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Dipartimento di Management
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Sede: San Giobbe
Ca' Foscari Competency Centre (CFCC)
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Sede: Ca' Dolfin - Saoneria
Research Institute
Research Institute for Innovation Management


Current academic position

Sara Bonesso is Associate Professor of Business Organization and Human Resources Management at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where she received in 2007 her Ph.D. in Management with a doctoral dissertation on “‘Knowledge dimensions and technology sourcing modes’”.

She is one of the founder and the Vice Director of the Ca' Foscari Competency Centre (a research centre aimed to o improve individuals' performance and employability through the development of behavioral competencies) and member of the Teaching Committee of the Ph.D. program in Management.

She is also Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology (section Organizational Psychology). In 2018 she was appointed as member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations.


Related academic experience and visiting positions

She has been visiting Ph.D. student at the Industrial Performance Center Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA) and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (Karlsruhe, Germany). Between 2007 and 2010, she was lecturer at the Department of Management of Ca’ Foscari University Venice and she received a PostDoctor Fellowship on the research program “Absorptive Capacity: dimensions, antecedents and performance”. In 2013 she earned the Weatherhead Executive Coaching Certificate from Case Western Reserve University.


Research interests

Her research interests embrace the fields of Organizational Design, Human Resources Management and Organizational Behaviour. Some of her recent research works include:

  • Inter-firm competency modeling
  • Assessment and development of emotional and social competencies
  • The impact of behavioral competencies on entrepreneurial intent, innovation, employability and career development
  • Knowledge attributes of New Product Development projects as antecedents of technology sourcing
  • Open Innovation and Absorptive Capacity’s organizational practicesŸ
  • Inter-firm technology transfer process and the role of Knowledge Transfer Organizations
  •  Ambidexterity at the individual level of analysis


Research Projects

She has been in charge of several research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Research, the European Social Fund, and regional institutions.

  •  “Ricerca scientifica e competitività. Varietà delle forme di impresa, sistemi di supporto e dimensioni di performance.” Programma di Ricerca scientifica di rilevante Interesse Nazionale (PRIN) anno 2010-2011 prot. 2010744K3S_011.
  • “Complementarità organizzative, invarianza, variabilità e performance innovativa delle PMI italiane”.  Programma di Ricerca scientifica di rilevante Interesse Nazionale (PRIN – DM n. 582/2006 del 24 marzo 2006 – prot. N. 2006135741),
  • Organisational Approach of Self-controlled Instrument for qualification demand in SME (OASI) Progetto Leonardo da Vinci Programma d’azione comunitaria in materia di formazione professionale – Progetti pilota – Fase 2000-2006 – Progetto I/03/B/F/pp-154063.
  •  “Management dell’innovazione per reti di impresa – Main.Reim” Rif. L.r. 18.05.2007, n. 9 “Piano strategico regionale per la ricerca scientifica, lo sviluppo tecnologico e l’innovazione 2008/2010” – Bando per la concessione di contributi a sostegno di attività di ricerca industriale, sviluppo sperimentale, innovazione e diffusione del trasferimento tecnologico – fase 2.
  •  “Skills per l'innovazione - Skill-Inn”. Skill-Inn n. 1075/1/1/1758/2009 - POR FSE 2007/2013 Ob. Competitività Regionale e Occupazione Asse IV – Capitale Umano – Cat. 72 Avvio Azioni di sistema per la realizzazione di strumenti operativi a supporto dei processi di riconoscimento, validazione e certificazione delle competenze – Anno 2009 – DGR n. 1758 del 16 giugno 2009 della Regione Veneto con finanziamento da parte dell’Unione Europea – FSE, del Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali e Regione Veneto.
  • Modelli e strumenti competency-based a supporto dello sviluppo e dell'innovazione di prodotto. Progetto finanziato dal Fondo Sociale Europeo POR 2007/2013 ob. Competitività Regionale e Occupazione. Sviluppo del potenziale umano nella ricerca e nell'innovazione, DDR n° 456 del 17/12/2013. FSE 2120/1/2/1148/2013.

  • 2011-2012. “Orientamento universitario e mondo del lavoro: competenze trasversali e nuove strategie didattiche”. Project funded by Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato e Agricoltura di Venezia.
  • 2007-2008. “Open Innovation nel Veneto. Un’indagine preliminare”. Project funded by Consiglio Regionale del Veneto.
  •  2005-2006. “Innovare per competere: tecnologie, imprese e istituzioni nel Veneto post-industriale”. Project funded by Veneto Innovazione, agenzia regionale per l’innovazione
  • 2004-2005. "Innovazione organizzativa e tecnologica e competitività aziendale delle imprese artigiane. Il caso della metalmeccanica padovana". Project funded by Unione Provinciale Artigiani (UPA) Padova.  


Her research products have been presented in several international and national conferences such as EURAM (European Academy of Management), BAM (British academy of management), AOM (Academy of Management), DRUID, EGOS (European Group of Organizational Studies), IPDMC (International Product Development Management Conference), ICEI (International Congress of Emotional Intelligence) and ISBE (Institute for Small Business Entrepreneurship). Her research work has been published in various journals, including Creativity and Innovation Management (Wiley), Journal of Small Business Management (Wiley), Frontiers in Organizational Psychology, Technovation (Elsevier Publisher), The Journal of Technology Transfer (Springer Publisher), European Management Journal (Elsevier Publisher).



2011 -  Award for Best Research, Department of Management, Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

2015 - Best Paper in Networks and Innovation Track, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship for the paper: Gerli, Bonesso, Cortellazzo, 2015, Entrepreneurs' behavioural competencies and social network for innovation generation, ISBE Conference, Glasgow.

2015 - Wharton-QS Stars "Reimagine Education" Awards, shortlisted project "PerFORMARE EmotivaMENTE", section "Nurturing Employability", Philadelphia.

2017- Best Paper Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, for the paper: Bruni, Bonesso, Gerli, 2017. Metaphors for Innovation: How Entrepreneurs Narrate Different Types of Innovation.  Academy of  Management, Atlanta (Georgia, USA).