Department of Economics and Business

OVERVIEW

Maria Chiara Di Guardo is Full Professor of Innovation Management and Organization Studies at the University of Cagliari. She is also Vice-Rector for Innovation, Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (CREA-UniCa), and Director of the CLab-UniCa at the same university. Professor Di Guardo was visiting professor at Columbia Business School (Columbia University, NY) and Cass Business School (City, University of London), and visiting scholar at IESE Business School (Barcelona).
Her research focused on how to organize efficiently the innovation process as well as the relationship between innovation and entrepreneurship. She has published in high-standing international journals including, Research Policy, Journal of Business Research, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Technology Transfer, Small Business Economics, Long Range Planning, Strategic Organization, Science and Public Policy, The Service Industries Journal, Management Research. She is also the author or co-author of books related to innovation management and entrepreneurship.

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ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • 2017– to date: Vice-Rector for Innovation, University of Cagliari, Italy
  • 2016 – to date: Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (CREA-UniCa), University of Cagliari, Italy
  • 2016 – 2017: Visiting Professor at CASS Business School, City, University of London, UK.
  • 2015 – to date: Full Professor of Organization and Innovation Management, Department of Economics and Business, University of Cagliari, Italy.
  • 2011 – 2015: Associate Professor of Organization and Innovation Management, University of Cagliari, Italy.
  • 2009 – 2010: Visiting Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • 2004 – 2010: Assistant Professor of Organization Studies, Department of Economics and Business, University of Cagliari, Italy.

EDUCATION

  • 2003: Ph.D. in Management Department of Business Economics and Management, University of Catania. Dissertation: “The Relationship Between Multinationals’ Subsidiaries And Local Firms: Specific Investments And Relational Rents”. Chair: Professor C.E. Schillaci.
  • 2001 – 2002: Visiting Scholar, IESE Business School, Barcelona (Spain). Supervisor: Professor B. Cassiman.

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

Selected publications

  • Harrigan, K. R., Di Guardo, M.C., & Marku, E. (2018). Patent value and the Tobin’s q ratio in media services. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 43(1), 1-19. DOI: 10.1007/s10961-017-9564-1
  • Di Guardo, M.C., Harrigan, K.R., & Marku, E. (2018). M&A and Diversification Strategies: What Effect on Quality of Inventive Activity?. Journal of Management and Governance, 1-24. DOI: 10.1007/s10997-018-9437-5.
  • Harrigan, K. R., Di Guardo, M.C., & Cowgill, B. (2017). Multiplicative-innovation synergies: tests in technological acquisitions. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 42(5), 1212-1233.DOI: 10.1007/s10961-016-9514-3.
  • Harrigan, K. R., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2017). Sustainability of patent-based competitive advantage in the US communications services industry. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 42(6), 1334-1361. DOI: 10.1007/s10961-016-9515-2.
  • Harrigan, K.R., Di Guardo, M.C., Marku, E., & Velez, B.N. (2017). Using a Distance Measure to Operationalise Patent Originality. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 29(9), 988-1001. DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2016.1260106.
  • Loi, M., Castriotta, M., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2016). The Theoretical Foundations of Entrepreneurship Education: How Co-Citations are Shaping the Field.  International Small Business Journal, 34(7) 948 –971. DOI: 10.1177/0266242615602322.
  • Di Guardo, M.C., & Harrigan, K. R. (2016). Shaping the Path to Inventive Activity: the Role of Past Experience in R&D Alliances. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 41(2): 250–269. DOI: 10.1007/s10961-015-9409-8.
  • Di Guardo, M.C., Marrocu, E. & Paci, R. (2016), The Effect of Local Corruption on Ownership Strategy in Cross Border Mergers and Acquisitions, Journal of Business Research, 69: 4225-4241. DOI:10.1016/j.jbusres.2016.03.002.
  • Castriotta, M., & Di Guardo M.C. (2016). Disentangling the Automotive Technology Structure: A Patent Co-Citation Analysis, Scientometrics, 107(2): 819–837. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-016-1862-0 SCIM-D-15-00531.1
  • Di Guardo, M.C., Marrocu, E., & Paci, R. (2016).The Concurrent Impact of Cultural, Political, and Spatial Distances on International Mergers and Acquisitions. World Economy, 39(6): 824–852. DOI: 10.1111/twec.12275.
  • Loi M., & Di Guardo M.C. (2015). The Third Mission of Universities: An Investigation of the Espoused Values. Science and Public Policy. 42(6), 855-870. DOI:10.1093/scipol/scv012.
  • Ennas, G., Biggio, B., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2015). Data-driven journal meta-ranking in business and management.  Scientometrics, 105(3), 1911-1929.
  • Di Guardo, M.C., & Cabiddu, F. (2014). E-Service Innovation: combining directed and practice-based approaches”, The Service Industries Journal, 35(1,2), 81-95.
  • Ennas, G., & Di Guardo M.C. (2015). Features of Top Rated Gold Open Access Journals: An Analysis of the Scopus Database. Journal of Informetrics, 9(1), 79-89.
  • Valentini, G., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2012). M&A and the profile of inventive activity. Strategic Organization, 10(4), 384-405.
  • Di Guardo, M.C., & Harrigan, K. R. (2012). Mapping research on strategic alliances and innovation: a co-citation analysis. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 37(6), 789-811.
  • Cassiman, B., Di Guardo, M.C., & Valentini, G. (2010). Organizing links with science: Cooperate or contract?: A project-level analysis. Research Policy, 39(7), 882-892.
  • Cassiman, B., Di Guardo, M.C., & Valentini, G. (2009). Organising R&D projects to profit from innovation: Insights from co-opetition. Long Range Planning, 42(2), 216-233.
  • Di Guardo, C., & Valentini, G. (2007). Taking actively advantage of MNCs’ presence. Small Business Economics, 28(1), 55-68.

