Alessandra Colombelli

Short bio

Alessandra Colombelli is Full 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 Assessor at the Innovative Companies 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 Lyon 2 and the University of Torino.

She is Editor of Regional Studies and member of the Editorial Review Board of Small Business Economics.

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., ORSATTI, G., QUATRARO, F., (2019), “Local knowledge composition and the emergence of entrepreneurial activities across industries: evidence from Italian NUTS3 regions”, Small Business Economics, Forthcoming
  • COLOMBELLI, A., D’AMICO, E., PAOLUCCI, E., RICCI, R., (2018), “Attività e modelli universitari di trasferimento tecnologico”, Economia E Società Regionale, 3, 10-27, Franco Angeli Editore, 10.3280/ES2018-003002
  • COLOMBELLI, A., QUATRARO, F., (2018), “New firm formation and regional knowledge production modes: Italian evidence”, Research Policy, 47(1), 139-157, Elsevier, 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, 1-17, Springer, 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, 1-20, Springer, 10.1007/S11187-017-9934-Y
  • ANTONELLI, C., COLOMBELLI, A., (2017), “The locus of knowledge externalities and the cost of knowledge”, Regional Studies, 51(8), 1151-1164, Routledge, 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, 47(2), 383–396, Springer, 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, 47(2), 277-291, Springer, 10.1007/S11187-016-9716-Y
  • ANTONELLI, C., COLOMBELLI, A., (2015), “The knowledge cost function”, International Journal of Production Economics, 168, 290-302, Elsevier, 10.1016/J.IJPE.2015.06.031
  • ANTONELLI, C., COLOMBELLI A, (2015), “External and internal knowledge in the knowledge generation function”, Industry and Innovation, 22(4), 273-298, Routledge, 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, 21(1), 107-127, Emerald Publishing, 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, 43(10), 1681-1696, Elsevier, 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, 23(7), 585-610, Routledge, 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, 216, 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, 23(1), 261-291, Oxford University Press, 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, 80(8), 1469-1483, Elsevier, 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, 26, 14-26, Elsevier, 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, 36(4), 353-382, Springer, 10.1007/S10961-010-9198-Z
  • COLOMBELLI, A., (2010), “Alternative investment market: a way to promote entrepreneurship”, Journal of Industry Competition and Trade, 10(3-4), 253-274, Springer, 10.1007/S10842-010-0079-9
  • CASSIA, L., COLOMBELLI, A., (2010), “Growth factors in medium-sized enterprises: the case of an Italian region”, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 6(4), 437-458, Springer, 10.1007/S11365-009-0129-0
  • CASSIA, L., COLOMBELLI, A., PALEARI, S., (2009), “Firms growth: does the innovation system matter?”, Structural Change and Economics Dynamics, 20(3), 211-220, Elsevier, 10.1016/J.STRUECO.2009.01.001
  • BRIOSCHI, M.S., CASSIA, L., COLOMBELLI, A., (2009), “Common frameworks for regional competitiveness: insights from a number of local knowledge economies”, Italian Journal of Regional Science, 8(2), 19-43, Franco Angeli Editore, 10.3280/SCRE2009-002002
  • CASSIA, L., COLOMBELLI, A., (2008), “Do universities knowledge spillovers impact on new firm’s growth? Empirical evidence from UK”, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 4(4), 453-465, Springer, 10.1007/S11365-008-0084-1
  • CASSIA, L., COLOMBELLI, A., PALEARI, S., (2008), “Regional transformation processes through the universities, institutions and industry relationship”, Industry and Higher Education, 22(2), 105-118, Sage Publications, 10.5367/000000008784139451
  • CASSIA, L., COLOMBELLI, A., (2008), “Orientamento imprenditoriale e crescita della media impresa”, Studi Organizzativi, 2008(1), 97-116, Franco Angeli Editore

Book chapters

  • COLOMBELLI, A., ORSATTI, G., QUATRARO, F., (2017), “Entrepreneurship, technological knowledge and industrial heterogeneity: evidence from Italian NUTS3 regions”, in THERIN, F., APPIO, F. P., YOON, H., Handbook on Techno-Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Edward Elgar, Forthcoming
  • CANTAMESSA, M., COLOMBELLI, A., (2016), “Il successo di una nuova impresa”, in CANTAMESSA, M., CARPANETO, A., CORTESE, C. G., Creare Startup di Successo, 54-68, Edizioni LSWR, 978-88-6895-278-5
  • COLOMBELLI, A., MOLINO, M., (2016), “L’imprenditoria come processo: dall’intenzione alla crescita”, Creare Startup di Successo, 40-52, Edizioni LSWR, 978-88-6895-278-5
  • COLOMBELLI, A., FODDI, M., PACI, R., (2013) “The scientific regions”, in CAPELLO, R. and LENZI, C. (editors) The Territorial Dimension of the Knowledge Economy in Europe, 43-69, Routledge
  • COLOMBELLI, A., QUATRARO, F., (2012), “The European firm”, in DIETRICH, M. and KRAFFT, J. (editors) Handbook on the Economics and Theory of the Firm, 209-226, Edward Elgar
  • ANTONELLI, C., COLOMBELLI, A., (2011), “Globalization and directed technological change at the firm level: the European evidence”, in LIBECAP, G. Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development, 22, Emerald
  • COLOMBELLI, A., VON TUNZELMANN, G.N., (2011), “The persistence of innovation and path-dependence”, in ANTONELLI, C. The System Dynamics of Technological Change, Edward Elgar
  • COLOMBELLI, A., (2006), “Modelli di trasformazione territoriale: lezioni per Torino?”, in RUSSO, G. and TERNA, P. Produrre a Torino, Otto Editore

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”

Curriculum vitae


Innovation Studies
Department of Management and Production Engineering (DIGEP)
Politecnico di Torino Duca degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino (TO)