Simone Ferriani

Università di Bologna

Full Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Bologna and Honorary Professor at Cass Business School, City University London and Visiting Fellow of the Center on Organizational Innovation at Columbia University . Simone Ferriani received his PhD from the Management Department of the University of Bologna. He has been a visiting scholar at the Wharton School, at the Stern School of Business and at the Sociology Department of the University of Pennsylvania. After obtaining the PhD he was a Marie Curie Fellow at Cass Business School, City University London and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Technology Management of the University of Cambridge. He is also an AIM Fellow and a lifetime member of Clare-Hall College in Cambridge. Ferriani’s current research employs a mix of qualitative techniques and large datasets to study the social sources of creativity. Ferriani is also working at the intersection of historical methods, lab experiments and network analysis to study how social valuation is shaped by the structure of evaluating audiences. His work has been published in various international journals and books, such us American Sociological Review, Organization Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Research Policy, Academy of Management Journal. Simone Ferriani is the Founding Director of ReActor, the largest Italian training program designed to foster the entrepreneurial talent of young scientists with innovative venturing ideas rooted in their research findings.

JOURNEYS: Session 3 and Session 4

The legitimation of novelty: a research agenda on the journey of novelty from the margins to the core

It is well known even intuitively that novelties destined to subvert the established way of doing things in a given world are often pushed forward by innovators who reside at the periphery of – and at times even outside – that world. The journey of novelty from the margins to the core is as captivating […]

JOURNEYS: Session 3

Overcoming the liability of novelty: the power of framing

When is novelty more likely to elicit a favorable evaluation? Building on social psychology research, which shows that mental construals influence evaluation and decision-making, and recent work on entrepreneurial storytelling, we argue that the attractiveness of novel ideas and the willingness to support them vary with the mental processes audiences use to evaluate them. We […]

JOURNEYS: Session 4