Simone Poledrini (PhD)

Individual researcher

Lecturer in International marketing at The Umbra Institute (Italy), and Research fellow at the University of Perugia (Italy)

Nonprofit sector – Social enterprise – Social cooperative – Interactions between businesses and third sector organizations – Theory of reciprocity

I am currently Lecturer in International marketing at The Umbra Institute in Perugia (Italy) and a research fellow at the University of Perugia. The Umbra Institute is a center for higher education offering academic programs for students of U.S. colleges and universities in the city of Perugia in Italy. Previously, I was appointed as Assistant Professor of Management of Innovation at the Department of Economics at the University of Perugia in Italy from 2010 to 2017. Furthermore, I was Adjunct Professor at the University for Foreigners of Perugia for two years (2008-2009) teaching Human Resources Management.
My research interest is social enterprises with a particular focus on the Italian social cooperatives. In particular, I was involved in the ICSEM Project (International Comparative Social Enterprise Models) where I was part of the Italian team. Moreover, I collaborated with the EU-Russian Forum for analyzing changes in Italian civil society organizations. The EU-Russian Forum is a leading civil society umbrella organization in Europe. Finally, I coordinated two research projects, the first one entitled “IN.NE.S.T.I.” (Integration into Society via Enterprise), and the second one entitled “Expertise to Grow”, for the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. Both types of research had the aim of showing how weak and disadvantaged people can become an asset to society when they have a regular job.
In 2015 I spent six months as a visiting researcher at the Centre d’Economie Sociale (Centre for Social Economy) of the University of Liège (BE) working as SOCENT researcher with prof. J. Defourny on “modeling” different types of Social enterprises. This collaboration proved to be decisive in developing my international research network. I also joined the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain in September 2015 as a visiting researcher.
My lecturing experience is mainly in the management field, with a particular focus on social enterprise, international marketing, and management of innovation. From 2010 to 2017, I taught Management of Innovation at a master level at the University of Perugia, while my previous teaching from 2008 to 2009 was mainly for undergraduates. I have been invited to give seminars and lectures in several international universities about Social Enterprises or Management of Innovation, including the University of East London (UK), Haaga- Helia University of Applied Science (FI), The College of Management Academy Studies (Israel), Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (ES), and University of Sevilla (ES). I have been in charge of the activities of many student’s thesis supervision, coaching, and examinations.


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