Prior of joining the UCL School of Management, he was a Professor of Management at the Cass Business School, London, and Bocconi University, Milano, where he also received his PhD in Business Administration and Management. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Aalto School of Business, Helsinki, and has been visiting the Rotterdam School of Management, Copenhagen Business School, University of Lugano, and at the International Hellenic University of Thessaloniki.
He has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Management Studies (2010-2013) and sits on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Management, the Journal of Management Studies, and Strategic Organization. He is currently serving as Chair of the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management.
Davide’s research primarily examines interrelations among organizational identity, culture, and strategy in times of change. He has also investigated how designers work and how they contribute to strategic change and innovation in small business and large corporations. He is interested more generally in cultural-cognitive processes influencing how new objects and practices come to be, and whether and how they are valued and adopted by individuals and organizations. He is particularly interested in traditional and new forms of craftsmanship and craft production.
One of his latest studies examined how artefacts collected in corporate museums and archives enable organizations to use history, memory, and heritage as valuable resources for design and innovation. Based on this study, he curated an exhibition entitled Che Storie! Oggetti, miti e memorie dalle collezioni dei musei e degli archivi d‘impresa [tr. What stories! Objects, myths and memories from the collections of corporate museums and archives], Milano, April-May 2013.
His research is mainly based on case studies and grounded theory and it has been published - or is forthcoming - on Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies,Strategic Organization, and Journal of Business Venturing among others. He is also a co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Organizational Identity.