UCL School of Management

Enrico Forti

Teaching Fellow
Research Associate
Phone number
(0)20 3108 1029
(internal 81029)
Office location
Level 38, 1 Canada Square
Rm NE4
Elsewhere

Biography

Enrico Forti is Research Associate and Teaching Fellow at UCL School of Management and Visiting Researcher at London Business School. Before joining UCL, Enrico received a PhD in Management from the University of Bologna and has been working as business analyst at Accenture.

Enrico does research at the intersection of entrepreneurship and strategic management with a focus on strategy evolution and contemporary industries that are migrating toward more fluid and project-based production. Among others, Enrico has worked with Enel, Lonza and the Italian Ministry of Economic Development.



Research

I do research at the intersection of entrepreneurship and strategic management with a focus on strategy evolution in the context of contemporary industries that are migrating toward more fluid and project-based production.

My current work tries to answer two main research questions: 1) why and how do organizations and individuals change their strategic behaviour, and 2) what is the impact of change on the performance of individuals and organizations.

My work is mainly driven by theoretical tensions in the organizational learning and categorization literatures, while also borrowing concepts from the fields of sociology and marketing. My empirical approach primarily involves econometric studies of naturally occurring data to investigate patterns of change and performance as well as the drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship. I have also employed qualitative analyses of historical case studies to explain inflection points in the process of strategy evolution and how entrepreneurial firms transition from exploration to exploitation. 

I am currently working on multiple projects at different stages of development and with a focus on industries ranging from regenerative medicine to semiconductors and entertainment.

Research projects

The social networks of academic inventors

Comparing the social networks of academic inventors and non-inventors to study the impact of patenting on scientific communities.

Change and performance in new product streams

Studying the performance implications of the coevolution of team composition and market categories in the context of temporary organizations

Strategic Discipline in New Technology Ventures

How do new firms that lack pre-defined capabilities and market positions develop a strategy for commercializing technological breakthroughs?
Selected publications
Forti, E., Franzoni, C., & Sobrero, M. (2013). Bridges or isolates? Investigating the social networks of academic inventors. Research Policy, 42 (8), 1378-1388. doi:10.1016/j.respol.2013.05.003 [link]
Forti, E., Sobrero, M., & Vezzulli, A. (2011). Managing trade-offs within and across decision domains: Continuity, change and new product performance. Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting - West Meets East: Enlightening. Balancing. Transcending, AOM 2011.
Forti, E., & Jong, S. (2014). When Ambidexterity Backfires: Strategic Discipline in New Technology Ventures. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2014 (1), 11111. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2014.143 [link]

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