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Publication date: 3 June 2019

Valerio V. De Luca, Alessandro Margherita and Giuseppina Passiante

Crowdfunding (CF) is a fast-developing and multifaceted phenomenon at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology, finance and sociology. Although it is an…

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Purpose

Crowdfunding (CF) is a fast-developing and multifaceted phenomenon at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology, finance and sociology. Although it is an alternative way to fund innovative projects using the internet, CF can provide great value other than money. Nevertheless, only few studies have been conducted to shed light on such additional benefits. The purpose of this paper is to present an integrative model of benefits of CF for the successful undertaking and sustainability of an entrepreneurial initiative.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a systematic review of literature, a preliminary taxonomy is first identified. Industry experts, campaign creators and the analysis of real cases are then used to progressively build a model of 11 areas and 85 categories of benefits deriving from CF.

Findings

The paper presents a comprehensive model of benefits of CF for the project, the start-up and the creator related to the following aspects: viability, costs, customer, demand, distribution, employees, fund, strategy, market, partners, personal, product.

Research limitations/implications

The study does not distinguish among different forms of CF. Besides, only benefits are studied whereas potential drawbacks and challenges are not considered. Further research is thus needed to complement the framework along such two additional areas of investigation.

Originality/value

The theoretical framework is an exhaustive snapshot of the benefits of a CF campaign and it can thus be assumed as a starting point for future and empirical studies. Moreover, the paper can support platforms managers in the design of values-added tools aimed to improve attractiveness and project creators in campaign design and management.

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International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, vol. 25 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2554

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Publication date: 12 June 2017

Gianluca Elia, Xiaoyang Li, Alessandro Margherita and Claudio Petti

The generation of new ventures within established companies, also known as corporate entrepreneurship (CE), is a process influenced by a set of individual and…

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Purpose

The generation of new ventures within established companies, also known as corporate entrepreneurship (CE), is a process influenced by a set of individual and organizational factors. This paper aims to focus on creativity and human resource management enablers of CE, with the purpose to define an integrative framework and draw a set of related research propositions.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper relies on a multidisciplinary literature review in the fields of CE, creativity and organizational innovation.

Findings

The effectiveness of CE depends on a set of individual factors, distinguished into professional and psychological characteristics, and organizational factors, which include the system of values of the organization and the management practices applied in the same.

Research limitations/implications

From a theoretical point of view, the paper develops an integrative framework of conditions that impact on CE and outlines a set of propositions and alternative research methods to test.

Practical/implications

From a practitioner perspective, the study provides managers with a comprehensive set of factors enabling CE by leveraging the creativity of individuals and make it flourish through consistent human resource management practices.

Originality/value

The value of the paper stays in the integration of individual-related and organizational-related determinants of entrepreneurial performance.

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European Business Review, vol. 29 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0955-534X

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Publication date: 16 September 2020

Gianluca Elia, Alessandro Margherita and Giustina Secundo

Factors such as stakeholder requirements, emergence of exponential technologies, global business operations and pressures for sustainability increase the complexity of…

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Purpose

Factors such as stakeholder requirements, emergence of exponential technologies, global business operations and pressures for sustainability increase the complexity of modern projects. This article aims to contribute by developing a systems view of project elements and relations among the same.

Design/methodology/approach

The article is based on a design science process and uses business management, project management and the system dynamics literature to support the construction of a conceptual framework, which is preliminary validated using practitioner feedback.

Findings

The project management model includes: (a) a systems view of a project in terms of 5 subsystems, 9 components and 27 dimensions; (b) a flow diagram showing 11 key relations among project attributes and (c) a discussion of ten system archetypes which can be identified in the management of a project.

Research limitations/implications

Whereas the application of systems thinking in project management has been mostly addressed to build system dynamics tools, this article advances the discussion by providing a framework useful to support theory development and contextual knowledge construction in project management activities.

Practical implications

The article provides (project) managers with an articulated project management model and insights to address the complexity of modern project activities.

