R. (Riccardo) Valboni MSc

Riccardo Valboni
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM PhD Candidate
Field: Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Affiliated since 2011

My research investigates how mergers and acquisitions (M&A) affect organizational performance. In my current studies, I focus on factors that improve decision making effectiveness in the target integration process and on internal and external conditions that stimulate knowledge transfer between acquiring and acquired firms.

Before starting my PhD, I worked as a patent licensing officer in the pharmaceutical sector.

I obtained both my BA in Business and Administration and my MS in Economics and Management of Innovation at Bocconi University of Milan.

PhD Track Knowledge Transfer in Organizational Critical Events: Recycling and Recombination of Knowledge in Failures and Acquisitions

This proposal investigates how firms exchange knowledge in critical events such as failures and acquisitions. Results from the analyses proposed contribute to explain how companies develop their know-how and create value by combining their knowledge with that of external parts. When companies fail, knowledge transfer ensures that firms’ understanding of productive and competing strategies is preserved and transmitted to other organizations. For companies involved in acquisitions, the capability to exchange and recombine know-how allows partners to realize synergies and produce wealth from the integration of their facilities.

To investigate how knowledge transfer processes work, I propose to ‘follow’ moving employees. I argue that the analysis of their careers shows how firms exchange knowledge and how they absorb it transforming know-how into economic worth.

knowledge transfer; recycling; resource recombination; failure; acquisition; key-employees
Time frame
2011 -


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