Francesco Appio

Francesco Appio
SKEMA Business School · PRISM

PhD in Management

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-Smart Cities -Digital Transformation -Technological Innovation -Breakthrough discoveries -Bibliometrics
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June 2019 - present
SKEMA Business School
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
October 2018 - October 2018
Università commerciale Luigi Bocconi
Position
  • Researcher
March 2016 - May 2019
Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (76)
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Although patent assets have become increasingly valuable in recent years, companies are still facing rising patent litigation costs. Drawing on a large sample of European patents, we studied how companies fine-tuned the endogenous characteristics of their patents to pursue an optimal patent design. According to the study's findings, companies can a...
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The development of unconventional forms of innovation relies on information and knowledge exchange and their subsequent integration. However, deceptive knowledge hiding (KH) stifles creativity and hinders the growth of innovative skills and corporate performance. This paper uses a cognitive collective engagement approach and an unconventional manag...
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The inherent uncertainty of the innovation process, along with the fast-changing world of technology, presents significant difficulties to modern companies. As a result, product managers and engineers are under growing pressure to come up with better, more effective, more inventive solutions faster. Science fiction is one of the various approaches...
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This paper looks at the YouTube platform and its ecosystem of content creators. The aim is threefold: (1) investigating how the relationship between a content creator and the surrounding ecosystem of services evolves as the content creator grows on the platform; (2) understanding how policies and control from YouTube affect content creators; (3) un...
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The increasing complexity of business contexts, alongside the need for organizations to improve their capabilities and remain competitive on the market, make understanding strategic decision-making processes cornerstone for contemporary organizations. By gaining insights from top- and middle-level managers working in MNCs’ subsidiaries operating in...
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Management and organizational scholars have paid increasing attention to the interconnections between digital transformation and innovation management in the last decade. However, a highly fragmented understanding of this topic is what we are left with so far. In this editorial, we suggest an approach to open up the black box of the interplay betwe...
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This present editorial illustrates the recent evolution of strategy, organization and entrepreneurship in smart city. Referring to strategy, integrated smart city strategies aim to connect the physical space of cities with the economic and social sphere – a connection that although clearly existing, has always been troublesome for scientists and po...
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This Special Issue begins with a middle-range theory of sustainable smart city transitions, which forms bridges between theorizing in smart city development studies and some of the foundational assumptions underpinning transition management and system innovation research, human geography, spatial planning, and critical urban scholarship. This inter...
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The technological revolution brought about from the digital transformation is dramatically reshaping how firms co-create value in B2B industrial markets. Among the many forms digital technologies can take, artificial intelligence is having the strongest pervasive impact. Relying upon empirical evidence stemming from a case study in the healthcare i...
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The unprecedented global environmental crisis we are facing nowadays is pushing the economic actors to rethink their approach to sustainable development. As a consequence, firms are increasingly adopting and implementing eco-innovations in their processes in order to improve the management of scarce natural resources. This paper describes a method...
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Crowdfunding is an alternative way to seek capital for new projects. However, it can also be a danger for entrepreneurs facing the post-campaign phase delays in the delivery of the promised rewards. Crowdfunding campaigns require months of preparation and meeting delivery deadlines seems to be a real problem. With this study, we try to explain why...
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The present paper aims at understanding whether and under which circumstances leveraging scientific knowledge helps teams to develop technologies that can be applied to diverse domains (i.e. more general-purpose technologies). Specifically, the relationship between the presence of scientists within inventing teams and the generality of the technolo...
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Literature investigating social media-based innovation has grown considerably in the last years, making a timely review. Accordingly, we systematically review studies of the so-called “latency phase” (2003-2013) outlining a framework based on two main actors – innovation seeker and innovation provider – and three main questions – why (determinants)...
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The paper investigates the emerging practice of social crowdfunding. It focuses on both the role played by crowdfunding platforms and the activities that these platforms perform in enhancing and facilitating the diffusion of social and cultural projects through donations. Crowdfunding platforms empower the financing of projects by soliciting small...
