GIANVITO LANZOLLA Visiting Professor of Strategy


Visiting Professor of Strategy

Gianvito Lanzolla is Professor of Strategy and Digital Transformation at Bayes Business School, City, University of London, which he joined in April 2006. From January 2016 to December 2020, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Management. Gianvito is the Founding Director of the Bayes Digital Leadership Research Centre (DLRC). Before joining Bayes, Gianvito was a Research Fellow on the Faculty of the London Business School. Over the years, he has had several visiting appointments at leading business schools including the London Business School, INSEAD, Hyderabad’s Indian School of Business and Berlin’s ESMT. From January 2016, Gianvito is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA). In 2020, Gianvito was nominated “Cavaliere” (“knight”) by the President of the Italian Republic.

Gianvito has contributed as an advisor to owners, boards, CEOs and executive leadership teams around the world. Corporate engagements include: Apple, Vodafone (Group, India, Egypt and UK), Ericsson, NOKIA, Microsoft, BBC, Axel Springer, DePersgroep, IBM, Syngenta, MakeUK, Schott, Johnson & Johnson, McKesson, Beazley, the UAE’s Prime Minister Office, Abu Dhabi Ports Authority, Mizuho, Zurich, KION, Vailant, Alix Partners, Alturki Holding and Nesma and Partners. Gianvito is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of a large industrial conglomerate and on the Sustainability Board of University of London.

Gianvito studies the impact of technological and institutional change on competitive dynamics, firm strategy and firm organization. His articles have appeared in leading outlets including: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Production and Operations Management, Long Range Planning, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Business Strategy Review, Business History, Academy of Management Review, California Management Review, and Harvard Business Review. Gianvito’s research has won several academic prizes and has been widely featured in the business media – e.g. Financial Times, the Economist, CNBC, CCTV, Wall Street Journal – and in policy papers. His latest book (with C. Markides) is on “Corporate Diversification in the Digital Age” (Cambridge University Press, Summer 2024).

He has delivered more than 100 keynotes speeches to corporate and policy audiences. An accomplished executive instructor, Gianvito teaches “Strategic Leadership”, “Diversification and Growth”, “Strategy Execution”, “Digital Innovation in Action / Silicon Valley” and “Leading Digital Transformation” to Executive and Full-Time MBA students, both in Cass’s London and Dubai campuses. He has yearly been awarded several teaching excellence prizes.

Gianvito holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Dean’s list) and a PhD in Strategic Management. Before joining academia, he was the founder and managing director of “e-change ltd”, an e-business transformation provider which in 2002 he sold to a leading software company.