Imperial College London


Business School

Professor of Strategy and Sustainability



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Maurizio Zollo is Head of the Business School's Department of Management and Entrepreneurship  - which includes the research areas of innovation and Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Organisational Behaviour - and Scientific Director of the Leonardo Centre.

His research aims to understand how business organisations learn to grow and adapt to environmental turbulence and how managers can guide these evolutionary processes through the combined use of strategic growth initiatives and organisational change, innovation and learning processes. The research focuses on the management of complex strategic initiatives, from M&A and partnerships to sustainability-oriented innovation and organizational change efforts.

Prof Zollo directs the GOLDEN (Global Organizational Learning and Development Network) for Impact program, as founder and president of a dedicated non-profit foundation, and a second research program on the neuroscience of innovation and sustainability decisions. Both lines of research involve the active engagement of corporations in the design and execution of field experiments focused on innovation-oriented or sustainability-oriented organisational change challenges.

His research also involves international institutions including the UN, EU, OECD, World Bank and WEF in developing policy implications to support and stimulate the private sector's efforts in these areas.

Prof Zollo is the author of over 50 publications, cited more than 16,000 times in scientific articles. Managerial insights from his research have been featured on the Harvard Business Review, the McKinsey Quarterly, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, and academic output is published in some of the most respected journals, including AMJ, AMR, SMJ, Organization Science, JMS, ICC, Org. St., AMP, GSJ, Frontiers of Neuroscience and Research Policy.

Editor-in-Chief of Organization & Environment (IF: 8,5) and past editor of the European Management Review, he served for a decade on the Executive Committee of the Academy of Business in Society, which he helped establish in 2002. For the Strategic Management Society he chaired the Innovation and Knowledge and the Behavioral Strategy interest groups, and was a founder and chair of the Stakeholder Strategy interest group. A past member of the Executive and Research Committees of the strategy division of the Academy of Management, he also served as associate editor or editorial board member of a dozen leading academic journals in strategy and organisation studies.

Before joining Imperial College in 2019, Prof Zollo served for a decade on the faculty of Bocconi University, and INSEAD for the previous decade. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Sloan School of Management of MIT since 2012, and has held a similar position at Bocconi University since 2019.

Prof Zollo holds a PhD in management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a laurea degree in monetary economics from Bocconi University.  Prior to his academic career, he was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. and investment banker at Merrill Lynch in New York.



Cenci S, Burato M, Rei M, et al., 2023, The alignment of companies' sustainability behavior and emissions with global climate targets, Nature Communications, Vol:14, ISSN:2041-1723

Liboni LB, Cezarino LO, Donaires OS, et al., 2023, Systems approach in dynamic capabilities, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol:40, ISSN:1092-7026, Pages:863-875

Vuori N, Laamanen T, Zollo M, 2023, Capability Development in Infrequent Organizational Processes: Unveiling the Interplay of Heuristics and Causal Knowledge, Journal of Management Studies, Vol:60, ISSN:0022-2380, Pages:1341-1381

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