Imperial College London


Business School

Associate Professor of Strategy



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Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr. Elena Dalpiaz is Associate 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.

Dr Dalpiaz's research is theoretically grounded in the areas of strategy, entrepreneurship, and organization theory, and it analyzes how established organizations and new ventures use cultural resources for pursuing strategic and organizational change, and new market opportunities. Examples of cultural resources analyzed in her studies include strategy makers' narratives, organization's identity claims and culture, as well as societal-level meaning systems and institutional logics. Dr Dalpiaz analyzes the processes through which strategy makers can mobilize such resources strategically and attain legitimacy among multiple organizational stakeholders. The context of her research is manufacturing firms and digital incubators.

She teaches competitive strategy both at the undergraduate and graduate level and offers executive education in the area of strategic storytelling and management of culture. She has also taught courses of strategic management in creative industries and international management.

Dr Dalpiaz's research has been published or is forthcoming in leading management journals including Academy of Management JournalAdministrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and PracticeAdvances in Strategic Management, Strategic Organization, and in several book chapters. Her work also received several awards from the Organization and Management Division of the Academy of Management and from the Strategic Management Society.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Dalpiaz E, Cavotta V, 2018, A double-edged sword: cultural entrepreneurship and the mobilization of morally tainted cultural resources, Innovation-Management Policy & Practice, Vol:21, ISSN:1447-9338, Pages:214-228

Tracey P, Dalpiaz E, Phillips N, 2018, Fish out of water: translation, legitimation, and new venture creation, Academy of Management Journal, Vol:61, ISSN:0001-4273, Pages:1627-1666

Dalpiaz E, Di Stefano G, 2018, A universe of stories: mobilizing narrative practices during transformative change, Strategic Management Journal, Vol:39, ISSN:0143-2095, Pages:664-696

Dalpiaz E, Rindova V, Ravasi D, 2016, Combining logics to transform organizational agency: blending industry and art at Alessi, Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol:61, ISSN:1930-3815, Pages:347-392

Dalpiaz, Tracey, Phillips, 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, 2012, The cultural side of value creation, Strategic Organization, Vol:10, Pages:231-239

Rindova V, Dalpiaz E, Ravasi D, 2011, A cultural quest: A study of organizatioal use of new cultural resources in strategy formation, Organization Science, Vol:22, Pages:413-431

Dalpiaz E, Rindova V, Ravasi D, 2010, Where strategy meets culture: The neglected role of cultural and symbolic resources in strategy research, Advances in Strategic Management, Vol:27, Pages:175-208


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

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

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

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