International Publications

  • Marku, E., Castriotta, M., Di Guardo, M.C., & Loi, M. (2019). Mapping Innovation in the Digital Transformation Era: The Role of Technology Convergence. In Business Transformations in the Era of Digitalization (pp. 160-178). IGI Global. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7262-6.ch010.
  • Marku, E, Castriotta, M, & Di Guardo, M.C., (2019). Innovation Quantity and Quality: The Role of Diversification via Mergers and Acquisitions. AIDEA -Tendenze Nuove negli Studi Economico-Aziendali. L’evoluzione dei Rapporti Azienda-Società. (Ed.) C.E. Schillaci. Il Mulino.
  • Loi, M., Castriotta, E., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2018). The power of optimism and the adaptive process in a learning context of venture creation. In Organizing in the shadow of power: voices from the Italian community of organization studies. Minerva Bancaria.
  • Marku, E., Castriotta, E., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2017). Disentangling the intellectual structure of innovation and M&A literature. Technological Innovation Networks: Collaboration and Partnership, 47.
  • Ennas, G., Marras, F., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2016). Technological Cycle and S-Curve: A Nonconventional Trend in the Microprocessor Market. In Organizational Innovation and Change (pp. 75-87). Springer, Cham.
  • Loi, M., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2015). A Start-Up Generation Approach For Teaching Entrepreneurship: An Overview Of Affective Learning Results. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 20(04), 1550027.
  • Loi, M., Cogoni, M., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2015). A look into the mind of entrepreneurs and students: An exploration of knowledge structures.  Organising for growth: theories and practices, edited by F. Visintin, D. Pittino, G. Lauto (eds.) CreateSpace-Uniud, ISBN: 978-1502474896.
  • Di Guardo, M.C., & Castriotta, M. (2014). The challenge and opportunities of crowdsourcing Web communities: An Italian case study. International Journal of Electronic Commerce Studies, 4(1), 79-92.
  • Castriotta, M., Floreddu, P. B., Di Guardo, M.C., & Cabiddu, F. (2013). Disentangling the strategic use of social media in the insurance industry: a value co-creation perspective. In Social media in strategic management (pp. 63-86). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Castriotta,  M., Di Guardo, M.C., Floreddu, P., & Cabiddu, F. (2013). Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing Communities Design: a Cross Case Analysis. Designing Organisational Systems – An Interdisciplinary Discourse. Springer series: Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation (LNISO).
  • Cabiddu F., & Di Guardo M.C. (2013). Does Strategy have a Say in Times of Technological Change?. (Ed.) Bing Ran, Contemporary Perspectives on Technological Innovations, Management, and Policy. The Dark Side of Technological Innovation Volume 2, Information Age Publishing, 53-80. ISBN: 9781623960612.
  • Di Guardo, M.C., Galvagno, M., & Cabiddu, F. (2012). Analyzing the Intellectual Structure of E-Service Research. International Journal of E-Services and Mobile Applications 4(2).
