Senior Lecturer in Strategy
Dr. Santi Furnari is Senior Lecturer in Strategy at Cass Business School, City, University of London. Prior joining Cass, he was an IRI Foundation Fellow at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Furnari does research on how new ideas, new practices, and new industries emerge, particularly in the context of creative industries and creative projects. He has also studied the performance consequences of different business models and organization designs. To address these issues, Dr. Furnari uses institutional theory, configurational approaches, qualitative methods, and fuzzy-set/Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fs/QCA). His paper titled “A Chemistry of Organization” (with Anna Grandori) has been among the first empirical applications of the fs/QCA methodology in management studies.
His research has been published in leading academic journals, such as the Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Management, Organization Studies, and Strategic Organization (among others). His paper titled “Interstitial Spaces” has received the AMR Best Paper Award for the best paper published in the Academy of Management Review in 2014. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Organization Studies and Journal of Management Studies.
At Cass, Dr. Furnari teaches "Corporate Strategy for a Globalized World" in the Executive MBA (EMBA) program, "Research Methods for Business" in the MSc in Management and EMBA programs, and various PhD seminars in strategy, organization theory, and qualitative methods. From 2010 to 2013, he has also taught "Advanced Strategic Management" in the Undergraduate Program. He received (in 2013) the Staff Recognition Award for the outstanding quality of his teaching.
Dr. Furnari is also the Deputy Director of the school's Centre for Research in Corporate Governance, the Coordinator of the Faculty of Management's Research Workshops, and he served as member of the school's Research Committee (from 2013 to 2016).
Dr. Furnari’s areas of expertise in Executive Education include: networking for business development; collaboration across silos; coalition-building, negotiation, and influence skills; strategy, organization design and business models; and strategy in digital ecosystems. He has been involved in the design and delivery of several Executive Education and Strategic Leadership programs for international corporations, including global banks, global executive search firms, and large UK manufacturing and media companies.
MSc (cum laude) and PhD.