefits to their performance, manufacturing firms still struggle with its adoption. As an effective adoption should pass for adequate performance measurement, the present study performs a systematic...
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As industrial sustainability measures and interventions play a central role in enhancing the sustainability performance in industrial firms, it is of great importance to properly understand the factors that might influence the decision-making process leading to their adoption, namely barriers and drivers. However, there is scarce empirical literatu...
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Energy efficiency measures in electric motor systems are scarcely implemented and previous literature has largely overlooked the characterizing factors responsible for their adoption in industrial operations. The present study, after a comprehensive literature review, aims at supporting research by offering a framework for the identification of the...
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Industrial wastewater treatment is gaining significance in literature due to stricter environmental policies and increased environmental awareness. The selection of the wastewater configuration encompasses both the treatment as well as several decisions around wastewater collection and disposal pertaining industrial decision-making sphere. However,...
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The enabling role of Digital Technologies towards the Circular Economy transition has been recognized. Nonetheless, to support the transition, the operationalization of the discourse is still needed. The present study performs a systematic literature review, deepening the knowledge on the role of Digital Technologies in operationalizing the Circula...
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Sustainability has emerged as an important industrial strategic outlook expanding beyond organizational boundaries to include the supply chain. Simultaneously, the industry has also been faced with supply chain resilience concerns. Research on the intersection of supply chain sustainability and resilience is nascent and is a consequence of their ob...
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The measurement of sustainability within industrial supply chains is becoming increasingly relevant, with both industry and academia calling for the development of a general and manageable set of key performance indicators (KPIs). With more than 2,000 performance measures already identified by the previous literature, the real challenge lays in the...
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The lack of information concerning industrial energy efficiency measures represents a critical obstacle towards their adoption, which may be further exacerbated by the presence of additional barriers of an economic nature. The evaluation of energy efficiency measures should therefore be expanded with respect to the techno-economic analysis of energ...
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Suppliers in the Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) projects environment are often qualified based on their annual turnover, and as a result a relatively large number of small suppliers get excluded at a preliminary stage from the approved vendors’ list of EPC contractors. To facilitate an inclusive evaluation of a wide range of capabilitie...
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Literature has largely investigated barriers to energy efficiency in industrial firms. Recently, research is looking at the non-energy benefits accompanying the adoption of energy efficiency measures that may contribute to overcoming these barriers. In our study we take an innovative perspective by specifically exploring the relationships between e...
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The costs related to occupational safety or, more precisely, non-safety aspects in the industry represent a moral and economic burden for individuals, employers and governments. Despite the importance of these costs, firms rarely recognize the real cost of non-safety and the opportunity to invest in improving their safety management system. The tim...
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Understanding the factors driving the implementation of energy efficiency measures in compressed air systems is crucial to improve industrial energy efficiency, given their low imple-mentation rate. Starting from a thorough review of the literature, it is thus clear the need to support companies in the decision-making process by offering an innovat...
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Energy efficiency is a key driver to decarbonize industry, improving its sustainability and competitiveness. Nevertheless, the adoption of well-known energy efficiency measures (EEMs) is in many cases hindered by the lack of information about them. Unfortunately, EEMs are usually assessed with a simplistic energy and cost effectiveness analysis, ne...
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The growing level of attention toward global warming, reduction of non-renewable resources and pollution calls manufacturing firms to implement sustainable, and specifically green initiatives into their supply chains (Green Supply Chain Management, GSCM). So far, too little studies have provided clear empirical evidence on the actual impact of thes...
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Electric motor systems (EMS) cover a remarkable share of industrial power consumption. Despite the wide set of apparently cost-effective opportunities to improve energy efficiency in this cross-cutting technology, often decision-makers do not take them, as the detail for a specific decision can be too high, resulting in an implementation rate quite...
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The present research investigates the relevance of the relational view enablers and barriers in temporal supply chain contexts. Applying a multiple case study approach situated in industrial projects environment in Italy, this paper develops a relational framework for supplier horizontal collaboration. The findings reveal that, in temporal contexts...
