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
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  • 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


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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
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
Mike Wright; Valentina Tartari; Kenneth G. Huang; Francesco Di Lorenzo; Janet Bercovitz / Knowledge Worker Mobility in Context : Pushing the Boundaries of Theory and Methods.
In: Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 55, No. 1, 2018, p. 1-26
Journal article > peer review
Francesco Di Lorenzo; Paul Almeida / The Role of Relative Performance in Inter-firm Mobility of Inventors
In: Research Policy, Vol. 46, No. 6, 2017, p. 1162-1174
Journal article > peer review
Francesco Di Lorenzo / International Property Rights Index : 2013 Report.
Washington, D.C. : Americans for Tax Reform Foundation/Property Rights Alliance. 2013, 143 p.
Francesco Di Lorenzo; Paul Almeida / A Behavioral Perspective on Inventors’ Mobility : The Case of Pharmaceutical Industry.
Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012, 2012
Paper > peer review
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