Opening speech by Filippo Carlo Wezel


Opening speech. Universities between bureaucracy and market pressures: selected reflections from an organization theory perspective

Filippo Carlo Wezel, Institute of Management, Università della Svizzera italiana.

Wednesday, 2nd of September 2015, 10.20 - 11.00, Auditorium

The world of Universities is undergoing significant changes. On the one hand, Universities are requested to exhibit accountability to justify public funding under increased budgetary constraints. On the other, the competition for funding and for mobile students grants Universities access to unprecedented incentives to productivity. The simultaneous push towards increased professionalism and economic rewards renders Universities an appealing context in which exploring the effects of hybrid forms of organizing on individual productivity and turnover. The discussion is generalized to alternative market settings in which other organizations face a similar trade-off.

Filippo Carlo Wezel was appointed Professor of Organization theory at the Faculty of Economics in September 2009. He is also Permanent Visiting Professor at EM Lyon (France) and Senior Extra-mural Fellow of CentER (Netherlands). With a PhD in Management from the University of Bologna, he previously held appointments at the University of Groningen (post-doc) and at Tilburg University (assistant and, then, associate professor). He acquired further academic experience as visiting professor at Duke and Columbia Universities, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and at the Wharton Business School. His teaching interests include organizational theory and organizational behavior, which he has taught at the undergraduate, master, PhD and executive levels. His research focuses on organizational diversity, inter-firm mobility, and industry emergence.