Sara Bonesso, Ph.D

Affiliation: Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia


Sara Bonesso is Associate Professor of Business Organization and Human Resources Management at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where she received her Ph.D in Management. She is also member of the Teaching Committee of the Ph.D. program in Management, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

She is one of the founder and the vice-director of the Ca’ Foscari Competency Centre, the first academic centre in Italy which carries out research activities and provides a range of services related to the assessment and the development of emotional and social competencies in higher education ( As vice-director, Sara Bonesso contributed to the start up of the Centre, through the definition and implementation of the methodological approach and the related didactic tools adopted for the research and teaching activity. She designs and teaches innovative educational programs based on the intentional change theory and experiential learning. She is in charge of the communication and visibility of the centre at the University, local and international level. She also promotes the networking activity with the international partners, local institutions, and firms. In 2015, the didactic project of the Ca’ Foscari Competency Centre “PerFORMARE EmotivaMENTE" has been shortlisted at the Wharton-QS Stars "Reimagine Education" Awards, shortlisted project ", section "Nurturing Employability".

She has been in charge of several research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Research, the European Social Fund, and local and regional institutions. She has been visiting scholar at the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and IPC (Industrial Performance Center) MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA) from December 2005 to May 2006.
She is also Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology (section Organizational Psychology) and peer reviewer for some management journals.

Her research interests lie in the fields of Organizational Design, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management. Her recent research investigates the development and assessment of emotional and social competencies, the impact of behavioral competencies on entrepreneurial intent, innovation, boundaryless career and employability, ambidexterity, technology sourcing, organizational design for innovation and technology transfer.

In 2015 he received the Best Paper Award at the Institute for Small Business and for her paper titled “Entrepreneurs' behavioural competencies and social network for innovation generation.
Her research has appeared in the Journal of Small Business Management, Frontiers in Organizational Psychology, Technovation, The Journal of Technology Transfer and the European Management Journal, and her recent works has been presented in several international conferences, such as AOM (Academy of Management), EURAM (European Academy of Management), BAM (British academy of management), IWHRM (International Workshop on Human Resources Management), ICEI (International Congress of Emotional Intelligence), and ISBE (Institute for Small Business Entrepreneurship).

Journal Articles
Bonesso, S., Gerli, F., Pizzi, C., Cortellazzo, L., 2018. Students’ entrepreneurial intentions: The role of prior learning experiences and emotional, social and cognitive competencies. Journal of Small Business Management (ISSN 1540-627X).

Scapolan, A.; Montanari, F.; Bonesso, S., Gerli, F., Mizzau, L., 2017. Behavioural competencies and organizational performance in Italian performing arts: An exploratory study. ACADEMIA, vol. 30, pp. 192-214 (ISSN 1012-8255).

Bruni E., Bonesso S., Gerli F., 2017. Metaphors for innovation: How entrepreneurs narrate different types of innovation. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings (ISSN: 2151-6561).

Bonesso, S., Gerli, F., Pizzi, C. 2015. The interplay between experiential and traditional learning for competency development. Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 6 (Section Organizational Psychology), pp. 1-18 (ISSN 1664-1078).

Gerli, F., Bonesso, S., Pizzi, C., 2015. Boundaryless career and career success: the impact of emotional and social competencies. Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 6 (Section Organizational Psychology), pp. 1-17 (ISSN 1664-1078).

Pizzi, C., Bonesso, S., Gerli, F., 2015. How to measure the frequency and the variety of a competency portfolio using behavioural event interview. Rivista Italiana di Economia, Demografia e Statistica, vol. LXIX, pp. 167-177 (ISSN 0035-6832).

Bonesso, S., Gerli, F., Scapolan, A., 2014. The individual side of ambidexterity: Do individuals' perceptions match actual behaviors in reconciling the exploration and exploitation trade-off?. European Management Journal, vol. 32, pp. 392-405 (ISSN 0263-2373).

Comacchio, A., Bonesso, S., Pizzi, C., 2012. Boundary spanning between industry and university: The role of technology transfer centres, The Journal of Technology Transfer, 37, pp. 943-966 (ISSN: 0892-9912).

Bonesso, S., Comacchio, A., Pizzi, C., 2011. Technology sourcing decisions in exploratory projcredits, Technovation 31 (10-11), pp. 573-585 (ISSN: 0166-4972).

