He formerly taught Business Management as full professor at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Bologna. In BBS he is Academic Director of the Executive Master in Supply Chain and Operations and is President of the Society of Scholars. He studied the relations between customers and suppliers in the industries where out-sourcing had a great importance (textile, apparel, furniture, mechanics, electronics) studying changes which occurred in the purchasing activities of the largest italian firms and trying to define a model of cooperative purchasing policies. He also focused on the effect of massive sub-contracting policy on the boundaries of the firms, and on the new competitive challenges that they would have to face without having the entire control of the production system. He then moved to the study of network organizations and the possibility to reach better performance through cooperation among firms. Recently he examined back-shoring and near-reshoring policy looking at the reasons why companies revise their former off-shoring decisions. He was Head of the Department of Business Management, Chairman of the Engineering management degree, Coordinator of the PhD track in Engineering management at the University of Padua and president of the Italian Academic Society of Engineering management (AiIG). He served as consultant in several industrial companies and he was appointed in the board of some of them (Technogym, Econag, Centro Ceramico, Alma Graduate School)
After developing the decisions of competitive positioning of the company, the process of value creation for customer and the identification of critical success factors that shall orientate the supply chain and operations decisions will be analysed, highlighting the existing relationships between them and business strategic choices. When dealing with the topic of the “enlarged operating system”, both the impact of purchases on competitiveness and the policies that can be implemented for the creation and management of a supply chain consistent with the pursued strategy will be highlighted.