Stefano Elia

Core Faculty | Associate Professor

Short Profile outline

Stefano Elia, Ph.D. in Management Engineering, is Associate Professor. He is “Dunning Visiting Fellow” at University of Reading, “Visiting Research Fellow” at University of Leeds and “Marie Curie Fellow” at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He joined the “Offshoring Research Network”, the European project “POREEN on Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China” and the European COST Action “The Emergence of Southern Multinationals and their impact on Europe”. He published in several international journals including Journal of International Business Studies, Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Research, Gl ...


PHD: Economics and Industrial Engineering SIPD , Inter-Polytechnic Ph.D. School Politecnico di Milano Torino and Bari.

Master of Science: Economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Economics Statistics and Social science, Bocconi University .

Academic course held at SOM

Economia (economia dei sistemi agroindustriali) [2]

Economia (economia dei sistemi agroindustriali) [2]

Economia (economia dei sistemi agroindustriali) [2]

Invest in foreign markets lab

Invest in foreign markets lab

Business models for internationalisation

Business models for internationalisation

Invest in foreign markets lab


His main research interests deal with: multinational firms from emerging countries, offshoring, global sourcing and global value chain, location and relocation choices of multinational companies, micro-foundation of international business, performance implication of foreign direct investments, international licenses and alliances.

Relevant Publications

Barbieri P.| Boffelli A.| Elia S.| Fratocchi L.| Kalchschmidt M.| Samson D. (2020), "What can we learn about reshoring after Covid-19?", Operations Management Research, 13, 131-136

Alon I.| Elia S.| Li S. (2020), "Greenfield or M&A? An institutional and learning perspective on the establishment mode choice of Chinese outward investments", Journal of International Management, 26

Elia S.| Kafouros M.| Buckley P.J. (2020), "The role of internationalization in enhancing the innovation performance of Chinese EMNEs: A geographic relational approach", Journal of International Management, 26

Elia S.| Munjal S.| Scalera V.G. (2020), "Sourcing Technological Knowledge Through Foreign Inward Licensing to Boost the Performance of Indian Firms: The Contingent Effects of Internal R&D and Business Group Affiliation", Management International Review, 60, 695-721

Barbieri Paolo; Elia Stefano; Fratocchi Luciano; Golini Ruggero, "Relocation of second degree: Moving towards a new place or returning home? ", JOURNAL OF PURCHASING AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, 25

Elia Stefano; Messeni Petruzzelli Antonio; Piscitello Lucia, "The impact of cultural diversity on innovation performance of MNC subsidiaries in strategic alliances", JOURNAL OF BUSINESS RESEARCH, 98, 204-213

Elia Stefano; Larsen Marcus; Piscitello Lucia, "Entry mode deviation: a behavioral approach to internalization theory", JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STUDIES, 50, 1359-1371

Vallone T.; Elia Stefano; Greve P.; Longoni L.; Marinelli D., "Top management team influence on firms’ internationalization complexity", Progress in International Business Research, 14, 199-226

Elia Stefano; Massini Silvia Narula Rajneesh, "Disintegration, modularity and entry mode choice: Mirroring technical and organizational architectures in business functions offshoring", JOURNAL OF BUSINESS RESEARCH, 103, 417-431

Albertoni Filippo; Elia Stefano; Piscitello Lucia, "Inertial vs. mindful repetition of previous entry mode choices: Do firms always learn from experience?", JOURNAL OF BUSINESS RESEARCH, 103, 530-546

Buckley P.J.; Elia Stefano; Kafouros M., "Acquisitions by emerging market multinationals: Implications for firm performance", The Global Factory: Networked Multinational Enterprises in the Modern Global Economy, 184-205

Albertoni Filippo;Elia Stefano;Massini Silvia;Piscitello Lucia, "The reshoring of business services: reaction to failure or coherent strategy?", JOURNAL OF WORLD BUSINESS, 52, 417-430

Elia Stefano;Santangelo G., "The evolution of strategic asset-seeking acquisitions by emerging multinationals", INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS REVIEW, 52, 855-866

Caniato Federico F. A.;Elia Stefano;Luzzini Davide;Piscitello Lucia;Ronchi Stefano, "Location drivers, governance model and performance in service offshoring", INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS, 163, 189-199

Piscitello Lucia;Elia Stefano;De Beule F., "Entry and access to competences abroad: Emerging market firms vs. advanced market firms", JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT, 20, 137-152

Mariotti Sergio;Piscitello Lucia;Elia Stefano, "Local externalities and ownership choices in foreign acquisitions by multinational enterprises", ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, 90, 187-211

Buckley P. J.;Elia Stefano;Kafouros Mario, "Acquisitions by emerging market multinationals: Implications for firm performance", JOURNAL OF WORLD BUSINESS, 49, 611-632

Caniato Federico F. A.;Elia Stefano;Luzzini Davide;Piscitello Lucia, "Governance choice in global sourcing of services: The impact on service quality and cost saving performance", GLOBAL STRATEGY JOURNAL, 4, 181-199

Grants, Awards and Honours

  • Gianluca Spina Award 2017 for teaching excellence and innovation
  • Best reviewer, AIB 2018 (Academy of International Business)
  • Best paper of the track, AIB 2017 (Academy of International Business)
  • Best paper of the track, AIB 2015 (Academy of International Business)
  • Best paper of the conference, AIB UKI 2014 (Academy of International Business)
  • Best professor, X-Culture challenge 2019

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