Dr I. (Ilaria) Orlandi MSc

Department of Strategy and Innovation
Copenhagen Business School
Former ERIM PhD Candidate
Field: Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Affiliated since 2013

Ilaria is a Ph.D. Candidate in Strategic Management. Her research interests broadly include the effects of social and psychological processes in corporate governance. She currently researches the processes behind the selection and the appointment of board members and upper-echelon executives, and the effect of board diversity on directors' engagement in the boardroom discussion. Outside of her dissertation, Ilaria investigates how constructs, such as information asymmetry, can affect the theorizing process in the management field. 


Ilaria was a visiting scholar at the Management & Organization department at the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University during the Spring semester of 2019. 


She obtained her Master in Philosophy (MPhil) degree in Business and Management in the field of Organizational Behavior (*cum laude*) from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (2015) and her Bachelor degree (BSc) in Economics and Business Economics (*cum laude*) from Erasmus School of Economics (2013). 

PhD Track Unringing the stigma bell: Investigating informational and social mechanisms behind boards of directors’ appointments

How do people make decisions? Traditionally, scholars would agree that decision-makers go through three steps in the decision-making process: (i) gathering information, (ii) evaluating such information, and (iii) deciding. Scholars have unveiled several important mechanisms and details about how information asymmetry influences the information gathering step or how social factors can shape the evaluation step in decision-making. Yet, little is known about how information asymmetry during the information gathering step of decision-making influences which social factors focal actors use in the evaluation step. My dissertation integrates the research streams on information asymmetry and social evaluations in the decision-making process. Specifically, in the three studies in this dissertation, I advance the decision-making field by theorizing more comprehensively about the actors’ decision-making process.

Overall, the studies in this dissertation contribute to the literature on decision-making by showing that it is important to study the interplay between information asymmetry and social evaluations to better understand how individuals make decisions. My broad intent with these studies is to urge decision-making scholars to embrace the complexity behind how individuals, and especially individuals at the top of organizations, make decisions. I also aspire with these studies to broaden our collective understanding of how individuals make decisions by leveraging the informational, social, and cognitive nuances via the integration of different theoretical insights.

Decision-making, Information asymmetry, Social evaluations, Director labor market, Stigma, Social categorization theory, Director selection, Director appointment, Board of directors, Career theory
Time frame
2015 - 2023


  • Academic (1)
    • Bergh, D., Ketchen, D., Orlandi, I., Heugens, P., & Boyd, B. (2019). Information asymmetry in management research: past accomplishments and future opportunities. Journal of Management, 45(1), 122-158. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206318798026

  • Internal (1)
    • Orlandi, I. (2023). Unringing the stigma bell: Investigating informational and social mechanisms behind boards of directors’ appointments. [Doctoral Thesis, Erasmus University Rotterdam]. Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).


Visiting address

Office: KIL/14.-2.94
Kilevej 14A
DK-2000 Frederiksberg

Postal address

Howitzvej 60
2000 Frederiksberg