Department of Strategy and Innovation

Di Lorenzo
Associate professor

Room: KIL/14.A-2.63
E-mail: fdl.si@cbs.dk

I am an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Department of Strategy and Innovation.

My main research interests are in the areas of strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation. In particular, I aim to understand: i) the role of strategic human capital in explaining innovation outcome of individual and organizations (i.e. patenting activities, knowledge flows) ii) the role of investors in new ventures’ strategic development and innovation-related performance. Specifically, I study topics such as: inter-organizational labor mobility, knowledge flows, corporate venture capital, new venture innovative strategy and performance, impact investing.

I received a PhD in Management Science from ESADE Business School, a MSc. in Business and Administration and a BA in Economics and Business from Bocconi University. I spent several years at Georgetown University at McDonough School of Business as PhD student and faculty in the Strategy area. Before starting an academic career, I worked as consultant for McKinsey&Co. and for Accenture Strategy in the Management Consulting and Financial Markets division; also I had experience in UNICEF as fundraising strategy associate and strategic analyst.



Primary research areas
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Strategic human capital
  • Innovation
  • Venture philanthropy
Administrative tasks

Curriculum Vitae
Social media
Link to this homepage
  • External Growth Strategy (MSc.)
  • Business Statistics for Health Care Innovation (MSc.)
  • Advances in Strategic Management (Ph.D.)
  • Corporate Strategy (EMBA)



Other teaching activities

Selected publications
  • “Venture Capital Investment Strategy Under Financing Constraints: Evidence from the 2008 Financial Crisis” (with Conti, A.; Dass and Graham, S.), 2019 [Research Policy, 48(3), 799-812] doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2018.11.009
  • “Tapping into the knowledge of incumbents: the role of corporate venture capital investments and inventor mobility” (with Van de Vrande, V.), 2018 [Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 13(1), 24-46] doi: 10.1002/sej.1304
  • “The Social Impact of Philanthropic Venture Capital Backed Social Enterprises” (with Scarlata, M.), 2018 [accepted in Journal of Business Ethics] Doi: 10.1007/s10551-018-4049-1
  • “Employee mobility in context: an introduction from the editors” (with Wright, M.; Bercovitz, J.; Huang, K., Tartari, V.), 2017 [Journal of Management Studies, 55(1), 1-26] doi: 10.1111/joms.12316
  • “The role of relative performance in inter-firm mobility” (with Almeida, P.), 2017 [Research Policy, 46(6), 1162-1174] http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2017.05.002
  • “Another roof another proof: how mobility explains individual productivity in science” (with Tartari, V. and Campbell, B.) [Journal of Technology Transfer, July 2018] https://doi.org/10.1007/s10961-018-9681-5


Publications sorted by:
Benjamin A. Campbell; Francesco Di Lorenzo; Valentina Tartari / Employer-employee Matching and Complementary Assets : The Role of Cross-organization Collaborations.
In: Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 64, No. 3, 6.2021, p. 799-823
Journal article > peer review
Valentina Tartari; Francesco Di Lorenzo; Benjamin A. Campbell / Another Roof, Another Proof : The Impact of Mobility on Individual Productivity in Science.
In: Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 45, No. 1, 2.2020, p. 276–303
Journal article > peer review
Christopher Albert Sabel; Francesco Di Lorenzo / Are Sharks more Dangerous at Dusk or Dawn? : Timing of CVC Investments and Ventures’ Commercial Performance.
Paper presented at CBS S&I Internal Seminar, 2020
Francesco Di Lorenzo; Rafael Corredoira / CVC, Investor Leadership, and Technological Influence of New Venture Invention
In: Proceedings of the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Guclu Atinc. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2020, 1 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Agnes Günther; Francesco Di Lorenzo / Managerial Replacement during Acquisitions
Paper presented at Consortium on Competitiveness and Cooperation 27th Annual Conference for Doctoral Student Research. CCC 2020, 2020
Paper > peer review
Francesco Di Lorenzo; Anupama Phene; Paul Almeida; Larissa Rabbiosi / Building on Immigrant Knowledge : Non-Ethnic Community Inventors and Knowledge Sourcing Behavior.
Paper presented at DRUID19 Conference, 2019
Paper > peer review
Rafael Corredoira; Francesco Di Lorenzo / Corporate Venture Capital Financing, Investor Leadership and Technological Influence of New Venture’s Invention
Paper presented at DRUID19 Conference, 2019
Paper > peer review
Francesco Di Lorenzo; Mariarosa Scarlata / Social Enterprises, Venture Philanthropy and the Alleviation of Income Inequality
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 159, No. 2, 10.2019, p. 307-323
Journal article > peer review
Francesco Di Lorenzo; Vareska van de Vrande / Tapping Into the Knowledge of Incumbents : The Role of Corporate Venture Capital Investments and Inventor Mobility.
In: Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 13, No. 1, 3.2019, p. 24-46
Journal article > peer review
Annamaria Conti; Nishant Dass; Francesco Di Lorenzo; Stuart J.H. Graham / Venture Capital Investment Strategies under Financing Constraints : Evidence from the 2008 Financial Crisis.
In: Research Policy, Vol. 48, No. 3, 4.2019, p. 799-812
Journal article > peer review
More results... (total 16 results)
Academic Interests

Research Projects
Outside activities

No outside activities reported.