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Professoressa Ordinaria





Ph.D. in Economics and Management of Small firms and Local Development (2001-2004), since 2015 she is Associate Professor in Economics and Management at the University of Padova, where she teaches Marketing and Advanced Marketing.
Her research agenda includes issues within the field of management of creativity and innovation in inter-organizational networks. Recently she has been interested in the sustainability of innovation. The theoretical focus is on agglomerations (clusters, industrial districts and regions), project based organizations, university-industry collaborations, innovative entrepreneurship. The main research settings are creative industries (design, music industry, ICT), high-tech industries (life science, advanced materials), industrial districts, clusters and regions.
During the years, she has been involved (also as Project Manager) in a number of national, international and EU research projects, and she spent several periods of study and research abroad, at the Copenhagen Business School (DK), The University of Tokyo (JP), the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (SP).
She published articles and book chapters in national and international outlets in the field of inter-organizational networks for innovation in clusters and industrial districts, innovative entrepreneurship and sustainability. She is author or co-author of more than 40 Scopus publications. Her research has been published in journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Project Management, Industry and Innovation, European Planning Studies. She is presently co-editing (with Silvia Blasi) a Springer book: “Sustainable Regional Development - Transforming Regional Value Creation”.


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Apa R., De Noni I., Orsi L., Sedita S.R. (2018) Knowledge space oddity: How to increase the intensity and relevance of the technological progress of European regions. Research Policy, 47 (9), 1700-1712.

Belussi F., Sammarra A., Sedita S.R. (2010), Learning at the boundaries in an “Open Regional Innovation System”: A focus on firms’ innovation strategies in the Emilia Romagna life science industry, Research Policy, vol. 39 (6), pp. 710-721.

Baba Y., Shichijo N., Sedita S.R. (2009) How Do Collaborations with Universities Affect Firms’ Innovative Performance? The Role of Pasteur Scientists in the Advanced Materials Field, Research Policy, vol. 38 (5), pp. 756-764.

Lazzeretti L., Sedita S.R., Caloffi A. (2014) Founders and disseminators of cluster research. Journal of Economic Geography, 14(1): 21-43.

Sedita S.R., Apa R. (2015) “The impact of inter-organizational relationships on contractors' success in winning public procurement projects. The case of the construction industry in the Veneto region”. International Journal of Project Management, 33(7): 1548–1562.

Bettiol M., Sedita S.R. (2011). The role of community of practice in developing creative industry projects. International Journal of Project Management, vol. 29 (4), pp. 468-479.

Blasi S., Crisafulli B., Sedita S.R. (2021) Selling circularity: Understanding the relationship between circularity promotion and the performance of manufacturing SMEs in Italy. Journal of Cleaner Production,

Blasi, S., Brigato, L., Sedita, S. R. (2020). Eco-friendliness and fashion perceptual attributes of fashion brands: An analysis of consumers’ perceptions based on twitter data mining. Journal of Cleaner Production, 244, 118701.

Bassetti T., Blasi S., Sedita S.R. (2020). The management of sustainable development: A longitudinal analysis of the effects of environmental performance on economic performance. Business Strategy and the Environment, 30 (1), 21–37,

Apa R., De Marchi V., Grandinetti R., Sedita S.R. (2020) University-SME collaboration and innovation performance: the role of informal relationships and absorptive capacity, Journal of Technology Transfer,

Sedita, S. R., Apa, R., Bassetti, T., & Grandinetti, R. (2019). Incubation matters: Measuring the effect of business incubators on the innovation performance of start-ups. R&D Management, 49(4), 439-454,

Blasi S. and Sedita S.R. (2020) The diffusion of a policy innovation in the energy sector: evidence from the collective switching case in Europe, Industry and Innovation, 27:6, 680-704,

Sedita S.R., Caloffi A., Lazzeretti L. (2020) The invisible college of cluster research: a bibliometric core-periphery analysis of the literature. Industry and Innovation, 27(5), 562-584,

Sedita S.R. (2008). Interpersonal and interorganizational networks in the performing arts: the case of project-based organizations in the live music industry. Industry and Innovation. vol. 15 (5) pp. 493-511

Research Area

My research agenda includes issues within the field of management of creativity, innovation in inter-organizational networks, and sustainable development. The theoretical focus is on agglomerations (clusters and industrial districts), project-based organizations in creative industries, and university-industry collaborations in high-tech industries. The main research settings are creative industries (design, music industry), high-tech industries (life science, advanced materials), Italian industrial districts, and clusters.

Thesis proposals

1) Green innovation, sustainability and industrial districts
2) Sustainable business models
3) Innovation and SMEs