Nilanjana Dutt

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I am an Associate Professor of Strategy at Bocconi University's Department of Management and Technology.

My research focuses on understanding patterns of change triggered by firm's problem solving activities.  I examine these activities across multiple contexts – renewable electricity, and waste generation – with special emphasis on contexts of environmental significance. 

In a more recent secondary stream of research, I explore phenomena that capture nascent entrepreneurial activities – both in emerging and developed markets.

My research across both streams has been published in Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, and Academy of Management Journal.  I serve on the editorial boards of Strategic Management Journal and  Organization Science and I am currently an Associate Editor at the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

My research has been recognized by Bocconi Research Awards (2014, 2016, 2019, 2021, 2022), and a Bocconi Research Grant for €10,000 (2015). 

I have been elected to be a Rep-at-Large for the Knowledge & Innovation Group of the SMS (2015-2017) and a member of the Executive Committee for the STR Division of the AoM (2018-2020).

Associate Professor

I teach Collaborative Strategies for Innovation to Master Students and Business Strategy to Undergraduate students during the Spring Semester.  Enrolled students can find all necessary information on the course blackboard page.

I supervise both Msc. and Bachelor student theses in areas connected to my research. Primarily I am interested in empirical projects that examine issues of environmental sustainability, operational excellence, and emerging market entrepreneurship. I require prospective students to email me the following documents prior to requesting a meeting.  

  • A 150-250 word abstract describing the main research question, theories and / or industries of interest, and expected results. This abstract will change over time, but having an idea of what your project should be is critical.
  • A Gantt chart planning how you will complete the project in the time remaining until graduation. Please remember that the completed thesis must be submitted about one month prior to the graduation date.