Dr Riccardo De Vita PGCE, MA, PhD
PGCE, MA, PhD
Head of International Business and Economics department, Business School
Department of International Business and Economics
Riccardo De Vita joined the University of Greenwich in 2009. Previously he worked at Universita Carlo Cattaneo LIUC, where he was involved in teaching and research activities associated with strategy and the management of firms belonging to the "Made in Italy" system, and where he obtained his PhD.
Riccardo applies social network analysis to a wide range of business issues. His recent work focuses on the study of online communities and their interaction with large firms. An active member of the Center for Business Network Analysis (CBNA), he is regularly involved in the delivery of methodological courses.
Teaching and administrative activities
- Programme leader, BA International Business (from September 2009)
- Course leader: Business Ethics and CSR (2008/09), Global Enterprise and Innovation (2009/10)
- Personal tutor/project supervisor at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
- Member of the School Board Formal Constitution, departmental representative
- MPhil/PhD supervision, L. Liang, second supervisor from September 2011. Proposed thesis title: The Impact of Social Networks on Inter-Organisational Collaboration in Innovation.
- Executive member of the UK Association for Social Network Analysis
- Organisation of yearly UK Social Networks Conference, responsibility for early career researchers' activities
- Reviewer for peer reviewed journals and conferences.
Riccardo is active in two, partially overlapping, research domains. He is interested in understanding innovation generation, and more specifically those network structures linking firms and individuals which are associated to the emergence of different forms of innovation. His second line research concerns the structure of online networks and their relevance for different economic behaviours.
In his research Riccardo mainly employs social network analysis techniques and a qualitative case study approach. The use of relatively new methodologies, combined with recent growth in the relevance of these topics, makes these research domains particularly relevant for both academics and practitioners. Riccardo was also invited to deliver training and consultancy to an international organisation.
Funded research projects
De Vita, R. and Conaldi, G. (2012) Re-defining the space for companies-communities interaction: how can firms leverage the innovative potential of open source software production model? Information Systems Dynamics (ISD) International Research Programme, CIGREF Foundation (FR). Value c. EUR20,000.
This project investigated the new business models emerging in the software industries and the interaction of large firms with online communities of software developers.
Cagliesi, G., De Vita, R., Tivegna, M., Della Bina, A. and Chan, P.Y. (2012) A news approach to trading in the exchange rate market: behaviour, information tools and network features of institutional and non-professional traders. University of Greenwich internal competitive funding. Value c. £6–7,000.
This research project was a trading simulation experiment developed in order to understand the relevance of relational and behavioural factors for the trading choices of non-professional traders.
De Vita, R. (2011) Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation. Policy Network Analysis, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia. Value c. £7,500.
This consultancy/training project revolved around the analysis of those policy networks involving influential factors in the deforestation debate in several countries
Hawkes, D., Cagliesi, G., and De Vita, R. (2010) Understanding worklessness: a multi-method pilot study of worklessness in Greenwich. University of Greenwich internal competitive funding. Value c. £23,000.
This project analysed the behaviour of young people in Greenwich in order to develop a more fine-grained understanding of different forms of worklessness and to investigate the possibility of introducing behavioural economic principles that might affect the actions of individuals searching for a job.
Yakavenka, Hanna and De Vita, Riccardo (2012) Engagement in online learning: A case study on MBA students undertaking professional internships. Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching. In: Becoming an inspiring teacher: how do I use technology effectively in teaching and learning?. Educational Development Unit, University of Greenwich. pp. 1-10. ISSN 2044-0081 ISSN 2044-0081
Conaldi, Guido and De Vita, Riccardo (2011) At the core of innovation: network reconfiguration during radical and incremental innovation episodes in an open source software project. International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences. Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.. pp. 5-25. ISSN 1756-7017 ISSN 1756-7017
Sinatra, Alessandro, Alberti, Fernando G., Bernardi, Chiara, De Vita, Riccardo and Sciascia, Salvatore (2010) Sfide e scelte strategiche delle imprese operanti nei settori maturi / Challenges and strategic choices of firms operating in mature industries. In: Economia Aziendale & Management - Scritti In Onore Di Vittorio Coda / Business & Management - Written In Honor Of Victor Tail. EGEA, Milano, Italy. pp. 1839-1851. ISBN 9788823841833
Cronin, Christopher, De Vita, Riccardo and Conaldi, Guido (2015) Joining up the dots: Using social data to measure the effects of events on innovation. Nesta, London, UK.
Yakavenka, Hanna and De Vita, Riccardo (2012) Case study 11: International Business Programme, University of Greenwich. QAA Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland.
Cagliesi, Maria, Hawkes, Denise and De Vita, Riccardo (2012) A multidimensional approach to worklessness: a matter of opportunities, social factors and individual’s idiosyncrasies.
Cagliesi, Maria, De Vita, Riccardo and Hawkes, Denise (2012) UK youth worklessness microdata: a multi-method empirical approach.
Yakavenka, Hanna and De Vita, Riccardo (2012) Mastering professional competencies via peer networks.
De Vita, Riccardo and Marr, Ana (2012) Interorganisational networks in the microfinance industry: the case of Peru.
De Vita, Riccardo and Marr, Ana (2012) Interorganizational networks in microfinance - a comparative study.
Yakavenka, Hanna and De Vita, Riccardo (2012) Exploring social networks of PG students to enhance university learning experience.
Cagliesi, Maria, De Vita, Riccardo and Hawkes, Denise (2011) Joblessness: a matter of opportunities, social factors and individual’s idiosyncrasies. Evidence from the British Household Panel Survey.
De Vita, Riccardo, Alberti, Fernando G. and Giusti, Jessica D. (2011) Don't stand so close to me: unfolding the effects of proximity on innovation driven collaborations in cultural clusters.
De Vita, Riccardo and Pais, Ivana (2011) Reputational systems in business social network sites: An empirical analysis.
Pais, Ivana and De Vita, Riccardo (2011) Professional groups and the social web: social networks and reputation online.
De Vita, Riccardo, Pais, Ivana and Tazzi, Stefano (2011) One, none and a hundred thousand online social networks. Which technology for a business social network site?.
Pais, Ivana, De Vita, Riccardo and Marmo, Roberto (2010) The structure of business social network sites: the case of Milan IN. In: SUNBELT XXX Riva del Garda Fiere Congressi Riva del Garda (TN), Italy June 29 – July 4, 2010. INSNA (International Network for Social Network Analysis), Tampa, USA.
De Vita, Riccardo and Conaldi, Guido (2010) Network properties and innovation generation: comparing intra-organizational networks in the open source software industry.
Conaldi, Guido and De Vita, Riccardo (2009) The network structure of exploration and exploitation: a case study on the production of open source software.
Alberti, Fernando G., De Vita, Riccardo and Sinatra, Alessandro (2009) Multiple knowledge exchange in innovation network: a case study in the aerospace industry.
De Vita, Riccardo and Conaldi, Guido (2009) Knowledge networks change during radical and incremental innovation episodes: a case study on software developmen.