  • Cassiman, B. & Di Guardo, M.C. (2012). Innovation and Technology Management in Competitive Strategy Research. In Dagnino G.B. (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Competitive Strategy, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.
  • Dagnino, G.B. & Di Guardo, M.C. (2012). Coopetition Strategy: a Novel Managerial Mindset to Guide Interfirm Dynamics. In Dagnino G.B. (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Competitive Strategy, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.
  • Castriotta, M, Cabiddu, F., Di Guardo, M.C., Floreddu, P., & Pettinao, D. (2011). Combining exploitation and exploration through crowdsourcing.  Eds M. De Marco, D. Te’eni, V. Albano, S. Za Information Systems: Crossroads for Organization, Management, Accounting and Engineering, Springer. UK.
  • Angioni, E, Cabiddu, F., & Di Guardo, M.C.  (2011). Value-Co-creation through Multichannels Distributions: the Nike ID Case.  Eds M. De Marco, D. Te’eni, V. Albano, S. Za Information Systems: Crossroads for Organization, Management, Accounting and Engineering, Springer. UK.
  • Di Guardo, M.C., & Galvagno, M. (2010). Information Systems and Service research: a co-citation analysis. In D’Atri A. De Marco M., e Cabiddu F., (eds.), Information Systems: People, Organizations, Institutions, and Technologies, Springer, UK.
  • Cabiddu,F., Di Guardo, M.C., & Pettinao, D. (2010). The Relation Between Consumer Innovativeness And Innovation. Success: The Case of Iphone. In: D.P. Sakas, N. Konstantopoulos. Marketing and Management Sciences. London: Imperial College Press.
  • Di Guardo, M.C., & Zuccarello, I. (2009). Integration of Different Organizations and Stakeholders during the Design and the Implementation of E-Services: the Case of the Spider Card. In D’Atri A.. and Saccà D. (Eds.), Information Systems: People, Organizations, Institutions, and Technologies, Springer, UK.
  • Di Guardo, M.C. &  Valentini, G. (2007). Explaining the Effect of Mergers and Acquisitions on the Technological Performance. In Cooper C.L.,  Finkelstein S. (eds.) Advances in Mergers & Acquisitions – Vol. 6. Elsevier, Amsterdam, chap .5.
  • Di Guardo, M.C., Galvagno, M. (2005). On the Relationship among Knowledge, Networks, and Local Context. In Capasso A., Dagnino G.B., Lanza A. (eds.), Strategic Capabilities and Knowledge Transfer between Organizations: New Perspectives from Acquisitions, Networks, Learning, and Evolution, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.
  • Cassiman, B., Di Guardo, M.C., & Valentini, G. (2005). The organization and performance evaluation of R&D projects in a dynamic environment. IESE WP n°605.
  • Cassiman, B., Di Guardo, M.C., &  G. Valentini (2005). Organizing for innovation: R&D projects, activities and partners. IESE WP n°597.
  • Valentini, G., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2004). Design Combination Potential and Get It Done: An Analysis of the Drivers of Technological Performance in M&As. Management Research. 2(3).
  • Schillaci, C.E., Di Guardo, M.C., & Di Gesù, C. (2004). Microélectronique et création des nouvelles entreprises pour le développent local. In Abdelkhader Sid Amed (eds.) Technologie de l’information et développent économique local, Publisud, Paris.