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Smart Cities initiatives are spreading all around the globe at a phenomenal pace. Their bold ambition is to increase the competitiveness of local communities through innovation while increasing the quality of life for its citizens through better public services and a cleaner environment. Prior research has shown contrasting views and a multitude of...
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The relationship between patent portfolio diversity and firm profitability is conceptually opaque and empirically equivocal. We contribute to the literature with a systematic analysis of this relationship by carrying out an empirical investigation based on a sample of 391 international firms. We generate data for patent portfolio diversity at the l...
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This paper proposes a Decision Support System that can provide European policy makers with systematic guidance in allocating and prioritizing scant public resources. We do so by taking the stance of the Smart Specialisation Strategies which aim at consolidating the regional strengths and make effective and efficient use of public investment in R&D....
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The application of practice theories in the domain of sustainability research in consumer studies is increasingly advocated based on the premise that this allows to analyse consumption as a social phenomenon. Consequently, the applications of social practice theories to this field are expanding geometrically and to date, little retrospective work o...
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Regional innovation is more and more considered an important enabler of welfare. It is no coincidence that the European Commission has started looking at regional peculiarities and dynamics, in order to focus Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization towards effective investment policies. In this context, this work aims to support...
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This research aims at investigating the antecedents and consequences of environmental performance in the craft beer industry. Precisely, we assessed how some factors, i.e. the external pressures, internal drivers, environmental awareness, as well as the adoption of proactive environmental strategies, influences the environmental performance; we als...
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Given the great opportunities provided by Open Collaborative Networks (OCNs), their success depends on the effective integration of composite business logic at all stages. However, a dilemma between cooperation and competition is often found in environments where the access to business knowledge can provide absolute advantages over the competition....
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Purpose: When the iPhone will be a dinosaur, the Post-it® will still be around! We are at Weil am Rhein, Germany. The year is 2010. With the exhibition “Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things”, the Vitra Design Museum and Hi-Cone present 43 everyday objects that entered our lives remaining unchanged for decades. Why is it the case? What makes...
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The ways individuals form new concepts has always been a fascinating topic and a central concern for both scholars and practitioners. One of the fundamental mechanisms enabling the emergence of new concepts is what Schön (1963) defines the displacement of concepts, otherwise known as ‘metaphorical extension of ideas’ (Mulkay, 1974). Schön argues th...
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Purpose. To understand how digital technologies can help healthcare organizations to improve the exploration-exploitation paradox over time. We explore antecedents, processes, and outcomes of implementing digital transformation programs. Design/methodology/approach. Primary sources come from 107 semi-structured interviews with key informants within...
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External search strategies remain ineffective without the ability of the firm to communicate and share internally what has been absorbed from the environment. Most of the empirical studies have mainly discussed this complementarity between knowledge search and internal knowledge processing capabilities by looking at the last ones in terms of spendi...
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The concept of collaborative networks has attracted considerable attention, especially in two knowledge domains: innovation and operation management. Although collaborative networks have evolved into many forms, their central role in triggering debates has not gone unnoticed. In this paper, we aim to contribute to these debates through a bibliometr...
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Que l’on parle d’un produit, d’un service ou d’une combinaison intermédiaire, la mise au point d’une innovation radicale est aujourd’hui présentée comme étant la condition sine qua non à l’adaptation et à la survie. Bien que la « recette » qui permette d’atteindre ce saint graal soit un sujet complexe à la fois pour les praticiens et les théoricien...
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The increasing globalization, challenges for the competitiveness, and resources prioritization are among the causes forcing the European (EU) regions to rethink their overall approach to regional economic development. To deal with such a complexity, EU policy makers deployed a program called Smart Specialisation Strategies (SSS) which aims at conso...
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In this paper, we perform a systematic study of all the firms created between 1990 and 2014 characterizing the Spanish entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our contribution builds upon a methodology using business registrations and predictive analytics to develop population level estimates of entrepreneurial quality and regional entrepreneurship potential th...
