Gianluca Colombo new Dean of the Faculty of Economics


The Faculty Council of the USI Faculty of Economics has appointed Prof. Gianluca Colombo as Dean for the period 2019-2021. He shall be deputised, as Vice-Dean, by Prof. Giovanni Pica. Both have started their new roles on September 1, 2019, taking over from Prof. Gagliardini, Dean from September 2015 to August 2019, and, respectively, from professors Mario Jametti and Paul Schneider.

“Studying economics is a rewarding and fascinating experience. Theories, models and tools in the subject areas of microeconomics and macroeconomics, finance, management, law and quantitative methods not only provide the means to address the economic challenges of modern societies, but also allow a better understanding of the problems and opportunities that future generations will face as responsible citizens, workers, entrepreneurs, or volunteers of non-profit organisations”, says the new Dean in his welcome address. “To all those who are and will be part of our Faculty, and especially to our students, I hope that you will appreciate the inclusive nature of this Faculty, which enables and encourages the interaction with professors who conduct research at an international level and who are passionately committed to teaching.” 


Gianluca Colombo is Full Professor at the Institute of Management and Organisation (IMO). Previously he was Full Professor at Università dell’Insubria, and Associate Professor at Bocconi University in Milan and at Università degli Studi in Pavia. His other previous roles: Deputy Professor at the Sapienza University of Rome; Visiting Professor at the EM Lyon business school, at Aix-Marseille III University, and at Università Federico Santa Maria di Valparaiso (Chile). Prof. Colombo is member of EURAM (European Academy of Management), and of the Academy of Management. He has published several books and academic articles in the fields of strategic management, M&A, complexity theory, entrepreneurship, and family business –the latter for which he is a consultant. Prof. Colombo is the Director of the USI EMBA – Executive Master in Business Administration.

Giovanni Pica is Full Professor at the Institute of Economics (IdEP). After completing his Ph.D. at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, he held positions at the University of Southampton, the University of Salerno and the University of Milan. He is also affiliated with Centro Studi Luca D’AglianoCSEFCentro Baffi and fRDB. His research concentrates on the labour market effects of financial market imperfections, globalization and labour market institutions. He is currently working on the role of internal capital and labour markets within organizations, on the labour market impact of the financial crisis, on the link between social mobility and macroeconomic outcomes, and on occupational licensing. His work has been published, among other journals, in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Economic Journal, the Journal of European Economic Association, the Journal of International Economics.