Riccardo De Vita

Dr Riccardo De Vita PGCE, MA, PhD

Riccardo De Vita

Dr Riccardo De Vita
PGCE, MA, PhD

Head of International Business and Economics department, Business School

Department of International Business and Economics

Business School

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.

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