Bliss benefits from very heterogeneous research competences and capabilities, including expertise in the different disciplines of management, economics, mathematics and statistics. Although researchers are mainly based at the Department of Management, Bliss can boast the exceptional contribution of associate fellows from other universities and the best international research centers on wide range of topics, including the social, ethical and legal aspects of data analytics and management. Bliss is keen to welcome students and early career researchers (Ph.D. and postdoc fellows) and willing to actively involve them in its current projects.
Core team: faculty fellows
Professor - Scientific director
Francesco's research explores self-organized digital innovation, social innovation and social entrepreneurship, mainly by means of big data analytics, but also by formal modeling, and theoretical and qualitative methods. He has led and/or participated in projects financed by the European Union (e.g., H2020), National and Regional Authorities (e.g., PRIN; POR FSE), companies and their associations (e.g., RetImpresa) and NGO's (e.g., ActionAid). He published in Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Industrial and Corporate Change, and others.
Assistant professor - Deputy director
Massimiliano's main research interests include digital transformation and data-driven innovation both at the regional and firm level, with particular focus on service industries – e.g. banking & insurance, culture & creativity. He teaches Business Analytics and explore the application of different machine learning algorithms to understand and predict consumer behavior.
Massimo has held visiting positions in numerous international universities and research centers. His main current research interests concern applications of Natural Language Processing and machine learning to social sciences and history, culture language and interaction, the emergence of organization.
Marisa's research interests focus on accounting reporting. Specifically, they include accounting fraud analysis, accounting history, integrated reporting and CSR, big data in accounting. Specifically, she is working on the impact of Big Data (BD) and Analytics (BDA) on accounting according to two main perspectives. First, the analysis of the relationship between BD-BDA and firm performance requires to consider both opportunities and challenges for several involved stakeholders. Second, the impact of the digital transformation on corporate non-financial disclosure is strictly related to sustainability issues.
Daria's current research interests include sustainability of technology companies, algorithmic accountability, ethical and societal implications of big data, algorithms and AI.
Deputy director fo the Ca' Foscari Competency Center
Digitalization is dramatically changing organizational workplace by adding new professional roles, modifying the individual competency profiles as well as radically changing the way leaders interact with their followers. Adopting a micro perspective, her research interests primarily lie in: the analysis of the emotional and social intelligence competency profiles of the emerging digital role and their impact on the individual performance; the understanding of how leader’s characteristics and the leadership process is influenced by the digitalization process.
Anna studies how modular design applies to services with a focus on the impact that digitalization has on service architecture and on how digital services are designed and developed. Anna also studies Industry 4.0 in the automotive industry and the impact of digital technologies on firms in the luxury fashion industry.
Francesca's research focuses on how social networks and website contents affect consumer behaviours and how companies approach digital marketing activities. In particular, she is studying the role of visual contents in the marketing strategy and the features able to generate engagement and new brand associations. Moreover, her research is trying to measure how user generated contents and branded generated contents impact on firm performance.
Giovanni has been studying possible models to support a technical analysis of the blockchains, which represent distributed ledgers for data structures and digital information. Specific technical issues are represented by possible dissimilarities among different blockchains, with a specific focus on privacy of data. As a related issue, Giovanni’s interest includes short-term and long-term models for crypto assets, including Bitcoin and altcoins, which are based on blockchain technology.
Claudio's primary research interests concern competitive dynamics and product innovation in rapidly changing technological and institutional environments. Claudio has primarily used the mobile phone industry, at all levels of the value chain, as research setting for his analyses, with a particular focus on competitive strategies of handset vendors and digital platform businesses.
Director of Ca' Foscari Competency Centre
Adopting a micro perspective, his research interests primarily lie in: the analysis of the emotional and social intelligence competency profiles of the emerging digital role and their impact on the individual performance; the understanding of how leader’s characteristics and the leadership process is influenced by the digitalization process.
Raffaelle's research interests are in the field of operations research and optimization. They can be framed within the prespective analytics (development of optimization models) and in the prespective automation (development of algorithms). Specifically, Raffaele’s research is focused on complex systems where multiple decision makers manage flows of both physical entities and information, e.g., transportation systems, supply chains, biological systems. Both the theoretical and practical aspects are considered. He has been involved in different third mission projects dealing with transportation systems, supply chains, and public administration decision making.
Ugo's research interests lie in the impact of digital transformation on financial services (fintech). Among them, I am especially interested in financial advisory (for instance roboadvisory) and digital lending, for instance peer to peer lending, crowdfunding and invoice trading.
