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Professor Beatrice D'Ippolito
Chair in Strategic Management and Innovation



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 innovation and strategy journals such as Research Policy, Long Range Planning, Industry and Innovation, Technovation, and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. As of January 2022, she has joined the Editorial Review Board of Research Policy and Journal of Management Studies. 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. 


PhD, University of Manchester, UK (ESRC Fellowship)

MRes, University of Manchester, UK (ESRC Fellowship)

MSc, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

BBA, University of Lancaster, UK

Departmental roles

Risk, Innovation, and the Economy Theme Lead



Professor 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.


Full publications list

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Tschang, T., D'Ippolito, B., Chaboud, M.-C. (n.d.). The many varieties of prototyping interactive experience: Videogame prototypes and representations as "social prototyping". Forthcoming in Entreprises et Histoire.

Sabaruddin, L.O., MacBryde, J., D'Ippolito, B., Forthcoming. The dark side of business model innovation. International Journal of Management Reviews, [IF: 13.42; ABS Level 3]

Simeone, L., D'Ippolito, B.Forthcoming. The potential of design-driven foresight to support strategy articulation through experiential learning. Long Range Planning, [IF: 8.802; ABS Level 3]

Hamilton, S., D'Ippolito, B., 2022. From Monsanto to 'Monsatan': Ownership and control of history as a strategic resource. Business History 64(6), 1030-1070. [IF: 1.010; ABS Level 4]

Corradini, C., D'Ippolito, B., 2022. Persistence and learning effects in design innovation: Evidence from panel data, Research Policy 51(2), 104452. [IF: 8.110; ABS Level 4*]

Mejia, K., D’Ippolito, B., Kajikawa, Y., 2021. Major and recent trends in creativity research: an overview of the field with the aid of computational methods. Creativity and Innovation Management 30(3), 475-497. [IF: 2.113; ABS Level 2]

D’Ippolito B., Petruzzelli A., Panniello U., 2019. Archetypes of incumbents' strategic responses to digital innovation. Journal of Intellectual Capital 20(5), 662-679. [IF: 3.744; ABS Level 2]

D’Ippolito B., Rüling C., 2019. Scientific collaboration in Large Scale Research Infrastructures: Collaboration types and policy implications. Research Policy 48(5), 1282-1296. [IF: 8.110; ABS Level 4*]

Vernay A.L., D’Ippolito B., Pinkse J., 2018. Can the government create a vibrant cluster? Understanding the impact of cluster policy on the development of a cluster, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development 30(7-8), 901-919. [IF: 2.928; ABS Level 3]

Pinkse J., Vernay A.L., D’Ippolito B., 2018. An organisational perspective on the cluster paradox: Exploring how members of a cluster manage the tension between continuity and renewal, Research Policy 47(3), 674-685. [IF: 8.110; ABS Level 4*]

Smits R., Higson A., Mateer J., Jones H.D., D’Ippolito B., 2018. Distributing Films Online. The Farm Group, London, 27 April 2017. Journal of British Cinema and Television 15(2), 291-299.

Filippetti A., D’Ippolito B., 2017. Appropriability of design innovation across organisational boundaries: exploring collaborative relationships between manufacturing firms and designers in Italy. Industry and Innovation 24(6), 613-632. [IF: 3.157; ABS Level 3]

D'Ippolito B., Timpano F., 2016. The role of non-technological innovations in services: the case of food retailing, Creativity and Innovation Management 25(1), 73-89. [IF: 2.015; ABS Level 2]

D’Ippolito B., 2015. Conventional and less conventional mechanisms of professionalisation underpinning knowledge-intensive activities: the case of design in food industries. Industry and Innovation 24(6), 613-632. [IF: 3.157; ABS Level 3]

D’Ippolito B., Miozzo M., Consoli D., 2014. Knowledge systematisation, reconfiguration and the organisation of firms and industry: the case of design, Research Policy 43(8), 1334-1352. [IF: 8.110; ABS Level 4*]

D’Ippolito B., 2014. The importance of design for firms’ competitiveness: a review of the literature, Technovation 34 (11), 716-730. [IF: 11.46; ABS Level 3]

Book Contributions

D'Ippolito B., Rüling C.C. (2020). Keeping a Research Infrastructure alive: Material, social, and political work at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL). In: Cramer K.C. and Hallonsten O. (Eds.), Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe, Lund University, Sweden, Edward Elgar, pp 232-250, DOI:

D’Ippolito B., Timpano F., 2009. “Le politiche per l’innovazione ed il supporto del capitale di rischio (Policies for the innovation and support of risk capital)”, In: Mazzoli, M. and Timpano, F. (edited by) Sviluppo, Innovazione e Mercati Finanziari (Development, Innovation and Financial Markets), Rubbettino Editore, Series: CESPEM, Mario Arcelli.


Spaapen, J., van Drooge, L., Propp, T., van der Meulen, B., Shinn, T., Marcovich, A., van den Besselaar, P., de Jong, S., Barker, K., Cox, D., Morrison, K., Sveinsdottir, T., Pearson, D., D’Ippolito, B., Prins, A., Molas-Gallart, J., Tang, P. and Castro-Martínez, E. (2011) “Social impact assessment methods for research and funding instruments through the study of productive interactions between science and society”, SiAMPI Final Report submitted to the European Commission

Other Publications

D’Ippolito, B. (2016) “Aesthetics, Food, and Innovation”, Conversational Piece hosted by Researchista – Communication in Research.

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