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Giovanni Formilan (Research Fellow)

Giovanni Formilan (Research Fellow)

I joined CIM in May 2018 from the University of Bologna, where I received my PhD in General Management. My current research interests involve innovation, identity, professional careers, and market categories. My goal is to understand socio-cognitive dynamics of creativity and innovation, at product, actor, and team-level, with a particular focus on the creative and cultural settings. To date, I have three overlapping streams of investigation: 1) on the socio-cognitive determinants of audience’s reaction to creative products and their aesthetic dimension; 2) on identity development in creative and cultural settings; 3) on producer-side career patterns that sustain successful innovation.

In conducting research, I use a variety of methodologies for data analysis. I acquired advanced skills in parametric and non-parametric statistical methods, as well as experience doing social network modeling, social sequence analysis, and text analysis. Alongside this quantitative research skills, I also have considerable experience in qualitative data gathering and analysis, including the preparation of interview protocols, transcription, and coding through machine-assisted routines.

Education and Affiliations

2016: Ph.D. in General Management. University of Bologna.

2011: M.S. in Decision-making, Entrepreneurship, Social Responsibility. University of Trento.

2009: B.S. in Economics. University of Trento.

2017–2018: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. University of Bologna, Department of Management.

2017: Visiting Scholar. Columbia University, Center on Organizational Innovation (COI).

2014–2015: Visiting PhD Candidate. Columbia University, Department of Sociology.


Formilan G. (forthcoming). Organizational style, style typologies, and stylistic coherence in the ranking distribution of creative producers. Advances in Strategic Management (Style in Strategy and Strategy of Style: Theoretical Developments, Empirical Results, and Research Agenda).

Formilan G., Ferriani, S. and Cattani, G. (forthcoming). A methodological essay on the application of social sequence analysis to the study of creative trajectories. In Dörfler, V., Stierand, M. (eds.). Handbook of Research Methods on Creativity, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Formilan G. and Boari C. (2018). “Do you note me? The impact of multidimensional identity on Electronic Dance Music performance”. In Canonico P., Consiglio S., Mangia G., Martinez M., Mercurio R., Moschera L. (eds.). Organizing in the shadow of power: voices from the Italian community of organization studies. 555-606. Studi MOA, Roma: Minerva Bancaria.

Formilan G. (2016). Essays on identity social construction, multidimensionality, and its effect on creative products’ performance in Electronic Dance Music. Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Ph.D. Thesis in General Management, XXVIII cycle, Dissertation Committee: Cristina Boari, Simone Ferriani, David Stark.



Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
Room B0.08
University of Warwick

Email: Giovanni dot Formilan at warwick dot ac dot uk