LUISS

Research

Current Projects:

Youth and Women Entrepreneurship Promotion Project (YOWEP)

UNIDO project on entrepreneurship education in Ethiopia, funded by AICS, the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development and by the Austrian Development Cooperation. The project YOWEP is being carried out by a Consortium composed of Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and LUISS Business School – a Division of LUISS Guido Carli University. The project’s main goal is to assist the Government of Ethiopia in its efforts to create employment for women and youth through the promotion of investment in the productive sectors of the economy, entrepreneurship development and women’s economic empowerment. The development of micro and small and medium enterprises is a priority for the Government which is reflected in the 5-year Growth and Transformation Plans (GTP I 2010-2015, and GTP II). In order to increase the job opportunities and the creation of new business ventures the project aims to develop entrepreneurial skills in the target group. Main tasks of the project are:
– Developing training materials (a toolkit) for entrepreneurship development
– Mapping and assessing capacity of the Ethiopian entrepreneurship development institutions to adopt and implement the training packages.
– Training of trainers in order to assist the Ethiopian institutions in delivering the entrepreneurship education program.

Position paper- Entrepreneurship education in Ethiopia. Seizing the opportunities of RES in Africa

Past Projects:

EUROPEAN INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP ON ACTIVE & HEALTHY AGING – ACTION B3 INTEGRATED CARE

The main targets of the Group are:
– By 2015 making programmes available for the case management of chronic conditions (including remote management and monitoring) serving older people in at least 50 regions, and available to at least 10% of the target population (patients with chronic diseases).
– The scale-up and replication of integrated care programmes serving older people, supported by innovative tools and services, in at least 20 regions in 15 Member States based on validated, evidence-based cases (2015-2020).
– Knowledge sharing about the delivery of services for chronic conditions management in an integrated way and about incentive schemes in this field across Europe.
– Shared understanding of the workforce development task at the European level.


ANCIEN: ASSESSING NEEDS OF CARE IN EUROPEAN NATIONS.

January 2009-October 2012

The objectives of ANCIEN are to review the Long Term Care (LTC) systems in EU member states, to assess the actual and future numbers of elderly care-dependent people in selected countries and to develop a methodology for comprehensive analysis of actual and future LTC needs and provisions across European countries, including the potential role of technology and policies on maintaining and improving quality. Performance indicators will be identified and relative performances of the different types of LTC systems assessed.

Partners are: 1. CEPS, Belgium (coordinator) 2. CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (scientific coordinator) 3. FPB, Federal Planning Bureau, Belgium (scientific coordinator) 4. DIW, Germany 5. NIDI – KNAW, the Netherlands 6. FEDEA, Spain 7. CNR, Italy 8. LUISS, Italy 9. IHS, Austria 10. LSE, United Kingdom 11. ISAE, Italy 12. CASE, Poland 13. IER, Slovenia 14. TARKI 15. AACD (Ageing and Aged Care Division), Australian Department of Health and Ageing 16. ETLA, Finland 17. DAUPHINE-LEGOS, France 18. University of Stockholm, Sweden 19. Karolinska Institute, Sweden 20. SAS BIER, Slovakia 21. Praxis, Estonia.

Project duration: January 2009 – June 2012

KNOWLEDGE NETWORKS IN COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE: THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL CAPITAL ON INNOVATION DIFFUSION.

Submitted in occasion of the call under the PRIN 2007 Programme funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and University (MUR). The project has started on September 22th and will last 2 years.

The project aims to analyzing the knowledge exchange networks and the diffusion of innovation in professional communities. In particular, the main goals of this project are: (i) testing theories of networking for the exchange of knowledge within professional communities of primary care paediatricians, (ii) developing a theoretical model of reference for the measurement of knowledge exchange networks and their impact on the professional practice as well as on the diffusion of innovation; (iii) producing recommendations in order to develop associative models among primary care paediatricians through their assessment in terms of exchanges of knowledge and innovation diffusion.

Partners are LUISS Guido Carli (Coordinator), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Roma), Università degli Studi di Bologna.

Project duration: September 2008 – September 2010

CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE: THE BALANCE BETWEEN IDENTITY AND MANAGEMENT.
Catholic hospitals, already faced with increasing market pressures and the rising costs of health care delivery, are facing changing environmental regulations in a larger context of health care reform. Concomitantly, there is greater pressure to maintain fidelity to a Catholic ministry tradition, while, at the same time, to be unique and distinct from other types of  health care providers. This project aims to understanding the ways Catholic health care organizations balance the fidelity to their tradition and the challenges from economic, societal, and technological changes.