Originality/value

The main value of the research stays in the integrative nature of the presented framework, along with its twofold focus on components and flows (dynamic view).

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International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, vol. 14 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1753-8378

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Publication date: 8 February 2011

Alessandro Margherita and Giustina Secundo

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the need for a new corporate learning archetype in the extended enterprise scenario and to present the stakeholder university as a…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the need for a new corporate learning archetype in the extended enterprise scenario and to present the stakeholder university as a suitable model oriented to create value for a large number of business and non‐business actors.

Design/methodology/approach

A conceptual development is integrated with field studies to describe the distinguishing features of the stakeholder university and provide a cross‐discussion with the extended enterprise concept.

Findings

The stakeholder university is characterized by large focus, extended scope, and rich interconnection, which address in a comprehensive manner the needs and expectations of the resource base, industry/market and socio‐political stakeholders of the extended enterprise.

Research limitations/implications

The topics investigated are mostly relevant for large international companies. Besides, further discussions are needed to validate the links between business models, organizational configurations and human capital development processes.

Practical implications

The discussion proposed can be useful for managers involved in the design and development of high‐impact and large‐scope human resource management initiatives.

Originality/value

The value of the article stays in the creation of a conceptual link between the business role of enterprise stakeholders and the requirements existing in terms of co‐developing intangible assets.

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Journal of Management Development, vol. 30 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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Publication date: 26 August 2014

Alessandro Margherita

Business process management (BPM) is still mostly associated with methods and software tools for process modeling, automation and redesign/performance analysis, with…

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Purpose

Business process management (BPM) is still mostly associated with methods and software tools for process modeling, automation and redesign/performance analysis, with limited effort toward building and applying interdisciplinary approaches which capture the real complexity of business processes. The purpose of this paper is to elaborate a system view of BPM and presents an actionable body of knowledge to enhance process-related decisions and actions within organizations.

Design/methodology/approach

A design science approach is used to build a conceptual contribution based on extended process management literature and a multi-year author experience in the area of business process engineering in both research and education contexts.

Findings

A business process management system includes strategy, model, execution and performance dimensions whereas the management of a process involves activities related to scope, structure, resource, systems, dependency, exception, performance and external integration.

Research limitations/implications

The frameworks and related definitions need further theoretical development and refinement in terms of the components and reciprocal relations among system and activity elements. In this vein, the study would also benefit from real-life applications and empirical analysis.

Practical implications

The paper can support process implementation, maturity assessment and competence development efforts within organizations as well as be a foundational work to advance the creation of a global body of knowledge on process management.

Originality/value

The paper proposes a holistic perspective on BPM as a system of components and a bundle of activities, thus providing a twofold strategic and operational tool for process analysts and managers at different levels.

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Business Process Management Journal, vol. 20 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-7154

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Publication date: 8 June 2010

Alessandro Margherita and Claudio Petti

The purpose of this paper is to identify the main factors affecting information and communication technology (ICT) adoption and process redesign within organizations, with…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify the main factors affecting information and communication technology (ICT) adoption and process redesign within organizations, with the objective of defining a systematization framework and a set of methods and tools useful for students and practitioners.

Design/methodology/approach

The review of literature focused on organizational change and ICT‐enabled process innovation allows to extract the key issues for building the model and approaches presented.

Findings

The effective introduction of change requires addressing aspects placed at strategy, people, process and enablers level. A system view of these components and their relationships is a key to streamline ICT adoption and process redesign.

Research limitations/implications

The roadmap is addressed to support only the design or pre‐implementation phase of change, with a major intra‐organizational perspective.

Originality/value

The main asset of this paper is to combine several frameworks into a unique roadmap to support the investigation of human, process, and technology dimensions of organizational change. Besides, a set of methods and tools are proposed to streamline the design of ICT‐enabled and process‐based change within an organization.

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Business Process Management Journal, vol. 16 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-7154

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Publication date: 20 April 2010

Giustina Secundo, Alessandro Margherita, Gianluca Elia and Giuseppina Passiante

This paper aims to discuss the role of intangible assets in higher education and research institutions and to present a measurement framework, along with an illustrative…

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Purpose

This paper aims to discuss the role of intangible assets in higher education and research institutions and to present a measurement framework, along with an illustrative application.

Design/methodology/approach

A review of existing theories and practical experiences is undertaken to build the core conceptual model and a dashboard of indicators. The model is then applied to investigate the mission and performance angles of intellectual capital with reference to an Italian higher education and research institution.

Findings

Creating intangible assets is at the core of the mission of education and research organizations. The identification and measurement of intellectual capital are thus an operational priority to evaluate the alignment between strategic orientation and performance within such institutions.

Research limitations/implications

The research has to be considered as exploratory and presents a single case, resulting in the need for further applications. However, the dashboard of metrics proposed is comprehensive and can thus represent a useful ground for refinements, mostly related to the links between indicators and management/strategy issues.

Practical implications

The dashboard can be used as a stakeholder communication tool and a tableau de bord to support the strategic decisions related to the human, social and structural capital of education and research organizations.

Originality/value

The paper presents a first discussion on the systematic identification, classification and reporting of intellectual capital indicators in higher education and research.

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Journal of Intellectual Capital, vol. 11 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1469-1930

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Publication date: 23 October 2009

Alessandro Margherita and Giustina Secundo

This paper aims to present a framework supporting a new approach to designing curricula for the development of management competencies.

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Purpose

This paper aims to present a framework supporting a new approach to designing curricula for the development of management competencies.

Design/methodology/approach

The review of contributions in the strategic management and management development fields allows extrapolation of the relevant paradigm changes in the economic and business scenario and provides the background for investigating the emerging challenges in competence development processes.

Findings

The increasing speed, openness, density and diversity of business raise new challenges related to five fundamental dimensions of management as a system: its actors, concept, context, processes and purpose. This requires developing in managers a set of competencies that specifically address those aspects and holistically cover an integrated perspective rather than focusing on separated management functions, processes or skills.

Research limitations/implications

Further research is needed in the effort of taxonomising paradigm changes and defining the management dimensions which are impacted.

Practical implications

The analysis presented brings a different logic to structuring curricula. This could potentially have an impact on the design and implementation of learning initiatives in both higher education and corporate contexts. A framework useful for practitioners is provided.

Originality/value

The value of the paper is in creating a direct conceptual link among the changing features of the economic and business landscape and the deriving requirements in terms of developing management competencies. A framework useful for practitioners is provided.

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Journal of Management Development, vol. 28 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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Publication date: 16 August 2018

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Industrial and Commercial Training, vol. 50 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0019-7858

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Publication date: 23 October 2009

Angelo Corallo, Robert Laubacher, Alessandro Margherita and Giuseppe Turrisi

The purpose of this paper is to show with figures the potentialities of knowledge‐based engineering (KBE) methods in new product development (NPD). It estimates the…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to show with figures the potentialities of knowledge‐based engineering (KBE) methods in new product development (NPD). It estimates the business value generated by a tool which integrates the handoff between engineering groups of a large aerospace company.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on three years of observation and interviews at a leading Italian firm. A process‐based approach is used for assessing business value.

Findings

The KBE application automated the preparation of data transferred to computer‐aided engineering engineers for analysis by computer‐aided design engineers and reduced the time required by more than 90 percent. This allowed time savings which contributed to enhance product quality.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is based on a single case, though its findings are consistent with prior studies. Future research will implement like applications in other contexts at the subject firm and other firms.

Practical implications

The paper helps managers to understand the uses and potential value of KBE applications, enhancing the awareness of NPD practitioners in a field which is still partially untapped.

Originality/value

The paper combines discussion of the technical aspects of implementing a KBE tool with estimates of performance improvement achieved. It can be a useful illustration of a good practice and a proof‐of‐concept for further implementations in complex engineering settings.

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Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, vol. 20 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1741-038X

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