Hi! My name is Marco and I am an Assistant Professor at IE Business School. In my research, I investigate how decisions on the distribution of employees in space and time affect organizational dynamics, design, innovation, and performance.
Prior to joining IE, I was Postdoctoral Fellow in the Organizations & Algorithm Project at INSEAD. I earned my Ph.D. at Bocconi University, Milan (Italy). I earned a M.Sc in Economics and Management of Public Administration and International Institutions and B.Sc. in Economics and Management also at Bocconi. Prior to joining academia, I worked in a Digital Advertising Company and interned in a NGO.
In my research, I investigate how the design of the spatial and temporal distribution of employees impacts organizational dynamics and performance. I rely primarily on quantitative methods combined with multiple computational techniques (text analysis, simulation methods, and social network analysis) and new data sources (text from fully online experiments, data from massive online competitions, and digital exhaust from company internal communications, e.g. emails, chats, video calls).
I aim to understand:
1) how organizational design choices, consequential to the remote distribution of organizational members, affect collaboration dynamics, learning and ideation in creative problem solving and learning activities.
2) how changes in the spatial distribution of organizational members affect the structure of the informal organizational network as well as formal aspects of organizational design, and how they mutually influence each other.
Main Publications & Research in Progress
“GitLab: work where you want, when you want” (2020) (with Prithwiraj Choudhury, Kevin Crowston, Linus Dahlander & Sumita Raghuram)
Journal of Organization Design 9, 23
“Does Social Interaction Hurt Search by Groups? Evidence from Kaggle” (with Tianyu He and Phanish Puranam)
Job Market Paper
Winner of Best Proposal Prize, Behavioral Strategy IG – SMS Annual Meeting, 2021
Nominated for Research Methods Conference Paper Prize – SMS Annual Meeting, 2021
“Groups Differ From Individuals in Learning from Experience in Task Environments with Noisy Feedback” (with Tianyu He and Phanish Puranam)
Revise & Resubmit at Organization Science
People Analytics (Org 2.0) - Teaching Assistant - MBA (2021)
AI 4 Business - Teaching Assistant - Executive Education (2020 - 2021)
Innovation and Big Data in the Public Sector - Short Term Visiting Professor - Undergraduate (2018 - 2021)
Advanced Topics in Health - Guest Lecture on “Some Questions on (Big) Data” - PhD (2018)
Institutions, Government and Society: Research Methods - Teaching Assistant - Graduate (2016 - 2017)
Policy Evaluation - Teaching Assistant - Graduate (2015 - 2016)
Public Management - Teaching Assistant - Undergraduate (2014 - 2015)
Managerial Articles & Media Coverage
“Remote Work Doesn’t Have to Mean All-Day Video Calls” (with Darren Murph and Phanish Puranam) – Harvard Business Review – Digital Article
“Are Offices Obsolete?” – INSEAD Knowledge, The Business Times, Maeil Business Newspaper
“Why the future of work might be 'hybrid'” - BBC Worklife, BBC Mundo, Folha, Globo
“What Newly Remote Teams Need, Right Now” – INSEAD Knowledge, Innovation Management
“Work in office, from home, or both? Hybrid work has potential and pitfalls, say experts” – CNA