Scula Superiore Sant'Anna

Istituto di Management is a part of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa and operates in the field of management in private and public organizations, with particular focus on management of innovation, sustainability and health.

It aims at:

  • Finding the right balance between carrying out international scientific research (our first objective) and innovative projects with academic as well as non academic partners;
  • Increasing inter-disciplinarity, for example with engineering (technology assessment, training, research), Medicine (health management, medical technology, transplantation), and law (insurance, patents, environmental and public services regulation)
  • Experimenting new initiatives in post-graduate education

MAIN (Management & Innovation) is a research area within the Istituto di Management at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.

MAIN builds upon a long tradition of business studies in Pisa under the leadership of Prof. Riccardo Varaldo. It has evolved from a collection of key projects, such as the Link National Project (1998-2001) which has led to the establishment of a new science and technology pole in Pontedera, near Pisa. In MAIN, a group of professors, researchers and PhD students combine their expertise in order to increase the opportunities for cross-fertilisation. Most MAIN members have a management background and their individual specialisations cover a wide range of topics, ranging from management of technology, to finance, from cost accounting to International relations, and they are united in their approach and overarching theme of research. Within this context, research carried out in MAIN is characterised by a multidisciplinary approach, by an empirical orientation and by a commitment to theory building.

Also, relevant elements of research at MAIN are:

  • an intense interaction with a number of International research centres, such as the Centre for Open Innovation at the University of California at Berkeley;
  • continuous interaction with small and large firms, which partecipate to both executive education programmes (Master and PhD courses) and provide ideas and funds for research activities;
  • a fruitful collaboration with other Institutes at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and in particular with those in technological field, such as engineering and life sciences;
  • the active participation of MAIN professors and researchers in networks and organizations where scientific research and theory meets practice and policy making, such as regional government initiatives and national and international associations.

Specifically MAIN looks at how small and large companies:

  • decentralize and control their R&D investment
  • manage, retain and give the right incentives to their R&D scientists
  • get access to, appropriate, manage and commercialize their intangible assets
  • seek and form alliances with both industrial and public partners.
  • Specific emphasis is also given both to the strategic management of Intellectual Property, an issue which is crucial in Open Innovation and globalization, and to “classic” topics in R&D Management, such as the behaviour of individual researchers and the organization of their work in the laboratories.  


OI-Net project team:

  1. Alberto Di Minin
  2. Andrea Paraboschi
  3. Andrea Piccaluga
  4. Francesca Lazzeri