The research questions are:

  • 1. What is the current state of Catholic health care in the United States and Italy and how do hospitals compare between these countries?

  • 2. What are the contributions of Catholic hospitals to the sick, poor, and vulnerable populations in the respective countries?

  • 3. How Catholic identity impacts on the management and performance of Catholic health care?

Partners are Virginia Commonwealth University (Prof. Kenneth R. White) and Luiss Guido Carli (me). The project is self-funded.

QUALITY OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN MEDICINE & SURGERY.
Commissioned by the association of the presidents of Medicine & Surgery education, the project aims to measuring the quality of medicine & surgery classes in Italy. The research tools include a survey and visits to all the Italian Medicine and Surgery educational program sites (Corsi di Laurea in Medicina & Chirurgia).

Project duration: June 2007 – June 2009

SONIC: SCIENCE OF NETWORKS IN COMMUNITIES.

The project is funded by NSF and NCSA. The PI is Noshir Contractor (NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign). The main aim of SONIC is to develop cutting-edge techniques to measure, mobilize, and modify the social and knowledge networks in large scientific communities. The group uses a comprehensive analytic methodology to computationally model, empirically assess, statistically validate, and iteratively influence the emergence of social and knowledge networks within communities. Understanding and assisting in the development of communities will enable NCSA to design the cyberinfrastructure and cyberenvironments that match each community’s unique attributes and network referral needs, facilitate collaborative work, and propel researchers to fresh insights and innovations.

Project duration: 2003-2006

Website: http://sonic.ncsa.uiuc.edu

COMPETITION, COOPERATION AND KNOWLEDGE FLOWS IN THE HIGH-TECH SECTORS OF LAZIO.
The project was commissioned by FILAS spa (the organization devoted to the development of Lazio regional area) to Scuola di Management – Luiss Guido Carli. The main aim of the project was to address the Lazio Region towards the support for the development of innovation activities in three high-tech sectors: telecommunications, information technology and aerospace. The project applied Social Network Analysis in order to draw the exchange networks and the knowledge networks among firms, especially SMEs. Main results: identification of innovation catalysts of high-tech industries in the Lazio region.

Project duration: September 2004 – May 2005

COMMORG: ORGANIZATIONAL CONSEQUENCES OF E-MAIL ADOPTION AND DIFFUSION.
Commorg was a European research project, in the framework of the Information Society Technology (IST) Programme of the European Commission, contract IST-2000-26075. The project aimed at analysing the impact of the introduction, adoption and diffusion of email communication on the evolution and change of organisations’ structure and processes. The overall goal was to develop and validate context-sensitive and anticipatory knowledge of the consequences of email adoption and diffusion by organisations and provide knowledge and recommendations relevant to new methods of working using e-mail in the form of practical solutions. In general terms, the project provided information about the use of e-mail by individuals and groups within and between organisations that enable organisations to innovate and be more efficient in their work and businesses. The project findings and policy implications have the potential to strengthen business co-operation and increase competitiveness in the global market place.

Project duration: May 2001 – October 2003

Documents: slides on general results

Website: http://www.commorg.net (disabled)

CO-EVOLUTION OF KNOWLEDGE NETWORKS AND 21ST CENTURY ORGANIZATIONAL FORMS.
The project was funded by the National Science Foundation under the programme Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence Initiative (KDI), grant number IIS-9980109. The project’s principal investigator was Noshir Contractor (Dpt. Of Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The main aim of the project was to develop a systematic, rigorous empirically driven,  methodologically expedient, and theoretically sophisticated study of how knowledge networks evolve in organizations.

Project duration: 1999-2002

Website: http://www.spcomm.uiuc.edu/kdi/

ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS OF VIRTUAL ORGANIZATIONS IN DIGITAL MARKETPLACES.
The project was funded by Minister of Education, University and Research. The project general aim was to analyze and assess Information Systems and organizational structures for the Virtual Organization. Virtual Organizations are networks of independent firms collaborating organically by connecting each others to exploit temporary business opportunities.

The research project in particular aimed to obtain:

a. Individuation of reference models for Virtual Organizations, and the role of inter and intra-organizational Information Systems;
b.  An analysis of existing digital marketplaces and the predictions of their evolution;
c.  Analysis of the inter-organizational processes for Virtual Organizations, paying attention to the social inter-organizational networks.

Project duration: January 2002 – December 2003

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