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As technological problems and societal challenges become increasingly complex, designers are urged to recombine knowledge from different sources in order to innovate. In this paper we question how nature may be the key source of inspiration. Precisely, the work presented in this paper focuses on the impact that bio-inspired design is having on the...
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This research explores how the interaction of science and technology played a major role in shaping the rise and development of the bioinformatics industry. Two research questions are investigated: 1) to what extent does science contribute to the development of bioinformatics inventions? 2) What is the likelihood for a bioinformatics invention to b...
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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene are currently attracting the largest investments by firms focussing on the development of nanotechnologies. However, firms are heterogeneous in their ability to develop nanotechnologies that present different levels of radicalness and a different potential to become basic building blocks of future developments....
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This article uses a bundle of bibliometric and text-mining techniques to provide a systematic assessment of the intellectual core of the Social Media-based innovation research field. The goal of this study is to identify main research areas, understand the current state of development and suggest potential future directions by analysing co-citation...
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Regional innovation is more and more considered an important enabler of welfare. It is no coincidence that the European Commission has started looking at regional peculiarities and dynamics, in order to focus Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization towards effective investment policies. In this context, this work aims to support...
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Agile methodologies have been adopted by an increasing number of organizations to improve their responsiveness. However, few studies have empirically analysed the effect of Agile on long-term organizational goals such as learning and innovation. Using an abductive approach, this study examines the relationships between self-regulated teams’ social...
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We introduce this special issue on the multi-faceted nature of collaborative innovation by summarizing the most important accomplishments of the current debate. Then, we focus on the pressure that agents face to rethink and rejuvenate their collaborative practices in order to accomplish a certain degree of innovativeness. On the basis of two key di...
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The concept of collaborative networks has attracted considerable attention, especially in two knowledge domains: innovation and operation management. Although collaborative networks have evolved into many forms, their central role in triggering debates has not gone unnoticed. In this paper, we aim to contribute to these debates through a bibliometr...
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The concept of collaborative networks has attracted considerable attention, especially in two knowledge domains: innovation and operation management. Although collaborative networks have evolved into many forms, their central role in triggering debates has not gone unnoticed. In this paper, we aim to contribute to these debates through a bibliometr...
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Seen in a historical perspective, work has undergone dramatic changes. As a consequence, different work configurations emerge. Conducting a cluster analysis based on empirical data, we show the existence of these working configurations and we describe them accordingly to the flexibility allowed by firms regarding: (i) the place where work is accomp...
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In this paper, we shed light on why academics are in one of the best positions to orchestrate inter-organisational initiatives of continuous innovation (CI) within an innovation context that is shifting towards an open collaborative ecosystem mode. Two rationales seem to explain the potential key role of academics within a CI ecosystem: 1) their in...
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Given the great opportunities provided by Open Collaborative Networks, their success depends on the effective integration of composite business logic at all stages. However, a dilemma between cooperation and competition is often found in environments where the access to business knowledge can provide absolute advantages over the competition. Indeed...
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This paper investigates the nature of bioinformatics inventions by analysing technological contributions (patents). By analyzing data from USPTO, EPO, and WIPO, we tried to shed some light on the antecedents that gave rise to what can be thought of as an interdisciplinary radical innovation. A quadruple helix of actors, entailing the exceptional ro...
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Hospitals struggle to balance exploratory and exploitatory processes. To this end, Information Technology and Information Systems (IT/IS) can play a strategic role. However, literature has only marginally analysed how they can be adopted—within and among hospitals—in order to configure paths for managing the tensions between exploration and exploit...
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This article uses Document Co-citation Analysis to objectively explore the underlying structure of the Intellectual Property research domain, taken from a Managerial and Strategic standpoint. The goal of this study is identifying its main research areas, understanding its current state of development and suggesting potential future directions, by a...
