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Vanina Torlò

Vanina Torlò PGCert, PhD

Vanina J Torlò
PGCert, PhD

Principal Lecturer in Strategic Management & Quality Assurance Coordinator

Department of Systems Management and Strategy

Business School

Vanina Torlo is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at the University of Greenwich (London, UK) and a visiting lecturer in organisational behaviour at Luiss Guido Carli (Rome, Italy). Before joining the University of Greenwich, Vanina was an EU Research Fellow and a visiting lecturer in business strategy at the Cass Business School (London, UK).

Vanina graduated in management at Luiss Business School in Italy and holds a PhD Business Administration from the University of Bologna (Italy). Vanina’s research brings social network theories into management to explain the existence of a feedback process linking network structures and outcomes in organisations. She has published numerous works on this subject in top-ranked international journals as well as book chapters in the field of strategy, organisational behaviour and social networks.

Vanina's professional experience includes teaching, research and consultancy which all entail specific decision making responsibilities. Her teaching interests and expertise revolve around strategic management and social networks, which she has taught in London, Italy and Switzerland, and at different levels of education.

Vanina has also designed and delivered training for well-known UK companies, and provides consultancy for several SMEs for the University's Centre for Innovation, Imagination and Inspiration. This involves providing business advice to clients and making decisions regarding possible strategic directions to follow.

Vanina has provided strategic consultancy for:

  • Italia Independent, which operates in a range of sectors, including eyewear and home décor
  • Top Class, an Italisan business operating in the furniture industry.

Teaching and administrative activities

Vanina Torlo delivers lectures and tutorials for the following courses:

  • Global Strategy –  at postgraduate level
  • Managing Strategy –  at undergraduate level
  • Consultancy –  at undergraduate level.

Since her appointment as a lecturer at the University of Greenwich in May 2011, her role has expanded to include management, development and mentoring responsibilities. She took over the global strategy course leadership in September 2012.

Vanina has also significantly enhanced her teaching expertise by designing, developing and delivering corporate teaching for large UK companies. She also supports other courses where her knowledge and expertise could be exploited for the benefit of the Business School.

MPhil/PhD supervision

2012–13: Supervisor for two PhD students.

Grants

Runner-up for the Early Career Researcher Communicator of the Year Prize Award at the University of Greenwich (2012). Funding obtained: approx. £1,500

Nomination for Best Paper for Practice Implications Award at the 2012 Strategic Management Society Conference (SMS).

Best Paper for Practice Implications Award at the 2011 Strategic Management Society Conference (SMS).

EU Marie Curie Fellowship at Cass Business School (London, UK). Project title: Social Networks and Idiosyncratic Risk in the Hedge Funds Industry (2008/2010). Funding obtained: approx. £150,000 (€180,000)

Fondazione IRI Fellowship at Cass Business School (London, UK). Project title: Social Networks in the Hedge Funds Industry (2007/2008). Funding obtained: approx. £30,000 (€36,000)

Research Fellowship at Luiss Guido Carli University (Rome, Italy). Project title: Strategy and Alliances within the TLC sector (2006/2009). Funding obtained: approx. £41,000 (€50,000)

PhD Scholarship at University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy). Title: Ph.D. in Business Management (2003/2006). Funding obtained: approx. £30,000 (€36,000)

Marco Polo Scholarship at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US). Visiting scholar working on the project entitled: Social Networks analysis and Science (2005). Funding obtained from the University of Bologna: approx. £2,900 (€3,500)

Vanina's extensive professional network has been established from her previous teaching roles and current research projects. She maintains contact with colleagues at many other universities, including Cass Business School (London), Oxford University, University of Lugano (Switzerland), Luiss University (Italy) and the University of Bologna (Italy).

Vanina is also a member of the Academy of Management (in which she is an active reviewer) and the International Network for Social Network Analysis (in which she is an active contributor).

As an expert in business strategy, Vanina has been consulting several  SMEs in London and abroad, providing strategic direction and support to help them implement strategic plans.

As part of her course leadership activities, Vanina liaises with foreign partner institutions to ensure the smooth running of the courses.

Vanina's research brings social network theories into management to explain the existence of a feedback process linking network structures and outcomes in organisations.

In one line of research, Vanina explores, theoretically and empirically, the co-evolution of social networks and individual performance through the specification of a dynamic agent-based model. In a second line of research, Vanina focuses on the performance implications of centrality at firm level proving that the performance of organisations exhibits decreasing returns to their centrality.

In a third line of research, Vanina proposes a novel network perspective on industry performance focusing on the network ties between firms belonging to an industry and other key players in order to investigate the role of this socio-relational topology in shaping firms' performance dynamics which, in turn, influence the industry performance itself.

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