Dr. Alessandra Vecchi is a Senior Research Fellow at London College of Fashion. She was formerly based in the School of Business and in the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS) at Trinity College in Dublin in Ireland where she still holds the position of IIIS Research Associate. She has been also nominated Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Bologna in Italy where she holds a Marie Curie Fellowship. Besides teaching several subjects mostly in the field of International Business and Operations Management at postgraduate level, she supervises MA and Ph.D. students in a wide array of Fashion Management related subjects. She has a significant track of high-profile publications and her research interests tend to be of multidisciplinary nature and rather eclectic. They span from Chinese acquisitions of Made in Italy luxury brands, value creation and strategic upgrading of fashion clusters, governance of family business groups, luxury firms’ strategic use of social media to quality management and the adoption of new technologies both from a marketing and supply chain management perspective. She is author of two books – ‘The Viability of Industrial Districts’ (2006) and ‘The Business of Space – The Next Frontier of International Competition’ co-authored with Professor Louis Brennan (2011).