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Prof Lucia Piscitello

Visiting Professor

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  • International Business, 
  • Global Strategy, 
  • Economic Geography, 
  • Economic of Innovation


141, Henley Buiness School, Whiteknights Campus

Professor Lucia Piscitello is an expert in the study of internationalisation, location and innovation strategies of multinational enterprises. Her recent research focus is the adoption of digital technologies for international competitiveness.

Lucia Piscitello is Visiting Professor at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK, and Professor of International Management at Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
She is co-director of the Observatory on Digital Export, at Politecnico di Milano.

Her research interests cover:

  • the economics and management of MNEs
  • the international aspects of technological change, the geography of innovation.

Her recent studies focus on:

  • agglomeration and MNEs’ location strategies
  • globalization of R&D
  • technology development in the global network of MNEs, digital technologies, global sourcing and reshoring, MNEs from emerging countries.

She has published over 80 refereed journal articles. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Economic Geography, Economic Geography, Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research Policy, among others.

She is Associate Editor of the Global Strategy Journal, Co-editor in Chief of the Journal of Industrial Business Economics, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. She acts as an external expert for the Department of Geography & Environment, London School of Economics, UK. She is a Fellow, Past President, and Chair of the European International Business Academy (EIBA).

Reference: Felice, G., Lamperti, F. and Piscitello, L. (2021) The employment implications of additive manufacturing. Industry and Innovation. pp. 1-34. ISSN 1469-8390 doi:
Reference: Amendolagine, V., Piscitello, L. and Rabellotti, R. (2021) The impact of OFDI in global cities on innovation by Indian multinationals. Applied Economics. pp. 1-14. ISSN 1466-4283 doi:
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:
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:
Reference: Scalera, V. G., Mukherjee, D. and Piscitello, L. (2020) Ownership strategies in knowledge-intensive cross-border acquisitions: comparing Chinese and Indian MNEs. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 37. pp. 155-185. ISSN 1572-9958 doi:
Reference: Colli, A., Mariotti, S. and Piscitello, L. (2013) Governments as strategists in designing global players: the case of European utilities. Journal of European Public Policy, 21 (4). pp. 487-508. ISSN 1466-4429 doi:
Reference: Mariotti, S., Mosconi, R. and Piscitello, L. (2019) Location and survival of MNEs' subsidiaries: Agglomeration and heterogeneity of firms. Strategic Management Journal. ISSN 1097-0266 doi:
Reference: Albertoni, F., Elia, S. and Piscitello, L. (2019) Inertial vs. mindful repetition of previous entry mode choices: do firms always learn from experience? Journal of Business Research, 103. pp. 530-546. ISSN 0148-2963 doi:
Reference: Elia, S., Larsen, M. M. and Piscitello, L. (2019) Entry mode deviation: a behavioral approach to internalization theory. Journal of International Business Studies, 50 (8). pp. 1359-1371. ISSN 1478-6990 doi:
Reference: Elia, S., Messeni Petruzzelli, A. and Piscitello, L. (2019) The impact of cultural diversity on the innovation performance of MNC subsidiaries in strategic alliances. Journal of Business Research, 98. pp. 204-213. ISSN 0148-2963 doi:
Reference: Garrone, P., Piscitello, L. and D'Amelio, M. (2019) Multinational enterprises and the provision of collective goods in developing countries under formal and informal institutional voids. The case of electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of International Management, 25 (2). 100650. ISSN 1075-4253 doi:
Reference: De Massis, A., Frattini, F., Majocchi, A. and Piscitello, L. (2018) Family firms in the global economy: toward a deeper understanding of internationalisation determinants, processes and outcomes. Global Strategy Journal, 8 (1). pp. 3-21. ISSN 2042-5805 doi:
Reference: Mariotti, S., Nicolini, M. and Piscitello, L. (2018) The role of the heterogeneity of services in the transmission of spillovers to domestic manufacturing firms. Transformations in Business & Economics, 17 (2). pp. 194-209. ISSN 1648 - 4460
Reference: Mariotti, S., Mutinelli, M. and Piscitello, L. (2017) Le scelte localizzative delle imprese multinazionali in Italia: agglomerazione interna vs. agglomerazione esterna. Scienze Regionali: Italian Journal of Regional Science, 16 (2). pp. 201-228. ISSN 1720-3929 doi:
