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Dr Katiuscia Lavoratori

Lecturer in International Business and Strategy

Katiuscia Lavoratori

Specialisms

  • International Business, 
  • Economic Geography, 
  • Inward and Outward Foreign Direct Investment, 
  • MNE's Location Strategies

Location

Room 142, Henley Business School, Whiteknights

Dr Katiuscia Lavoratori is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Business and Strategy at Henley Business School, University of Reading.

Katiuscia worked as a research fellow in Strategy & International Business at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (UK) and as a postdoc at Henley Business School (UK), after completing a PhD in Economics from the University of Perugia (Italy).

Katiuscia's research lies at the intersection of International Business and Economic Geography, with special reference to the economic analysis of location choices, the relation between agglomeration and productivity, FDI spillovers, Industry 4.0 and the new geography of global value chains. Her works have appeared in leading journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Regional Studies, Global Strategy Journal and Journal of Regional Science.

Research interests and focus

  • Location strategies of MNEs, Intra-firm Co-location
  • Agglomeration Economies
  • Firm Performance and Productivity
  • FDI Spillovers
  • Micro-Geography and Spatial Economics
  • Global Value Chains
  • Industry 4.0 and digital transformation
  • Reshoring

Research projects

  • VisitINPS Scholars Program - Type B, project on reshoring and labour market in Italy using INPS employer-employee data, with Benfratello L., Castellani D., D’Ambrosio A., Manello A. [Aug 2020]

Professional roles

  • Fellow of The Productivity Institute (https://www.productivity.ac.uk/)
  • Advisory Board Member, Journal of Industrial and Business Economics
  • Member, European International Business Academy

Awards

  • Best Doctoral Thesis in Economics 2019-2020, awarded by the Department of Economics and Management at the University of Trento and the Department of Economic Sciences at the University of Verona to honour the memory of the late Andrea Vaona. [Sep 2020]
  • Nomination for the 2019 Academy of Management Conference Prize for the best Global Strategy Paper, for the paper “Connectivity and the location of MNE activities across the value chain”, with Castellani D., Perri A., Scalera V. [Aug 2019]
  • Global Strategy Journal (GSJ) Best Paper Award AIB-UK&I, for the paper “Connectivity and the location of MNE activities across the value chain”, with Castellani D., Perri A., Scalera V. Academy of International Business - UK&I Chapter Conference 2019. [Apr 2019]
  • EIBA 2016 Best Paper Award in Track 10 “Knowledge Management and Innovation”, for the paper “Co-location of offshored production and R&D activities. The role of intra-firm linkages”, with Castellani D. [Dec 2016]

Reference: Castellani, D. , Lamperti, F. and Lavoratori, K. (2022) Measuring adoption of industry 4.0 technologies via international trade data: insights from European countries. Journal of Industrial and Business Economics. ISSN 1972-4977 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40812-021-00204-y
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Davide Castellani - Dr Katiuscia Lavoratori
Reference: Lavoratori, K. and Castellani, D. (2021) Too close for comfort? Micro-geography of agglomeration economies in the United Kingdom. Journal of Regional Science. ISSN 1467-9787 doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jors.12531
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Katiuscia Lavoratori - Professor Davide Castellani
Reference: Castellani, D. , Lavoratori, K. , Perri, A. and Scalera, V. G. (2021) International connectivity and the location of multinational enterprises' knowledge‐intensive activities: Evidence from US metropolitan areas. Global Strategy Journal. ISSN 2042-5805 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/gsj.1404
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Davide Castellani - Dr Katiuscia Lavoratori
Reference: Lavoratori, K. and Piscitello, L. (2021) Geographical boundaries of external and internal agglomeration economies. In: Colombo, S. (ed.) Spatial Economics Volume II. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 221-250. ISBN 9783030400941 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40094-1_8
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Katiuscia Lavoratori - Prof Lucia Piscitello
Reference: Lavoratori, K. , Mariotti, S. and Piscitello, L. (2020) The role of geographical and temporary proximity in MNEs’ location and intra-firm co-location choices. Regional Studies, 54 (10). pp. 1442-1456. ISSN 1360-0591 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2020.1732901
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Katiuscia Lavoratori - Prof Lucia Piscitello
Reference: Castellani, D. and Lavoratori, K. (2020) The lab and the plant: offshore R&D and co-location with production activities. Journal of International Business Studies, 51 (1). pp. 121-137. ISSN 1478-6990 doi: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-019-00255-3
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Davide Castellani - Dr Katiuscia Lavoratori
Reference: Castellani, D. and Lavoratori, K. (2018) Location of R&D abroad — an analysis on global cities. In: Capik, P. and Dej, M. (eds.) Relocation of Economic Activity. Contemporary Theory and Practice in Local, Regional and Global Perspectives. Springer, pp. 145-162. ISBN 9783319922829 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92282-9_9
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Davide Castellani - Dr Katiuscia Lavoratori

Advanced Project

This module allows students to demonstrate their understanding of the application of international business theory to practice by exploring their experience and observation through the lens of literature. The project...

Module code: MMM163