Comacchio, A., Scapolan, A., Bonesso, S., 2007. Innovation, complementarities and performance in micro/small enterprises. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 7 (1), pp. 5-28 (ISSN: 1368-275X).

Books and Book Chapters
Boyatzis R.E., Goleman, D., Gerli, F., Bonesso, S., Cortellazzo, L., in press. Emotional and social intelligence competencies and the intentional change process, in Cognitive Readiness in Project Teams: Reducing Project Complexity and Increasing Success in Project Management, Taylor & Francis Group.

Boyatzis R.E., Goleman, D., Gerli, F., Bonesso, S., in press. Emotional and social intelligence competencies for project management, in Cognitive Readiness in Project Teams: Reducing Project Complexity and Increasing Success in Project Management, Taylor & Francis Group.

Bonesso, S., Gerli, F., Comacchio, A., Cortellazzo, L., 2017. Developing leadership identity and emotional competencies in higher education: Methodological insights and empirical evidence from the Italian context, in Emotions and Identity Vol. 13, eds. Zerbe W.J., Hartel, C.E.J., Ashkanasy, N.M., Petitta, L., Research on Emotion in Organizations, Emerald Publishing Limited (ISBN:9781787144385).

Comacchio, A.; Bonesso, S.; Finotto, V. 2016. Tie formation through venture concept development in emerging innovative start-ups, in D. Pittino and F Visintin (eds.), Fast Growing Firms in a Slow Growth Economy Institutional Conditions for Innovation, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar (ISBN 978 1 78536 710 6).

Bonesso, S., Comacchio, A., Pizzi, C., 2014. Project-based knowledge in organizing Open Innovation, Berlin, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg (ISBN 9781447165095).

Comacchio, A. , Bonesso, S., 2012. Performance evaluation for knowledge transfer organizations: Best european practices and a conceptual framework in Hongyi Sun, Management of Technological Innovation in Developing and Developed Countries, Reijka, Intech, pp. 127-152 (ISBN 9789535103653).

Comacchio, A., Gerli, F., Scapolan, A., Bonesso, S., 2008. HR Outsourcing in Italy, in Martin, G., Reddington, M., Alexander, H. (eds.), Technology, Outsourcing and Transforming HR, Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, pp. 57-85 (ISBN: 978-0-7506-8645-7).

Conference Proceedings
Imam, H., Bonesso, S., 2017. Assessing graduates’ employability and career satisfaction through emotional and social competencies, British Academy of Management Conference Proceedings, 5-7 September (ISBN 978-0-9956413-0-3).

Cortellazzo, L., Bonesso, S., Gerli, F., 2017. Experiences that matter: Developing behavioural competencies through experiential learning, European Academy of Management, 21-24 June (ISSN 2466-7498).

Bonesso, S., Gerli, F., Cortellazzo, L., 2017. Promoting emotional and social competencies in higher education: A case study in the Italian context, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 4-8 August.

Bonesso, S., Gerli, F., Cortellazzo, L., 2016. Self-identity at the early stage of the new business idea formation: The role of entrepreneurial passion, European Academy of Management, 1-4 June (ISSN 2466-7498).

Cortellazzo, L., Bonesso, S., Gerli, F., 2016. Entrepreneurs' behavioural skills for internationalization, International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) Conference Proceedings, 14-16 December (ISSN 2222-7318).

Gerli, F., Bonesso, S., Cortellazzo, L., 2016. Nurturing entrepreneurs' innovative capability: the role of competency portfolio and social capital, Academy of Management Conference, 5-9 August.

Gerli, F., Bonesso, S., Batista Foguet, J.M., Pizzi, C., Cortellazzo, L., Tintorri, S., 2015. How much can we rely on others' ratings? A critical examination of multisource feedback on emotional and social competencies, European Academy of Management, 17-20 June (ISBN 978-8386437-600).

Bonesso, S., Gerli, F., Pizzi, C., Tintorri, S., 2015. When innovation needs competency: The role of a wide emotional and social competency portfolio to attain innovation diversification. British Academy of Management Conference, 8-10 September (ISBN 978-0-9549608-8-9).

Bonesso S., Tintorri S. 2014. The state of the art of innovative behaviour literature: A bibliometric analysis, ISBE Conference, 5-6 November (ISBN 9781900862271).









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