Beatrice D'Ippolito

Beatrice D'Ippolito

Prof, PhD in Economics and Management of Innovation

  • Prof Strategic Management and Innovation, Management
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Beatrice D'Ippolito is Chair in Strategic Management and Innovation. Her research focuses on the emergence and development of mechanisms of knowledge creation and diffusion that connect the micro level of firm dynamics with the meso level of industry evolution. She conducted extensive qualitative and archival research within organisations of small to large sizes across different sectors.

Throughout her career, Professor D'Ippolito's has developed interest in how inter-firm collaborations may yield innovation and constitute source of growth. She has conducted research on this subject across different empirical contexts, including the design-intensive furniture sectors in Italy, a range of large-scale research infrastructures based within the French GIANT campus, Grenoble, and the new energy technologies firms belonging to the French Tenerrdis cluster, Rhone-Alpes.

Currently, Professor D'Ippolito is working on a wide array of projects that relate to, among others, the role of design in shaping firms' strategy-making, the way organisations embrace the potential of digital technologies with a focus on creative industries, and the nature and dynamics of the processes that characterise business model innovation.

Professor D'Ippolito's research has been published in top-tier academic journals such as Research Policy, Industry and Innovation, Technovation, and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. She is willing to supervise PhD candidates in the areas of design and innovation management, including but not limited to the role that digital technologies play in the organisation and management of firms.

Departmental role: Lead of the Research Theme "Risk, Innovation and the Economy" (November 2020-to date).

Editorial duties: Editorial review board member for Research Policy and Journal of Management Studies (January 2022-to date).



PhD | 2012, University of Manchester, UK (ESRC Fellowship)

MRes | 2008, University of Manchester, UK (ESRC Fellowship)

MSc | 2007, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

BBA | 2006, University of Lancaster, UK

Research interests

Dr D'Ippolito's ongoing research cuts across the following research areas:

  • Firm- and industry-level dynamics of knowledge systematisation and reconfiguration
  • Design as a process, as an activity, and as trigger of innovation
  • The influence of digital technologies on firms' innovative activities
  • Inter-firm collaborations as a source of innovation

She is currently engaged in case study and archival research through the combination of different qualitative research methods.

Employment History

Sept 2009-Dec 2012: Research and Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Manchester, UK

Jan 2013-May 2014: Research Fellow, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

June 2014-Nov 2018: Lecturer in Strategic Management, University of York, UK

Dec 2018-Aug 2021: Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management, University of York, UK

Oct 2021-to date: Professor in Strategic Management and Innovation, University of York, UK

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