Imperial College London


Business School

Assistant Professor in Strategy



+44 (0)20 7594 1969e.dalpiaz




Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr. Elena Dalpiaz is Assistant Professor of Strategy. She holds a PhD degree from Bocconi University, where she also earned her BA in Economics and Law (with honours). During 2007 and 2008, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs Business School.

Elena's research is theoretically grounded in the areas of strategy and organization theory, and it focuses on two main streams: the organizational use of cultural resources for strategy formation and organizational change, and the management of corporate reputation. Cultural resources are theorized as firm's cultural and symbolic capital, concepts, and institutional logics. Elena studies firms' process of change through the enrichment of their cultural repertoires with cultural resources from different registers, and the consequent achievement of strategic versatility and strategic innovations. Current research projects explore the organizational processes that allow firms to use contradictory institutional logics in order to bridge different fields. Furthermore, Elena investigates the processes of, and conditions for, the emergence of collective reputation of firms.

Elena teaches competitive strategy both at the undergraduate (engineering and medicine students) and graduate level (students at MSc programmes), and she has taught courses of strategic management in creative industries and international management.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Dalpiaz E, Rindova V, Ravasi D, et al., 2016, Combining Logics to Transform Organizational Agency: Blending Industry and Art at Alessi, Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol:61, ISSN:0001-8392, Pages:347-392

Dalpiaz E, Tracey P, Phillips N, et al., 2014, Succession Narratives in Family Business: The Case of Alessi, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol:38, ISSN:1042-2587, Pages:1375-1394

Ravasi D, Rindova V, Dalpiaz E, et al., 2012, The cultural side of value creation, Strategic Organization, Vol:10, ISSN:1476-1270, Pages:231-239

Dalpiaz E, Rindova V, Ravasi D, et al., 2010, Where strategy meets culture: The neglected role of cultural and symbolic resources in strategy research, Advances in Strategic Management - A Research Annual, Vol:27, ISSN:0742-3322, Pages:175-208

Rindova V, Dalpiaz E, Ravasi D, et al., 2011, A Cultural Quest: A Study of Organizational Use of New Cultural Resources in Strategy Formation, Organization Science, Vol:22, ISSN:1047-7039, Pages:413-431


Ravasi D, Rindova V, Dalpiaz E, 2017, Analyzing changes in organizational cultural repertoires, The Routledge Companion to Qualitative Research in Organization Studies, Routledge

Rindova V, Reger R, Dalpiaz E, The mind of the strategist and the eye of the beholder: The socio-cognitive perspective in strategy research, Editor(s): Dagnino, Edware Elgare

Dalpiaz E, Ravasi D, 2010, News media and corporate reputation in Italy: An exploratory study, Corporate Reputation and the News Media. Agenda-Setting within the Business News Coverage in Developed, Emerging, and Frontier Countries, Editor(s): Carroll, Routledge, Pages:105-128

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