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Measuring industrial sustainability performance in manufacturing firms is still a major challenge for both policy and industrial decision makers, with many firms, particularly small and medium enterprises, struggling to properly engage with them. Hence, to understand the level of adoption of industrial sustainability indicators and the issues preve...
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Improved sustainability of industrial activities and measurement of its performance are becoming prime topics of discussion among policy-makers and industrial decision-makers. The current literature proposes a number of performance measurement systems and related indicators, but mainly lacks a real capability to address all sustainability pillars a...
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There is growing interest worldwide in more effective policies to promote industrial energy efficiency and mitigate climate change. The White Certificates Scheme is a market-based mechanism aimed at stimulating the adoption of Energy Efficiency Measures. The Italian White Certificates scheme - one of the most long-standing and articulated - is a su...
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Background: A multitude of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) interventions have proven to be effective under controlled conditions, but their implementation in practice is often difficult and interventions may therefore not work as expected, especially when referring to Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). Methods: In order to solve this c...
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Industrial energy efficiency is crucial for energy cost saving and sustainable competitiveness, but its potential is not exploited due to several barriers. Previous literature has pointed out that, among the most effective means, energy management in industrial companies could bring a valuable contribution. Therefore, it is crucial to assess and ev...
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Electric motor systems (EMS) play the lion’s share in industrial power consumption. Many opportunities for energy efficiency - most of which apparently cost-effective - can be found, but often decision-makers do not take them as the detail for a specific decision can be too high. In many cases, information regarding the characteristics of such ener...
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Electric motor systems account for a remarkable share of total industrial power consumption (even more than 70% in some countries). Despite the wide set of effective opportunities to improve energy efficiency in this cross-cutting technology, the implementation rate is still quite low. Among the barriers affecting the adoption of such measures - id...
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Industrial energy efficiency has been widely recognized as a major contributor to the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions and improvement of industrial competitiveness. Nevertheless, a broad set of studies have pointed out the existence of barriers limiting the adoption of promising Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs). Recently, scholars have sho...
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With regard to increased sustainability, managers not only need to know WHAT is needed for their company to improve, but also HOW to do so in detail is equally important. Energy management (EnM) is a pillar to the transformation of industrial energy systems towards enhanced energy efficiency and increased sustainability. One way to develop more and...
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Wastewater utilities are pivotal players in the path toward sustainability. In order to understand why they may prioritize the adoption of a given innovative solution, the paper focuses on two factors, i.e. regulatory obligations and pressures for change coming from civil society. Two cases are studied to compare the community's concerns about the...
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Many Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) interventions have proven to be effective only under controlled conditions; during the implementation in practice, the interventions may not work as expected, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are affected by different contextual factors than larger enterprises and these factors...
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The industry should take further efforts towards increased energy efficiency, that is a major contributor to improve industrial sustainability performance, by implementing energy efficiency measures (EEMs). However, the rate of adoption of these measures is still quite low. Hitherto, EEMs and barriers to their adoption have been evaluated almost ex...
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Sustainability's relevance is constantly increasing among industrial decision makers, policy-makers and scholars. To improve sustainability performance, firms must adopt industrial sustainability measures. These have been proven to positively impact on overall firm's performance, but their rate of adoption is still low, and barriers to their adopti...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyze a set of smart meters implementation projects and provide insights and recommendations to facilitate smart metering deployment strategies. Design/methodology/approach Several significant projects are analyzed on different fronts: scale, technology, economics and regulation, using a common methodology...
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To pursue eco-efficiency, one of the most important principles is the sustainable use of resources. The challenge in resource use improvement lies in a clear assessment of resource utilization. However, this evaluation is currently performed within the scope of a company and such an approach is not sustainable anymore in a world with increasingly c...
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Sustainability is constantly gaining relevance among industrial decision makers, policy makers and scholars. In order to be sustainable, firms need to implement industrial sustainability measures, however there are many barriers to doing this. This work is based on a review of literature on barriers to the areas of occupational health and safety, e...
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Prior research highlights how successful collaborative initiatives between supply chains members could lead to sustained differentiated performance. However, inter-organisational collaboration often fails due to misalignment of incentives and strategies. Whilst management research tackles this issue in the Relational View theoretical perspective, h...
