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Dr Alessio Cozzolino


Alessio Cozzolino

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Business
01 716 4745
University College Dublin, School of Business, Quinn School of Business Belfield Dublin 4


Alessio Cozzolino is Assistant Professor of Strategy at UCD and he is the Academic Director of the Master in Strategic Management and Planning for the Smurfit Business School. He joined UCD in Sept. 2015 after earning a PhD in Business Administration & Management from Bocconi University. During Spring 2014, he was visiting scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), and was a short-visitor at Boston University (USA) during Spring 2014. He also holds a MSc in Engineering Management from the University of Rome La Sapienza. In 2015, Alessio was the Winner of the INFORMS Best Dissertation Award (in the Technology, Innovation Management, and Entrepreneurship Section - TIMES). In 2013, his research received the Honorable Mention of the SMS Best Conference Paper Prize (at the Strategic Management Society), and in 2017 he won the AOM Best Paper Proceeding (at the Academy of Management). In 2013-2015, he received a Telecom Italia Research Grant to pursue his current studies. Alessio's research examines how technological changes affect the competitive advantage between established organizations and entrants. His main contribution is the definition and study of complementary asset discontinuities, a type of technological change introducing radically new assets (e.g., manufacturing, distribution) without necessarily destroying the core knowledge of organizations. By combining qualitative and quantitative methods, he has studied extensively the digital transformations in knowledge and cultural industries (newspapers, TVs, advertising, education, music). His work has been published in international leading journals such as Strategic Management Journal (SMJ) and Journal of Management Studies (JMS). Alessio teaches 'Strategic Management' and 'Technology & Innovation Strategy' for UCD in Dublin, Singapore, and Hong Kong. He has taught on MBA, graduate, and undergraduate courses at UCD, Bocconi U, and Georgia Tech. Prior to his PhD, Alessio worked in a large Media Company, Gruppo Editoriale l'Espresso, for five years. He has also collaborated for two years with Telecom Italia on a major research-based industrial project.


  • PhD
    Univ Commerciale 'Luigi Boccon