Francesco Rullani

Francesco Rullani Francesco Rullani is Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Management of Innovation at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome.


He has been Assistant Professor in Management and Economics of Innovation at Copenhagen Business School and member of the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID). He has worked for Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei (FEEM), and received his PhD from LEM at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. He has been visiting fellow at Stanford University and Bocconi University. His research focuses on production of knowledge by self-organizing groups of actors. In particular, the dynamics of the incentives underpinning the work of a large number of volunteers, the organisational forms emerging from their interaction, the strategies used to manage resource in self-organizing communities, the sustainability and transformation of evolving networks, are the key issues he has been interested in. Francesco has explored these themes in the field of free/open source software, employing mainly quantitative techniques applied to large databases, but also theoretical elaboration and formal modeling. His research has been published in top journals in Innovation Studies, such as Industrial and Corporate Change and Research Policy, and in top journals in other fields, such as International Journal of Industrial Organization. Further information on Francesco’s work can be found at