Evila Piva

Core Faculty | Full Professor

Short Profile outline

Responsible for the quality assurance of BSc and MSc in Management Engineering

Evila Piva is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Politecnico di Milano, co-Director of the International Part time MBA and Exchange Programs Director at Polimi Graduate School of Management, Delegate for the Bachelor program in Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. She is member of the Italian Association of Managerial Engineering (AiIg) and she has been member of the Strategic Management Society and of the Academy of Management. She has been supervisor or member of the guidance/reading committees of 5 PhD students. She has been involved in the design of teaching courses at MSc, PhD and executive levels and in the organization of 9 conferences, conference tracks or work ...


PHD: Management Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.

Master of Science: Management Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.

Academic course held at SOM

Economia E Organizzazione Aziendale

Economia E Organizzazione Aziendale

Organizzazione Di Impresa (Integr.)

Project Work + Prova Finale

Economia E Organizzazione Aziendale

Economia e organizzazione aziendale

Economia e organizzazione aziendale

Economia e organizzazione aziendale

Economia e organizzazione aziendale

Economia e organizzazione aziendale

Entrepreneurship Economics

High-Tech Startups: Creating And Scaling Up I

Sustainable Entrepreneurship Workshop

Entrepreneurship Economics

High-Tech Startups: Creating And Scaling Up I

Entrepreneurship Economics

Entrepreneurship Economics And Policy

Entrepreneurship economics and policy

High-tech entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship economics and policy

Entrepreneurship economics and policy

Entrepreneurship economics and policy

Entrepreneurship economics and policy

Hi-Tech Entrepeneurship Lab: from Science to the market

Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance



Specializing Masters

Executive Education



Specializing masters


The areas of research of Evila Piva include: economics and managerial aspects of crowdfunding with special focus on the strategic decisions and performance of crowdfunding platforms, student and academic entrepreneurship, economics and managerial aspects of collaborations of high-tech start-ups, organizational design of high-tech start-ups, new firm creation and growth. On these topics, she has published more than 30 papers on international peer-reviewed journals. She is associate editor of the Journal of Small Business Management and she is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Industrial and Business Economics.

Relevant Publications

Colombo M.G.| Piva E.| Quas A.| Rossi-Lamastra C. (2021), "Dynamic capabilities and high-tech entrepreneurial ventures’ performance in the aftermath of an environmental jolt", Long Range Planning, 54

Colombo M.G.| Piva E. (2020), "Start-ups launched by recent STEM university graduates: The impact of university education on entrepreneurial entry", Research Policy, 49

Dushnitsky G.| Piva E.| Rossi-Lamastra C. (2020), "Investigating the mix of strategic choices and performance of transaction platforms: Evidence from the crowdfunding setting", Strategic Management Journal

Colombo M.G.| Piva E., "Knowledge misappropriation risks and contractual complexity in entrepreneurial ventures’ non-equity alliances", Small Business Economics, 53, 107-127

Piva E.| Rossi-Lamastra C., "Human capital signals and entrepreneurs’ success in equity crowdfunding", Small Business Economics, 51, 667-686

Piva E., "Time allocation behaviours of entrepreneurs: the impact of individual entrepreneurial orientation", Economia e Politica Industriale, 45, 493-518

Piva Evila;Rossi Lamastra Cristina, "Should I sell my shares to an external buyer? The role of the entrepreneurial team in entrepreneurial exit", INTERNATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS JOURNAL, 35, 767-784

Huyghe Annelore;Knockaert Mirjam;Piva Evila;Wright Mike, "Are researchers deliberately bypassing the technology transfer office? An analysis of TTO awareness", SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMICS, 47, 589-607

Dushnitsky G.;Guerini Massimiliano;Piva Evila;Rossi Lamastra Cristina, "Crowdfunding in Europe: Determinants of platforms’ creation across countries", CALIFORNIA MANAGEMENT REVIEW, 58, 44-71