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Industrial activities are responsible for a significant share of both global delivered energy demand and CO2 emissions. Hence, a widespread adoption of energy-efficient technologies and practices represents a crucial means for sustainable production. Adopting a novel framework of drivers for energy efficiency describing the effect of drivers on bar...
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Industrial activities are responsible for a significant share of both global delivered energy demand and CO2 emissions. Hence, a widespread adoption of energy-efficient technologies and practices represents a crucial means for sustainable production. Adopting a novel framework of drivers for energy efficiency describing the effect of drivers on bar...
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The management of supply chains is shifting from transactional to relational. A longer-term perspective, therefore, might be better suited to investigate a supply chain’s inter-organisational relationships. However, little is known on the appropriateness of applying the relational perspective in the context of supply chains with temporal nature. Th...
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Industrial energy efficiency represents a priority for European industrial competitiveness. Many studies offer contributions providing evidence of the existence of driving forces supporting the adoption of energy efficiency measures, but a structured approach to drivers for industrial energy efficiency is still lacking. Therefore, in the present st...
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Within engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies operating large engineering projects by means of their supply chains, procurement plays a key role in project execution. During project execution, deviations from desired performance in terms of time, cost and quality take place. Procurement can contribute considerably to such deviati...
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There is a growing body of research investigating how supply chain management practices could be employed for achieving a greater performance. Noticeably, in the empirical world there is a trend of shifting from creating supply chains then measuring their performance, to pre-customising the configurations of supply chains so as to be performance-dr...
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This study addresses the challenge of achieving, as well as maintaining, a competitive position within the Oil & Gas EPC supply chain. The paper provides an overview of the adopted supply chain configuration practices as depicted from conducting interviews with 14 suppliers of engineered valves, who are listed as “Best Performers” by ANIMP (Associa...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the influence that adopting open innovation (OI) has on the innovativeness and performance of specialized small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This paper also examines the adoption of OI within a firm’s practices and models, and within the three dimensions of firm sustainability. Design/methodo...
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The debate concerning occupational safety and health (OSH) interventions has recently focused on the need of improving the evaluation of interventions, and in particular on the need of providing information about why the intervention worked or not, under what circumstances, and in which context. Key concepts in the analysis of the context are the d...
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Industrial Energy Management Gap Analysis
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Researchers have shown the advantages of adopting Open Innovation (OI) practices in different settings. However, findings seem less consistent in SMEs where adopting more open approaches could seem as a latent risk to lose the firm´s specialized resources and hinder the firm performance. This paper challenges this perception and explores the influe...
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Energy efficiency is a crucial issue for increased industrial sustainability and competitiveness. In the present study we have conducted an investigation about the diffusion of energy efficiency measures within motor systems, which are responsible of about 74% of all industrial consumption of electric energy in Italy. Starting from a selection of n...
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Environmental concerns, stricter legislation and inflated energy costs together yield improved energy efficiency as an important pillar in every industrial sector. Mindful of this challenge, energy management and its related practices are deemed to be one of the major instruments to improve energy efficiency within manufacturing companies. Despite...
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Researchers have claimed that we are in the era of Open Innovation (OI). This idea is supported with the vast evidence of OI adoption in firms from different industries. One industry in which OI has been gradually adopted by firms as an approach to innovate is the Food and Beverages (F&B) industry. Although several studies have investigated the F&B...
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Number of countries over the past years attempt to develop standards for energy management. Although challenges in national energy management standards are different, the basic structure for almost all of them is Deming cycle and main objective is reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Lower level of agreement in some parameters (such...
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Using innovation such as new technologies, R&D, or new processes can support Energy Efficiency (EE). Building on this idea, this paper seeks to explore whether a novel approach to foster EE in Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) includes improving the overall innovation degree through the adoption of (OI) practices. To do this, a multiple ca...
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Despite the well-known need for increased industrial energy efficiency, several studies indicate that energy efficiency measures are little implemented, especially in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Therefore, to sustain the development of the effective policies, a better understanding of the barriers to be tackled and the drivers to be...