Italian Publications
Books

  • Cabiddu F., Di Guardo M.C., & Pettinao, D. (2012). I processi decisionali nelle organizzazioni: Individui, ambiente, complessità. Maggioli Editore. Milano.
  • Di Guardo, M.C., Pinna, R. & Zaru D. (2009). Per lo sviluppo, la competitività e l’innovazione del sistema economico. Il contributo degli studi di Organizzazione Aziendale (Development, Competitiveness and Innovation. The contribution of Organization Studies), FrancoAngeli, Milan.
  • Cabiddu, F. & Di Guardo, M.C. (2007). I nuovi scenari strategici per gli agenti di assicurazione (New Strategic Scenarios for the Insurance Market), FrancoAngeli, Milan
  • Di Guardo M.C. (2006). Strategie di Innovazione Tecnologica. Soggetti, Sistemi, Integrazione (Innovation Technology Management), FrancoAngeli, Milan

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Di Guardo, M. C., & Loi, M. (2016). Nuova Impresa–Cercasi Studente Esperto con Forte Propensione Imprenditoriale. Prospettive in Organizzazione.
  • Pinna, R., Di Guardo, M.C., & Desimone, S. (2009). Innovazione, Motivazione e Autoefficacia: il caso dell’Ospedale Microcitemico. In M.C. Di Guardo, R. Pinna, D. Zaru (eds.), Per lo sviluppo, la competitività e l’innovazione del sistema economico. Il contributo degli studi di Organizzazione Aziendale. FrancoAngeli, Milano. 3.
  • Dagnino, G.B., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2007). Alleanze strategiche e rendite relazionali:una review delle determinanti del joint value”, Finanza, Marketing e Produzione, n°2. 
  • Di Guardo, M.C. (2007). Organizzare l’attività di R&S: la sfida dell’open innovation. In T. Fabbri e L. Golzio (eds) Le relazioni di lavoro e forme organizzative. Nuovi modelli di progettazione. Carocci, Rome, 58-76.
  • Cabiddu, F., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2006). Strategia sociale e strategia competitiva dell’impresa: due prospettive inconciliabili?. Annali della Facoltà di Economia n°XXIII, FrancoAngeli, Milan.
  • Di Guardo, M.C. (2005). Organizing Open Innovation. Annali della Facoltà di Economia n°XXII.
  • Di Guardo, M.C., & Schillaci, C.E. (2004). Le relazioni strategiche tra multinazionali e imprese locali: analisi empirica di un sistema locale di imprese del settore microelettronico. Economia e Politica Industriale, n°124.
  • Cassiman, B., Di Guardo, M.C., & Valentini, G. (2004). Abrirse para innovar. Iniciativa Emprendedora, n°45(4).
  • Di Guardo, M.C., & Schillaci, C.E. (2003). Le prospettive di sviluppo di un aggregato territoriale high-tech: il caso di Catania”. In F. Cesaroni, A. Piccaluga (eds.) Distretti industriali e distretti tecnologici. Modelli possibili per il Mezzogiorno. FrancoAngeli, Milan.
  • Di Gesù, C, & Di Guardo, M.C. (2003). Struttura e dinamiche competitive del settore microelettronico: il caso della STMicroelettronics. In C. Buttà, C. Schillaci, (eds.), Microelettronica e saperi locali: ipotesi di sviluppo di un polo high-tech a Catania. Giappichelli, Turin.

REFEREE ACTIVITIES

Research Policy, Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning, European Management Review, Journal of Management & Governance, Management Research, International Studies of Management & Organization.

Questionnaire and social

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