Professor of Management
Davide Ravasi is Professor of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management and Co-Director of the Cass PhD programme (Management, Marketing, and Operations Management pathway).
He is an expert in the areas of Organizational Identity and Culture, Design Management, and Qualitative Research Methods.
His research primarily examines interrelations between organizational identity, culture, and strategy in times of change, and he has served as a consultant to organizations reflecting on their own identity and core values. He has done extensive research on how design and designers contribute to strategic change and innovation. He is interested more generally in cultural-cognitive processes influencing how new objects and new practices come to be, and whether and how they are valued and adopted by individuals and organizations.
One of his latest studies examined how corporate museums enable organizations to use history, memory, and heritage as an asset for design and innovation. Based on this study, he curated an exhibition entitled Che Storie! Oggetti, miti e memorie dalle collezioni dei musei e degli archivi d‘impresa [tr. What stories! Objects, myths and memories from the collections of corporate museums and archives], Milano, Palazzo della Ragione, April-May 2013.
His research is mainly based on case studies and grounded theory and it has been published on Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, the Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, and the Journal of Business Venturing among others. He is also a co-editor of the recent Oxford Handbook of Organizational Identity.
He has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Management Studies (2010-2013) and sits on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Management, the Journal of Management Studies, and Strategic Organization. He is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management.
He is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Aalto School of Business, Helsinki, and has also been visiting the Rotterdam School of Management, Copenhagen Business School, University of Lugano, and at the International Hellenic University of Thessaloniki. Prior of joining Cass, he was a Professor of Management at Bocconi University, Milano, where he also received his PhD in Business Administration and Management.
My research addresses the interrelations between organizational identity, culture, and strategy in times of change, and how discursive and material artifacts influence sensemaking in organizations.
I am also interested in practices of design and design management, and how organizations manage to endow its products with symbolic value and cultural meanings through design.