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This paper focuses on the Core Front End (CFE) activities of the innovation process to say, Opportunity Identification and Opportunity Analysis. In the CFE of innovation, several tools are used to facilitate and optimise decisions. To select them, managers of the product development team have to use several premises to decide which tool is more app...
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Since Schumpeter’s (The theory of economic development, 1934) seminal work on economic development, innovation is considered as one of the main drivers of firm performance and economic growth. At the same time, technological innovations vary considerably in terms of impact with only a minority of new inventions contributing significantly to technol...
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This paper is about the way diverse companies come to create and develop innovation together, with the aim of accomplishing a certain degree of radicalness. On the basis of the knowlegde about the likelihoods of accomplishing a certain innovation, the knowledge about the nature of the outcomes, and the time frames, a theoretical framework has been...
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Working across corporate boundaries to co-develop products and customer solutions is becoming a critical aspect of product and service development in a wide range of industries. By and large, three key sets of practices need consideration when it comes to collaborative creation and development: strategy, which includes development chain design and...
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Outlining and characterizing the antecedents of Radical Innovation is the only way to unveil the complex traits of the path to those innovations that dramatically and irreversibly alter the status quo of the economic and industrial context and structure in which they come to life. The two brief accounts presented in this paper attempt to sketch the...
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The innovation process may be divided into three main parts: the front end (FE), the new product development (NPD) process, and the commercialization. Every NPD process has a FE in which products and projects are defined. However, companies tend to begin the stages of FE without a clear definition or analysis of the process to go from Opportunity I...
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Technological innovations vary considerably in terms of novelty and impact with only a minority of new inventions contributing considerably to economic growth. More recently a number of patent-based indicators have been advanced to capture the different characteristics of technologically important inventions among which the notion 'radical' figures...
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New product development (NPD) describes the process of bringing a new product or service to the market. The Fuzzy Front End (FFE) of Innovation is the term describing the activities happening before the product development phase of NPD. In the FFE of innovation, several tools are used to facilitate and optimise the activities. To select these tools...
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The object of analysis of this explorative research is the Fuzzy Front End of Innovation in Product Development, described by those activities going from the opportunity identification to the concept definition. Business scholars have shown that confusion in terms of goals and different ideas about opportunities; make this early phase of the innova...
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New product development (NPD) describes the process of bringing a new product or service to the market. The Fuzzy Front End (FFE) of Innovation is the term describing the activities happening before the product development phase of NPD. In the FFE of innovation, several tools are used to facilitate and optimise the activities. To select these tools...
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The innovation process may be divided into three areas: the fuzzy front end (FFE), the new product development (NPD) process, and commercialization. Every NPD process has a FFE in which products and projects are defined. Companies tend to begin the stages of FFE without a clear definition and analysis of the process to go from opportunity identific...

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Smart-Sustainable Cities and Disaster Management proposal provides an international platform to share and debate topical issues in the management of disaster resilient cities. Political and administrative bodies are fully aware of the challenges that a smart city is called upon to face every day to guarantee its inhabitants not only high quality services but also safety standards to protect them from natural disasters. Planning for future cities demands greater attention in coping with disaster risks and in facing the changing socio-economic and safety landscape of the urban reality. We invite conceptual as well empirical papers based on quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.
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Authors are invited to present their work at the IFAMA 2021 conference co-organized by the editors of the special issue. The conference will address the same topics (questions) as the special issue and will be held at INCAE Business School (Costa Rica, June 21-23 2021). If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, please contact the guest editors of this special issue. More information about the six tracks can be found at this link: https://www.incae.edu/es/ifama-2021/symposium-program.html More information about the TFSC call for papers at this link: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/technological-forecasting-and-social-change/call-for-papers/technologies-and-digital-transformation-for-sustainability
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Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Organization Studies (Impact Factor: 3.133; ABS 4; https://journals.sagepub.com/home/oss) on "Boosting Urban Sustainability through Organizing Collaborative Ecosystems for Smart City Development" Submission deadline: March 31, 2020