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Lara Agostini is Associate Professor at the Department of Management and Engineering, University of Padova where she is head of the courses “Business Economics and Organization”, Bachelor’s degree in Product Innovation Management, and “New product development management”, Master’s degree in Product Innovation Management, University of Padova.
She obtained her Master’s degree in Management Engineering (final mark 110/110 cum laude) and she holds a Ph.D. in Management Engineering.
Her scientific activity revolves around two main areas of research: the organization and management of inter-organizational relationships and the management of intellectual capital and intangible assets. In these domains, she published more than 40 articles in international journals as Long Range Planning, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Management Decision, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management.
Lara Agostini was Associate Editor of Journal of Small Business Management and she is now Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Management Decision and European Journal of Innovation Management. In addition, she participated in the organization of different special issues, serving as Guest Editor in different international journals as Journal of Knowledge Management, Management Decision, European Journal of Innovation Management.
She won several international awards for her scientific research, as Best Paper Award for the article “Open innovation with scientific partners and patenting: the moderating role of the internal context for innovation” presented at the 12th IFKAD Conference, Saint Petersburg (Russia), 2017; John Bessant Best Paper Award for the article: “Towards an integrated view of ambidexterity: an empirical investigation” presented at the CINet Conference, Budapest (Hungary), 2014; Best student Paper Award for the article: “Patented Inventions in Mechanical Small and Medium Enterprises: Does Quality influence performance?” presented at the IAMB Conference, Lisbon (Portugal), 2013; Highly Recommended Paper Award for the article: “Protecting Intellectual Property to enhance firm performance: does it work for SMEs?” presented at the IFKAD Conference, Matera (Italy), 2012.
She was Visiting Researcher at the department of Human Resources and Change Management (Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria), within the scope of the research project on the theme of the management of networks among SMEs, and she has collaborations with universities at an international level in Brazil, Sweden, Germany and The Netherlands. Moreover, she is active in collaborating with colleagues of other Italian universities.
Furthermore, she was Communication Manager in the INTERREG Central Europe project INNOPEER AVM: “PEER-to-peer network of INNOvation agencies and business schools developing a novel transnational qualification programme on AdVanced Manufacturing for the needs of Central European SME” (2017-2020).


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Paiola, M., Agostini, L., Grandinetti, R., Nosella, A. (2022), “The process of business model innovation driven by IoT: exploring the case of incumbent B2B SMEs”, Industrial Marketing Management, 103, 30-46.
Agostini, L., Nosella, A., Teshome, M. B., & Holgersson, M. (2022). What is patent management? The purification and validation of an integrated measurement scale. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (Accepted for publication).
Agostini, L., Nosella, A., & Holgersson, M. (2022). Patent management: the prominent role of strategy and organization. European Journal of Innovation Management (Accepted for publication).
Agostini, L., Bigliardi, B., Filippelli, S., & Galati, F. (2021). Seller reputation, distribution and intention to purchase refurbished products. Journal of Cleaner Production, 316, 128296.
Agostini, L., & Nosella, A. (2021). Industry 4.0 and business models: a bibliometric literature review. Business Process Management Journal, 27(5), 1633-1655.
Agostini, L., Nosella, A., Sarala, R.M., Spender, J.C. & Wegner, D. (2020). Tracing the evolution of the literature on knowledge management in inter-organizational contexts: a bibliometric analysis, Journal of Knowledge Management, 24, 463-490.
Agostini, L., Caviggioli, F., Galati, F., & Bigliardi, B. (2020). A social perspective of knowledge-based innovation: mobility and agglomeration. Introduction to the special section. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 45: 1309-1323.
Agostini, L., Nosella, A., Sarala, R.M., Spender, J.C. & Wegner, D. (2019). State-of-the-art of knowledge management in inter-organizational relationships, Journal of Knowledge Management, 23(10): 2007-2015.
Agostini, L., & Nosella, A. (2019). The adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies in SMEs: results of an international study. Management Decision, 58: 1-12.
Agostini, L., Nosella, A., & Teshome, M. B. (2019). Inter-organizational relationships: toward a reconceptualization of constructs. Baltic Journal of Management, 14(3): 346-369.
Agostini, L., Galati, F., & Gastaldi, L. (2019). The digitalization of the innovation process. European Journal of Innovation Management, 23(1): 1-12.
Nosella, A., & Agostini, L. (2019). Paving the way for inter‐organizational management control mechanisms in innovation contexts. Creativity and Innovation Management, 4(28): 533-535.
Agostini, L., Nosella, A. and Teshome, M.B. (2019). Inter-organizational relationships involving SMEs: A bibliographic investigation into the state of the art. Long Range Planning, 52: 1-31.
Agostini, L., & Filippini, R. (2019). Organizational and managerial challenges in the path toward Industry 4.0. European Journal of Innovation Management, 22(3): 406-421.
Agostini, L., Nosella, A. and Teshome, M.B. (2019). Towards the development of scales to measure patent management. World Patent Information, 58, 101909.
Agostini, L., Nosella., A. and Venturini, K. (2018). Towards increasing affective commitment in SME strategic networks, Business Process Management Journal, 25(7): 1822-1840.
Agostini, L., & Wegner, D. (2018). How government policies shape the development process of strategic networks. Measuring Business Excellence, 22(2): 146-164.
Agostini, L., & Nosella, A. (2017). Interorganizational relationships in marketing: A critical review and research agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews, 19(2), 131-150.