Marco's primary interest is the development of probabilistic models of interaction (interacting agents) and therefore I research in the field of social interactions and their mainly economic applications.
His key topics include: Complex systems and interacting agents, diffusion of innovation, decision theory, optimal control, social interactions, opinion dynamics, data-driven inventory management.
Scientific director of CAMI, Center for Automotive and Mobility Innovation
Coordinator of the PhD in Management
Fesearch associate of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation, Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA and of Istituto di Ricerche sulle Innovazione e Servizi per lo Sviluppo (IRISS), Italian National Research Council (CNR).
Francesco’s interests include strategy and organization design with a specific focus on organization boundary decisions, network governance and the organization of innovation processes.
Professor, Department of Economics, Ca' Foscari University
Giancarlo's research topics are the Regional Innovation Systems and the study of Economic complexity as structural condition for long run growth. He is director of the School of Economics, Languages, and Entrepreneurship for International Trade at Ca’ Foscari University, and coordinator of The Competitiveness and Global Markets Centre at Fondazione Nord Est.
Senior lecturer and director of the Modular Executive MBA, Cass Business School, City, University of London
Alessandro's research investigates the processes through which innovation can be facilitated in entrepreneurial ecosystems mainly from the perspective of 'pro-social' intermediary organizations such as incubators, accelerators, venture associations, government agencies, etc. He is particularly interested in business model innovation, particularly if digitally-enabled and/or for social innovation. Current research projects include work on a) the orchestration of impact innovation in sub-Saharan Africa; b) institutional rejuvenation in a large league of cooperatives via open innovation initiatives; c) pitching by social entrepreneurs in social incubators; d) faith-based innovation networks in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.
Associate professor, DEMS,Bicocca University Milano
Marco is co-founder of "Despina", the big data lab researching on how data generated by the digitization process impact both research and society. He does teaching, research, and consulting in the area of advanced analytics and big data applied to economics, business intelligence, and policy. His main focus is on technology and innovation.
Professor, Cass Business School, City, University of London
Neil's current research interests include uses of artificial intelligence to augment human creativity and enhancing design methods and tools to generate more creative solutions. He is currently director of the Centre for Creativity enabled by AI. He has been a principal and co-investigator on numerous EPSRC- and EU-funded research projects with a total value of over £63million. He has published over 220 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, conferences and workshops proceedings. He was Program Chair for the 12th IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering in Kyoto in 2004, and Editor of the IEEE Software’s Requirements column from 2005-2013.
Alessandro Marra [ITA]
Associate professor, University of Chieti and Pescara
Alessandro carries out research activities on high-tech and digital industries, investigating firms’ specializations and clusters, business and technological proximity, and networks of coopetition, and exploring innovative trajectories and technological change, knowledge exchange and flows, and partner selection.
Post-doc researcher, European Centre for Living Technology (ECLT)
Teresa worked as research associate at the University of Bristol (UK). She got a master degree in Digital Humanities and a PhD in Computer Science from Ca' Foscari University. Her main research interests lay at the intersection between Computer Science and Philosophy. In particular, her focus areas include the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to human-decision making, the role of data and algorithms in social regulation, the governance and the philosophical roots of AI. Currently, she is working on the AI4EU project where she coordinates the Observatory on Society and AI and the working group on Ethical and Legal AI.
Professor, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Roberto is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Databases and Big Data. His interests also expand to Ethics and AI, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is the founder of the "Frankfurt Big Data Lab" at the Goethe University Frankfurt, and the editor of the "ODBMS.org" web portal and of the "ODBMS Industry Watch Blog". Roberto is leading together with a team of international experts the definition of an assessment process for Ethical AI, called Z-Inspection. Over the past five years he has been visiting professor at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology within the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley (USA).
Post-doc researcher, Agrifood Management and Innovation Lab
Chiara holds a Ph.D. in Socioeconomics at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Management Engineering and Real Estate at Economics University of Padua.
Her research interests include: social technologies and recommender systems; User experience in technology mediated environment (e.g., e-commerce, e-health, inclusive governments, and environmentally sustainable platforms) and software application usage; Innovative approaches for product/service personalization processes by implementing Online Sales Configurators as software of knowledge management and users' co-design; Digital and Food: jumpstarting the digital business ecosystem in the Agri-food industry
Narmin investigates into the relationship between finance and artificial intelligence, in particular on the impact that AI can have on corporate finance and specifically on mergers and acquisitions.