Silvia Massini is Associate Head of Research in the Innovation Management and Policy (IMP) Division at Alliance Manchester Business School. Prior to this she was a Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) and Head of the Innovate and Sustain Subject Group. She joined Manchester School of Management at UMIST in January 2000. Silvia was Research Fellow at the Centre for Creativity Strategy and Change (CCSC), Warwick Business School (1999). Prior to that, she has worked as a researcher at the Institute for Scientific Research and Documentation Studies (ISRDS) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Rome, and at the Policy Research in Engineering Science and Technology (PREST) at the University of Manchester. She has been a visiting research fellow at Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU) at the University of Sussex and at the ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC) at the University of Manchester. Silvia holds Laura (Cum Laude) in Statistics and Economics (La Sapienza University, Rome), MSc in Economics (Warwick University), Doctorate in Economics (La Sapienza University, Rome). She has been Visiting Scholar at Duke University April-September 2007.
Silvia's main current research is on Global Sourcing of Innovation, and other Business Services. This is part of an international research programme led by Prof. Arie Lewin at Duke University and in collaboration with colleagues in other leading European Business Schools. The study is based on a survey, launched in UK in June 2006, and case studies. It is aimed at understanding nature, characteristics, and trends of emerging offshoring strategies and practices, and builds on the ongoing conceptual work on internal and external absorptive capacity routines and innovator and imitators dynamics.
Other research activities, and areas for PhD supervised research, include diffusion of technological and organisational innovations; technology flows between sectors, intellectual property strategies; intellectual property flows between countries and companies; knowledge management (creation, transfer and absorption), at firm level and in relation to firm collaborations, networks and alliances. The domain of the research is often, but not only, international, and can involve international comparisons across countries or globalised companies.
Silvia currently teaches "Managerial Economics", 2nd UG, on the Singapore Programmes, "New Product Development and Innovation". She has taught “Technology and Innovation Management" core course in the MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, "International Competitiveness and Technical Change", and contributed to Research Methods courses. She supervises MSc and PhD dissertations in the area of innovation management and strategy, international business and economics of innovation and technological change.