Colombo Massimo G.;Piva Evila;Quas Anita;Rossi Lamastra Cristina, "How high-tech entrepreneurial ventures cope with the global crisis: changes in product innovation and internationalization strategies", INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION, 23, 647-671

Colombo Massimo G.;Doganova L.;Piva Evila;D'Adda Diego;Mustar P., "Hybrid alliances and radical innovation: the performance implications of integrating exploration and exploitation", THE JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, 40, 696-722

Colombo Massimo G.;Piva Evila;Rossi Lamastra Cristina, "The sensitivity of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures' employment to a sales contraction in a negative growth scenario: The moderating role of venture capital financing", MANAGERIAL AND DECISION ECONOMICS, 35, 73-87

Colombo Massimo G.;Piva Evila;Rossi Lamastra Cristina, "Open innovation and within-industry diversification in small and medium enterprises: The case of open source software firms", RESEARCH POLICY, 43, 891-902

Colombo Massimo G.;De Massis Alfredo;Piva Evila;Rossi Lamastra Cristina;Wright Mike, "Sales and employment changes in entrepreneurial ventures with family ownership: Empirical evidence from high-tech industries", JOURNAL OF SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, 52, 226-245

Huyghe Annelore;Knockaert Mirjam;Wright Mike;Piva Evila, "Technology transfer offices as boundary spanners in the pre-spin-off process: The case of a hybrid model", SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMICS, 43, 289-307

Colombo Massimo G.;Piva Evila;Rossi Lamastra Cristina, "Authorizing employees to collaborate with communities during working hours: When is it valuable for firms?", LONG RANGE PLANNING, 46, 236-257

Piva Evila;Rossi Lamastra Cristina;De Massis Alfredo, "Family firms and internationalization: an exploratory study on high-tech entrepreneurial ventures", JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, 11, 108-129

Piva Evila;Rossi Lamastra Cristina, "Systems of indicators to evaluate the performance of university-industry alliances.", MEASURING BUSINESS EXCELLENCE, 17, 40-54

Grants, Awards and Honours

  • Award "Early career podter competition". First PRIME network of Excellence Annual Conference of Network of Excellence, 07/01/2005 - 08/01/2005
  • Best Paper Award in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Finance for the paper “Academic start-ups and other new technology-based firms: Are they different?”, 35 EISB Conference 2005, 12/09/2005 - 14/09/2005
  • Best Paper Award in Innovation and Finance for the paper “When do university-based knowledge spillovers influence the growth of NTBFs?”, XX RENT Conference 2006 , 23/11/2006 - 24/11/2006
  • Nomination for the SMS Best Conference Paper for Practical Implication for the paper “Mitigating transaction hazards of inter-firm alliances: The interplay of governance form and contractual complexity”, 32nd Strategic Management Society Annual International Conference 2012, 06/10/2012 - 09/10/2012
  • Premio Catedra UAM-Accenture en Economia Y Gestion de la Innovacion, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid for the paper "The innovation impact of the allocation of decision authority in the acquisition of high-tech start-ups: integrating competence- and resource-based theories with multi-task agency theory", 11/01/2010 - 11/01/2010

Service to the community

  • Vice Director of the Research Group Academic Entrepreneurship, 01/03/2007 - to date
  • Director - Advanced Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MIP, 01/09/2016 - to date
  • Co-director of
  • Member of the PhD Board - PhD in Management Engineering, 01/01/2012 - to date
  • Member of editorial team of "Localizzazione, Innovazione e Crescita delle Giovani Imprese ad Alta Tecnologia. Il caso della provincia di Milano". Franco Anegli, 2006, Italia
  • Member of Advisoty Board of Journal of Industrial and Business Economics (Scopus)
  • Associate editor of Journal of Small Business Management (ISI and Scopus)
  • Reviewer for: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Long Range Planning, Organization Studies, Journal of Technology Transfer, Journal of Small Business Management, Small Business Economics, R&D Management, Journal of Urban Planning and Development, European Management Review, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, Asia Pacific Management Review.

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