Management Faculty Collaborate, Build International Partnerships

The collaboration between Management area faculty and that of the Politecnico di Milano and the University of Milan Italy, continues to flourish after five years of development. Professor Luca Solari from the University of Milan taught in the Orfaela College of Business as a visiting professor during the 2013-14 academic year. This year, Stefano Cirella from the Politecnico di Milano joined Cal Poly as a visiting professor in the Management area. Orfalea College of Business Professor Jean-Francois Coget also recently returned from six month sabbatical as a visiting professor at the Politecnico di Milano.

The ongoing collaboration led to valuable research projects. David Sikora and Chris Zatzick collaborated with Luca Solari and Della Torreled on the development of a research paper titled “Human Capital and Organizational Productivity: The Impact of Collective Employees Inflows and Outflows.” The paper received the Best Paper Award at the 2014 Academy of Management Annual Conference, HR Division held in Philadelphia, Pa. Other collaborative research includes:

  • Coget, J.F., Shani, A. B. (Rami) & Solari, L., (2014), The Lone Genius, or Leaders who Tyrannize Their Creative Teams: An Alternative to the “Mothering” Model of Leadership and Creativity, Organizational Dynamics, 43, 105-113.
  • Arnabolidi M. & Coget, J.F. , Social Media and Business: We have been asking the wrong questions”, Organizational Dynamics, (forthcoming).
  • Cirella S., Radaelli G. and Shani A. B. (Rami), (2014), Team Creativity: A Complex Adaptive Perspective. Management Research Review, 37(7), 590-614.
  • Shani A.B. (Rami), Guerci M., Cirella S. (Eds.) (2014). Collaborative Management Research. Rome, Italy: Raffaello Cortina Editore.
  • Radaelli, G., Guerci, M., Cirella, S. and Shani, A. B. (Rami), (2014), Intervention Research as Management Research in Practice: Learning from a Case in the Fashion Design Industry. British Journal of Management. 25, 335-351.

The collaboration also resulted in exchange programs that enable our MBA students spend a quarter at the Politecnico di Milano while some of the MBA students from the Politecnico di Milano spend the winter quarter in the Orfalea College of Business’ MBA program. An exchange program for undergraduate student is currently at an advance stage of development.