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Dr Giacomo Carli

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Strategic Management
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for Strategy and Marketing
  • giacomo.carli

Professional biography

Giacomo is a Lecturer in Strategic Management at The Open University Business School. After the completion of his PhD in Management in 2012 at the University of Bologna in Italy, he was awarded a PostDoc scholarship at the at the Department of Management  and worked as a project manager for a EU-funded research project on innovation in agriculture. Giacomo had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant at Bocconi University and a visiting PhD student at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Giacomo holds a Master’s and Bachelor Degree in Engineering Management, he worked as a management consultant in strategic and organizational change projects in large companies, and he is a Fellow of the High Education Academy.

Research interests

Giacomo's research interests are inspired to the capability-view of the firm. During his PhD, he studied the process of development of dynamic capabilities. Now he focuses on the relationship between capabilities and organizational values. His primary research settings are professional service firms and consulting companies.

  • Organizational capabilities 
  • Dynamic capabilities
  • Organizational identity and values
  • Professional service firms
  • Management consulting

During the PostDoc at the University of Bologna, Giacomo developed a specific background on agriculture and food innovation, which is now part of his research agenda, in combination with an interest on business model innovation. He has been working with several international partners and intitutions at EU-funded reasearch projects.

  • Business Model Innovation
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture
  • Technology adoption in agriculture

Teaching interests

  • Strategic management
    • Competitive strategy
    • Business models
    • Strategic analysis
    • Strategy implementation
  • Organizational change
    • Business process analysis and modeling
    • Change management
  • Project management

External collaborations


One size does not fit all: the influence of individual and contextual factors on research excellence in academia (2018)
Carli, Giacomo; Tagliaventi, Maria Rita and Cutolo, Donato
Studies in Higher Education ((In Press))
The role of brokers and social identities in the development of capabilities in Global Virtual Teams (2017)
Mattarelli, Elisa; Tagliaventi, Maria Rita; Carli, Giacomo and Gupta, Amar
Journal of International Management, 23 (pp. 382-398)
Farm management information systems: Current situation and future perspectives (2015-07)
Fountas, S.; Carli, G.; Sørensen, C.G.; Tsiropoulos, Z.; Cavalaris, C.; Vatsanidou, A.; Liakos, B.; Canavari, M.; Wiebensohn, J. and Tisserye, B.
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 115 (pp. 40-50)
Promoting Entrepreneurship in the Agri-food Industry: Policy Insights from a Pan-European Public–Private Consortium (2015)
Bolzani, Daniela; Carli, Giacomo; Fini, Riccardo and Sobrero, Maurizio
Industry and Innovation, 22(8) (pp. 753-784)
What really matters? A qualitative analysis on the adoption of innovations in agriculture (2015)
Pignatti, Erika; Carli, Giacomo and Canavari, Maurizio
Journal of Agricultural Informatics, 6(4)
Introducing Activity-Based Costing in Farm Management: The Design of the FarmBO System (2014)
Carli, Giacomo; Canavari, Maurizio and Grandi, Alessandro
International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems, 5(4) (pp. 69-84)
Future Perspectives of Farm Management Information Systems (2017)
Tsiropoulos, Zisis; Carli, Giacomo; Pignatti, Erika and Fountas, Spyros
In: Pedersen, Søren Marcus and Lind, Kim Martin eds. Precision Agriculture: Technology and Economic Perspectives. Progress in Precision Agriculture (pp. 181-200)
ISBN : 978-3-319-68713-1 | Publisher : Springer
How to Model the Adoption and Perception of Precision Agriculture Technologies (2017)
Carli, Giacomo; Xhakollari, Vilma and Tagliaventi, Maria Rita
In: Pedersen, Søren Marcus and Lind, Kim Martin eds. Precision Agriculture: Technology and Economic Perspectives. Progress in Precision Agriculture (pp. 223-249)
ISBN : 978-3-319-68713-1 | Publisher : Springer
Doing what you are or becoming what you do: the interplay between identity and dynamic capabilities (2014)
Carli, Giacomo; Mattarelli, Elisa and Tagliaventi, Maria Rita
In : Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2014 (1-5 Aug 2014, Philadelphia, PA)
Capability building from management consulting projects: evidence from case studies (2014)
Carli, Giacomo; Tagliaventi, Maria Rita and Grandi, Alessandro
In : Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2014 (1-5 Aug 2014, Philadelphia, PA)