Reference: Albertoni, F., Elia, S., Massini, S. and Piscitello, L. (2017) The reshoring of business services: reaction to failure or persistent strategy? Journal of World Business, 52 (3). pp. 417-430. ISSN 1090-9516 doi:
Reference: Cuervo-Cazurra, A., Mudambi, R. , Pedersen, T. and Piscitello, L. (2017) Research methodology in global strategy research. Global Strategy Journal, 7 (3). pp. 233-240. ISSN 2042-5805 doi:
Reference: Elia, S., Scalera, V. and Piscitello, L. (2016) Collaborative innovation within Chinese MNCs’ international networks: the role of cultural and institutional distances. In: Brennan, L. and Bakir, C. (eds.) Emerging Market Multinationals in Europe. Routledge Advances in International Political Economy. Routledge, London and New York, pp. 170-182. ISBN 9781138921187
Reference: D'Amelio, M., Garrone, P. and Piscitello, L. (2016) Can multinational companies light up developing countries? Evidence from the access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. World Development, 88. pp. 12-32. ISSN 0305-750X doi:
Reference: Boellis, A., Mariotti, S., Minichilli, A. and Piscitello, L. (2016) Family involvement and firms’ establishment mode choice in foreign markets. Journal of International Business Studies, 47 (8). pp. 929-950. ISSN 1478-6990 doi:
Reference: Alcacer, J., Cantwell, J. and Piscitello, L. (2016) Internationalization in the information age: a new era for places, firms and international business networks? Journal of International Business Studies, 47 (5). pp. 499-512. ISSN 1478-6990 doi:
Reference: Piscitello, L. , Rabellotti, R. G. and Scalera, V. (2015) Chinese and Indian acquisitions in Europe: the relationship between motivation and entry mode choice. In: Risberg, A., King, D. R. and Meglio, O. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Merger and Acquisitions. Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting. Routledge, London, pp. 114-129. ISBN 9780415704663
Reference: Caniato, F., Elia, S., Luzzini, D., Piscitello, L. and Ronchi, S. (2015) Location drivers, governance model and performance in service offshoring. International Journal of Production Economics, 163. pp. 189-199. ISSN 0925-5273 doi:
Reference: Bannò, M., Piscitello, L. and Varum, C. (2015) Determinants of internationalization of regions: the role and effectiveness of public policy. Regional Studies, 49 (7). pp. 1208-1222. ISSN 1360-0591 doi:
Reference: Mariotti, S., Mutinelli, M., Nicolini, M. and Piscitello, L. (2015) Productivity spillovers from foreign MNEs on domestic manufacturing firms: to what extent does spatial proximity matter? Regional Studies, 49 (10). pp. 1639-1653. ISSN 1360-0591 doi:
Reference: Bannò, M., Piscitello, L. and Varum, C. A. (2014) The impact of public support to SMEs' outward FDI: evidence from Italy. Journal of Small Business Management, 52 (1). pp. 22-38. ISSN 1540-627X doi:
Reference: Mariotti, S., Piscitello, L. and Elia, S. (2014) Local externalities and ownership choices in foreign acquisitions by multinational enterprises. Economic Geography, 90 (2). pp. 187-211. ISSN 1944-8287 doi:
Reference: Elia, S., Caniato, F., Luzzini, D. and Piscitello, L. (2014) Governance choice in global sourcing of services: the impact on service quality and cost saving performance. Global Strategy Journal, 4 (3). pp. 181-199. ISSN 2042-5805 doi:
Reference: Garrone, P., Piscitello, L. and Wang, Y. (2014) Innovation performance and international knowledge spillovers: evidence from the renewable energy sector in OECD countries. Industry and Innovation, 21 (7-8). pp. 574-598. ISSN 1366-2716 doi:
Reference: Cantwell, J. and Piscitello, L. (2014) New competence creation in multinational company subunits: the role of international knowledge. The World Economy, 38 (2). pp. 231-254. ISSN 0378-5920 doi:
Reference: Mudambi, R., Piscitello, L. and Rabbiosi, L. (2014) Reverse knowledge transfer in MNEs: subsidiary innovativeness and entry modes. Long Range Planning, 47 (1-2). pp. 49-63. ISSN 0024-6301 doi:
Reference: Cantwell, J. and Piscitello, L. (2014) Historical changes in the determinants of the composition of innovative activity in MNC subunits. Industrial and Corporate Change, 23 (3). pp. 633-660. ISSN 1464-3650 doi:
Reference: De Beule, F., Elia, S. and Piscitello, L. (2014) Entry and access to competences abroad: emerging market firms vs. advanced market firms. Journal of International Management, 20 (2). pp. 137-152. ISSN 1075-4253 doi:
Reference: Ben Hamida, L. and Piscitello, L. (2013) The impact of foreign R&D activities on the MNC's performance at home: evidence from the case of Swiss Manufacturing firms. Revue d’Economie Industrielle, 143. pp. 11-33. doi:
Reference: Castellani, D. , Mariotti, I. and Piscitello, L. (2008) The impact of outward investments on parent company's employment and skill composition. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 19 (1). pp. 81-94. ISSN 0954349X doi: