Professor of Strategic Management

On Leave

• PhD in Management, IESE Business School, University of Navarra
• Degree in Management Engineering, University of Brescia

Giovanni Valentini is professor of Strategic Management and Director of the PhD Program at IESE Business School, where he also earned his PhD. Prior to joining IESE, he was an Associate Professor at Bocconi University, Milan. He has held visiting positions at Harvard University, University of Toronto, KU Leuven, LUISS University, and SKEMA Business School.

Most of his research has examined how firms can gain competitive advantage through technological innovation and growth. His research has been published in several academic journals, including Global Strategy Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of International Business Studies, Long range Planning, Management Science, Organization Science, Research Policy, Strategic Organization, and Strategic Management Journal.

Currently, he is the Chair of the Knowledge & Innovation IG of the Strategic Management Society and he serves as Co-Editor of Industrial and Corporate Change and Associate Editor of Management Science.

At IESE, he has been teaching Competitive Strategy and Corporate Strategy courses in the MBA, EMBA and in Executive Education programs, as well as Strategy modules for Custom Programs for companies like Danone, Erste Bank, Faurecia, Ferrero, Hanon Systems, Henkel, IDOM, Nissan, Puig, and Schneider Electric.

Areas of interest

* Strategy
* Innovation Strategy
* Corporate Growth
* Non-market strategies


Journal Articles (refereed)

CASSIMAN, B., RICART, J. E., VALENTINI, G. (2022). Commitment and competitive advantage in a digital world. Strategy Science, 7 (2), 130-137. doi:10.1287/stsc.2022.0164.
CONTI, R., KACPERCZYK, O., VALENTINI, G. (2022). Institutional protection of minority employees and entrepreneurship. Evidence from the LGBT employment non-discrimination acts. Strategic Management Journal, 43 (4), 758-791. doi:10.1002/smj.3340.
VALENTINI, G., CONTI, R. (2018). Super Partes? Assessing the Effect of Judicial Independence on Entry. Management Science, 64 (8), 3469 - 3970. doi:10.1287/mnsc.2017.2794.
CASTELLANETA, F., VALENTINI, G., ZOLLO, M. (2018). Learning or Inertia? The Impact of Experience and Knowledge Codification on Post-Acquisition Integration. Industrial and Corporate Change, 27 (3), 577 - 593. doi:10.1093/icc/dtx043.
BIRHANU, A., GAMBARDELLA, A., VALENTINI, G. (2016). Bribery and Investment: Firm-Level Evidence from Africa and Latin America. Strategic Management Journal, 37 (9), 1865 - 1877. doi:10.1002/smj.2431.
CASSIMAN, B., VALENTINI, G. (2016). Open Innovation: Are Inbound And Outbound Knowledge Flows Really Complementary? Strategic Management Journal, 37 (6), 1034 - 1046. doi:10.1002/smj.2375.
MAS, N., VALENTINI, G. (2015). Technology Complexity and Target Selection. The Case of US Hospital Mergers. Industrial and Corporate Change, 24 (2), 511 - 537. doi:10.1093/icc/dtu017.
GAMBARDELLA, A., PANICO, C., VALENTINI, G. (2015). Strategic Incentives to Human Capital. Strategic Management Journal, 36 (1), 37 - 52. doi:10.1002/smj.2200.
CIRILLO, B., BRUSONI, S., VALENTINI, G. (2014). The Rejuvenation of Inventors through Corporate Spin-Outs. Organization Science, 25 (6), 1764 - 1784. doi:10.1287/orsc.2013.0868.
GOLOVKO, E., VALENTINI, G. (2014). Selective Learning-by-Exporting: Firm Size and Product Versus Process Innovation. Global Strategy Journal, 4 (3), 161 - 180. doi:10.1002/gsj.1080.

Working Papers

BLANCO, I., FERRARO, F., VALENTINI, G., WEHRHEIM, D. (2022). Meet me halfway. Financial analysts and strategic change.
MAS, N., VALENTINI, G. (2012). The importance of technology in the consolidation of hospital markets. The case of the United States (DI-953-E).
CASSIMAN, B., DIGUARDO, C., VALENTINI, G. (2005). Organizing for innovation: R&D projects, activities and partners (DI-597-E).
CASSIMAN, B., DIGUARDO, C., VALENTINI, G. (2005). The organization and performance evaluation of R&D projects in a dynamic environment (DI-605-E).


CONTI, R., KACPERCZYK, A. J., VALENTINI, G. (2018). Discrimination and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from LGBT Rights Laws. Academy of Management Proceedings.

Articles in other publications

CASSIMAN, B., DIGUARDO, C., VALENTINI, G. (2004). Abrirse para innovar. Iniciativa Emprendedora (45), pp. 25 - 39.


VALENTINI, G., ARIÑO, M. A. (2002). Cementos Elola. IESE, AD-284-E.