Lecturer in Strategy, Cass Business School, City, University of London

Paolo Aversa (@aversapaolo) is lecturer in strategy at Cass Business School, and visiting Professor at the University of Trento (Italy). At Cass he teaches at the MSc in Management, the Full Time MBA, the Executive MBA in Dubai, and he collaborates with Cass Executive Education. Between 2012 and 2014 Paolo Aversa served as Research Fellow in strategy thanks to being awarded the Marie Curie Fellowship PEOPLE-FP7-IEF. Between 2011 and 2012 he worked as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Management Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where he also formerly held a position as visiting scholar of the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Center (2009-2011). He received his Ph.D. in management at the University of Bologna (2011), his MBA degree at Fondazione CUOA (Vicenza) and his Executive HR Management Master at HKE (Milan). He got his B.A. and M.A. in Communication at the University of Padova, both magna cum laude.

His general research interests are related to determinants of performance in technology-based settings characterized by fierce competition and changing environments. He analyzed aspects such as explorative strategies, business models, and the impact of alliances on firm performance. He is considered a leading academic expert in the motorsport industry and his empirical fields of research are in fact based on Formula 1, motorcycles, and automotive. His recent academic works are published in Organization Science, Industrial and Corporate Change and forthcoming in Advances in Strategic Management.

His research featured more than 250 times around the world in international media, including Financial Times, New York Times, BBC, Sky, Forbes, Reuters, Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The National, City AM and the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2014 he was selected as runner-up for the prestigious ‘“EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Communicating Science Prize” which shortlists the 10 Marie-Curie funded scientific projects that excelled in the outreach to the general public, had the widest coverage in mainstream media, and displayed the most innovative approach to dissemination. Out of the 10 finalists he was the only one from social science.
In 2015 he won the First Prize for the SIIE-EBS Best-Paper-Award "Innovation Management" for his work published in Organization Science. Also in 2015, he was finalist for City Research competition and nominated among the "Marie-Curie Fellows of the Week". In 2014 and 2015, the Academy of Management conferred on him the Best Reviewer Award (Technology and Innovation Division) and in 2013 the Outstanding Reviewer Award (Business Policy and Strategy Division). In 2011 Paolo was awarded with the Best Doctoral Paper Award of the European Academy of Management. Also in 2009 he led the University of Padova racing team to winning the business plan competition at the Formula SAE Germany.

He collaborates with several universities and he often presents his works and industry analyses in international conferences, firms, and institutions. He works and consults for companies.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Strategy, City University London


  • 2011 
    University of Bologna, Ph.D. in Management


Marie Curie Fellow