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current position

Full Professor
Core Faculty 

educational background

MSc Course(s): Electronic Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 1983 

academic and research areas

MSc Course(s): Economics of innovation; Creation of high tech enterprises
MIP Academic area: Economics, Industrial Economics, International Economics (EIIE) 
Research area: Applied Economics 
Research field: Technical change and innovation; Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance

other information

Visiting Professor at ETH Zurich, PhD course in Innovation and entrepreneurship, at Copenhagen Business School and at Warwick University (1996).
Member of the Board of the Association Internationale de Management Stratégique (AIMS), 1992-1997.
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of DRUID, Copenhagen 1995-2000.
Member of the Advisory Board of CIRET-Politecnico di Milano (since 1996).
Member of the Advisory Board of CRORA-Università Bocconi (since 1999).
Elected Representative at-large, Knowledge and Innovation Interest Group, Strategic Management Society (2005-2008).
Chairman of the Steering committee of PICO FP6 Project on “Academic entrepreneurship from knowledge creation to knowledge diffusion”.
Scientific Coordinator of VICO FP7 Project on “Financing entrepreneurial ventures in Europe: Impact on innovation, employment growth, and competitiveness”.


Colombo M. G., Piva E., 2012. Firms’ genetic characteristics and competence-enlarging strategies: A comparison of academic and non-academic high-tech start-ups. Research Policy, Vol. 41, pp. 79-92.
Colombo M. G., Laursen K., Magnusson M., Rossi Lamastra C., 2012. Small business and networked innovation: organizational and managerial challenges. Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 50, N. 2, pp. 181-190.
Colombo M. G., Piva E., Rentocchini F., 2012. The effects of incubation on academic and non-academic high-tech start-ups: evidence from Italy. Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Vol. 21, N. 5-6, pp. 505-527.
Colombo M. G., Croce A., Guerini M., 2012. Is the Italian government effective in relaxing the financial constraints of high technology firms?. Prometeus, Vol. 30, pp. 73-96.
Colombo M. G. Piva E., Rossi Lamastra C., 2012. Authorizing employees to collaborate with communities during working hours: When is it valuable for firms?. Long Range Planning, forthcoming.

Colombo M. G., Grilli L., Murtinu S., 2011, R&D subsidies and the performance of high-tech start-ups. Economic Letters, Vol. 112, pp. 97-99.
Colombo M. G., Laursen K., Magnusson M., Rossi Lamastra C., 2011. Organizing Inter- and Intra-firm Networks: What is the impact on innovation performance?. Industry & Innovation, Vol. 18, pp. 531-538.
Bertoni F., Colombo M. G., Grilli L., 2011. Venture capital financing and the growth of high-tech start-ups: Disentangling treatment from selection effects. Research Policy, Vol. 40, N. 7, pp. 1028-1043.
Colombo M. G., Rabbiosi L., Reichstein T., 2011. Organizing for external knowledge sourcing. European Management Review, Vol. 8, pp. 111-116.
Colombo M. G., Grilli L., Piscitello L., Rossi Lamastra C., 2011. (EDS.) Science and innovation policy for the new knowledge economy. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK.

Colombo M. G., D’Adda D., Piva E., 2010. The contribution of university research to the growth of academic start-ups: an empirical analysis. Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 35, pp. 113-140.
Colombo M. G., Mustar P., Wright M., 2010. Dynamics of science-based entrepreneurship. Journal of Technology Transfer, Val. 35, pp. 1-15.
Bertoni F., Colombo M. G., Croce A., 2010. The effect of venture capital financing on the sensitivity to cash flow of firm’s investments. European Financial Management, Vol. 16, pp. 528-551.
Colombo M. G., Grilli L., 2010. On growth drivers of high-tech start-ups: The role of founders’ human capital and venture capital. Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 25, pp. 610-626.
Colombo M. G., Luukkonen T., Mustar P., Wright M., 2010. Venture capital and high-tech start-ups. Venture capital, Vol. 12, pp. 261-266.

Colombo M. G., Grilli L., 2009. A capital partnership: How human and venture capital affect the growth of high-tech start-ups. Strategic Change, Vol. 18, pp. 231-239.
Colombo M. G., Grilli L., Murtinu S., Piscitello L., Piva E., 2009. Effects of International R&D alliances on the performance of high-tech start-ups: a longitudinal analysis. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 3, pp. 348-370.

Colombo M. G., Piva E., 2008. Strenghts and weaknesses of academic start-ups: A conceptual model. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 55, pp. 1-13.
Colombo M. G., Delmastro M., 2008. The economics of organizational design. Theory and empirical insights. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 6XS, England.