Angelo Cavallo

Core Faculty | Senior Assistant Professor

Short Profile outline

Angelo Cavallo, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Milano. His main research areas include Entrepreneurship and Innovation Strategy. Since 2019, he is core faculty member at the Polimi Graduate School of Management, where he serves as Director of the International Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is author of journal articles – appearing in outlets such as Technovation, Journal of Business Research, Technological Forecasting, and Social Change – book chapters, and conference proceedings. He is co-founder and Scientific Director of the Space Economy Observatory. He operates as an external advisor for both startup companies and large organizations.


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

Academic course held at SOM

Economia e Organizzazione Aziendale

Economia E Organizzazione Aziendale

Hi-Tech Entrepeneurship

Digital Business Innovation

Strategy & Marketing

Hi-Tech Entrepeneurship Lab: from Science to the market



Executive Education


Angelo Cavallo has a deep interest in understanding how digital technologies as pervasive enablers are reshaping organizations, influencing strategy-decision making, the entrepreneurial process and relative outcome of both new ventures and existing large organization (in need of renewal). Therefore, his main research interest includes: a) Digital Entrepreneurship; b) Corporate Entrepreneurship; ; c) Experiment-based Approaches to Entrepreneurship (e.g. Lean Startup; Agile; Growth Hacking); c) Digitally-enabled Business Model (BM) and Business Model Innovation (e.g. Platform BM; Space-Economy BM; Sharing-Economy BM); and, e) Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Venture Financing.

Relevant Publications

Cavallo A.| Ghezzi A.| Rossi-Lamastra C. (2021), "Small-medium enterprises and innovative startups in entrepreneurial ecosystems: exploring an under-remarked relation", International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 17, 1843-1866

Cavallo A.| Burgers H.| Ghezzi A.| Van de Vrande V. (2021, "The evolving nature of open innovation governance: A study of a digital platform development in collaboration with a big science centre", Technovation

Cavallo A.| Ghezzi A.| Rossi-Lamastra C. (2021), "Small-medium enterprises and innovative startups in entrepreneurial ecosystems: exploring an under-remarked relation", International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 17, 261-276

Cavallo A.| Ghezzi A.| Sanasi S. (2021), "Assessing entrepreneurial ecosystems through a strategic value network approach: evidence from the San Francisco Area", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 28, 261-276

Cavallo A.| Sanasi S.| Ghezzi A.| Rangone A. (2021), "Competitive intelligence and strategy formulation: connecting the dots", Competitiveness Review, 31, 250-275

Latilla V.M.M.| Urbinati A.| Cavallo A.| Franzò S.| Ghezzi A. (2021), "Organizational Re-Design for Business Model Innovation while Exploiting Digital Technologies: A Single Case Study of an Energy Company", International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 18

Ghezzi A.| Cavallo A. (2020), "Agile Business Model Innovation in Digital Entrepreneurship: Lean Startup Approaches", Journal of Business Research, 110, 519-537

Cavallo A.| Ghezzi A.| Colombelli A.| Casali G.L. (2020), "Agglomeration dynamics of innovative start-ups in Italy beyond the industrial district era", International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 16, 239-262

Cavallo A.| Ghezzi A.| Ruales Guzmán B.V. (2020), "Driving internationalization through business model innovation: Evidence from an AgTech company", Multinational Business Review, 28, 201-220

Sanasi S.| Ghezzi A.| Cavallo A.| Rangone A. (2020), "Making sense of the sharing economy: a business model innovation perspective", Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 32, 895-909

Cavallo A.| Ghezzi A.| Balocco R. (2019), "Entrepreneurial ecosystem research: present debates and future directions", International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 15, 1-31

Cavallo A.| Ghezzi A.| Dell'Era C.| Pellizzoni E. (2019), "Fostering digital entrepreneurship from startup to scaleup: the role of venture capital funds and angel groups", Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 145, 24-35

Balocco R.| Cavallo A.| Ghezzi A.| Berbegal-Mirabent J. (2019), "Lean business models change process in digital entrepreneurship", Business Process Management Journal, 25, 1520-1542

Grants, Awards and Honours

  • Award winner of the School of Management Research Impact Prize (Years 2015-2017). Category: “Overall Impact – Academia, Policy and Practice”, Project on “Entrepreneurship and Startup Development”.

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