Alessandra Colombelli

Alessandra Colombelli

Alessandra Colombelli is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Torino, where she teaches strategy and organisation and business management. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Management of Technology and a M.Sc. in Management Engineering from the University of Bergamo. She is member of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (EIC) at Politecnico di Torino, Research Associate at the CNRS-GREDEG University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and the Bureau of Research in Innovation Complexity and Knowledge (BRICK) at Collegio Carlo Alberto. She serves as Technical Assessors at the incubator of Politecnico di Torino (I3P). She was formerly Marie Curie Fellow at the Manchester Business School, Research Associate at the University of Cagliari, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University Lumière Lyon2 and the University of Torino. She has been involved in several national and international research projects and as a consultant for public and private institutions. Her publications cover several topics in the fields of entrepreneurship, economics of innovation and regional economics. Her research was published in highly ranked international journals like Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Small Business Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Technology Transfer, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Regional Studies and International Journal of Production Economics. She has been awarded the Giorgio Rota Best Paper in 2005 and the Emerald Award for Excellence in 2012.

Selected publications

  • COLOMBELLI, A., QUATRARO, F., (2018), “New firm formation and regional knowledge production modes: Italian evidence”, Research Policy, Volume 47, Issue 1, Pages 139-157, Elsevier, DOI 10.1016/J.RESPOL.2017.10.006
  • COLOMBELLI, A., PAOLUCCI, E., UGHETTO, E., (2017), “Hierarchical and relational governance and the life cycle of entrepreneurial ecosystems”, Small Business Economics, Forthcoming, Pages 1-17, Springer, DOI 10.1007/S11187-017-9957-4
  • COLOMBELLI, A., QUATRARO, F., (2017), “Green start-ups and local knowledge spillovers from clean and dirty technologies”, Small Business Economics, Forthcoming, Pages 1-20, Springer, DOI 10.1007/S11187-017-9934-Y
  • ANTONELLI, C., COLOMBELLI, A., (2017), “The locus of knowledge externalities and the cost of knowledge”, Regional Studies, Volume 51, Issue 8, Pages 1151-1164, Routledge, DOI 10.1080/00343404.2017.1331294
  • COLOMBELLI, A., (2016), “The impact of local knowledge bases on the creation of innovative start-ups in Italy”, Small Business Economics, Volume 47, Issue 2, Pages 383–396, Springer, DOI 10.1007/S11187-016-9722-0
  • COLOMBELLI, A., KRAFFT, J., VIVARELLI, M., (2016), “To be born is not enough: the key role of innovative start-ups”, Small Business Economics, Volume 47, Issue 2, Pages 277-291, Springer, DOI 10.1007/S11187-016-9716-Y
  • ANTONELLI, C., COLOMBELLI, A., (2015), “The knowledge cost function”, International Journal of Production Economics, Volume 168, Pages 290-302, Elsevier, DOI 10.1016/J.IJPE.2015.06.031
  • ANTONELLI, C., COLOMBELLI A, (2015), “External and internal knowledge in the knowledge generation function”, Industry and Innovation, Volume 22, Issue 4, Pages 273-298, Routledge, DOI 10.1080/13662716.2015.1049864
  • COLOMBELLI, A., (2015), “Top management team characteristics and firm growth: evidence from a sample of listed companies”, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Volume 21, Issue 1, Pages 107-127, Emerald Publishing, DOI 10.1108/IJEBR-10-2013-0181
  • COLOMBELLI, A., KRAFFT, J., QUATRARO, F., (2014), “The emergence of new technology-based sectors in European regions: a proximity-based analysis of nanotechnology”, Research Policy, Volume 43, Issue 10, Pages 1681-1696, Elsevier, DOI 10.1016/J.RESPOL.2014.07.008
  • COLOMBELLI, A., QUATRARO, F., (2014), “The persistence of firms’ knowledge base: a quantile approach to Italian data”, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Volume 23, Issue 7, Pages 585-610, Routledge, DOI 10.1080/10438599.2013.871164
  • AURICCHIO, M., CANTAMESSA, M., COLOMBELLI, A., CULLINO, R., ORAME, A., PAOLUCCI, E., (2014), “Gli incubatori d’impresa in Italia”, Questioni di Economia e Finanza, Volume 216, Pages 3-65, Banca d’Italia
  • COLOMBELLI, A., KRAFFT, J., QUATRARO, F., (2014), “High-growth firms and technological knowledge: do gazelles follow exploration or exploitation strategies?”, Industrial and Corporate Change, Volume 23, Issue 1, Pages 261-291, Oxford University Press, DOI 10.1093/ICC/DTT053
  • COLOMBELLI, A., KRAFFT, J., QUATRARO, F., (2013), “Properties of knowledge base and firm survival: evidence from a sample of French manufacturing firms”, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 80, Issue 8, Pages 1469-1483, Elsevier, DOI 10.1016/J.TECHFORE.2013.03.003
  • COLOMBELLI, A., HANED, N., LEBAS, C., (2013), “On firm growth and innovation: some new empirical perspectives using French CIS”, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Volume 26, Pages 14-26, Elsevier, DOI 10.1016/J.STRUECO.2013.03.002
  • ANTONELLI, C., COLOMBELLI, A., (2011), “The generation and exploitation of technological change: market value and total factor productivity”, The Journal of Technology Transfer, Volume 36, Issue 4, Pages 353-382, Springer, DOI 10.1007/S10961-010-9198-Z10.1016/J.RESPOL.2014.07.008

Working papers

  • COLOMBELLI, A., PAOLUCCI, E., RAGUSEO, E., “The determinants of digital start-ups formation: the role of digital entrepreneurial ecosystems in Italy”
  • CAVIGGIOLI, F., COLOMBELLI, A., DE MARCO, A., PAOLUCCI, E., “How venture capitalists evaluate young innovative company patent portfolios: empirical evidence from Europe”
  • COLOMBELLI, A., GRILLI, L., MINOLA, T., MRKAJIC, B., “Does institutional change foster creation of more competitive young innovative companies?”
  • COLOMBELLI, A., D’AMBROSIO, A., MELICIANI, V., QUATRARO, F., “Explaining the industrial variety of newborn firms: the role of cultural diversity”
  • COLOMBELLI, A., TUBIANA, M., “The moderating effect of social capital on the relationship between knowledge and new firm formation”


Alessandra Colombelli

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (EIC)
Department of Management and Production Engineering (DIGEP)
Politecnico di Torino Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
10129 Torino (TO)