AMBRA MAZZELLI

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations, Asia School of Business
International Faculty Fellow at MIT

Area of Expertise:

Organization and Management Theory, Family Business

Ambra Mazzelli is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at Asia School of Business (ASB) and an International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to joining ASB she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Concordia University, John Molson School of Business (Montreal, Canada). Ambra holds a PhD in Management from Lancaster University Management School (Lancaster, UK) and received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Management Engineering from University of Bergamo (Bergamo, IT).

Ambra’s research interests lie in organization and management theory. Specifically, her research is dedicated to understanding the dynamics of organizational responses to unmet goals and their implications for organizational change in family and non-family firms. Her approach combines two main theoretical perspectives – the behavioral theory of the firm and cognitive theory – to stake out new and dynamic avenues for exploring how decision makers collect, interpret, and act upon information signaling the presence of an organizational problem, and how their interpretations and actions are affected and constituted by social exchanges in the environment in which they operate. Her research has been published in leading journals including Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and Long Range Planning.

  • Mazzelli, A., De Massis, A., Messeni Petruzzelli, A., Del Giudice, M., & Khan, Z. In press. Behind ambidextrous search: The microfoundations of search in family and non-family firms. Long Range Planning.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lrp.2019.05.002
  • Mazzelli, A., Nason, R. S., & Carney, M. Breadth and depth in family business research: A response to Jaskiewicz, Combs, and Ketchen (Dialogue). Academy of Management Review, forthcoming.
  • Nason, R. S., Mazzelli, A, & Carney, M. In press. The ties that unbind: Socialization and business-owning family reference point shift. Academy of Management Review. https://journals.aom.org/doi/10.5465/amr.2017.0289
  • Mazzelli, A., Nason, R. S., De Massis, A., & Kotlar, J. In press. Causality rules: Performance feedback on hirerchically related goals and capital investment variability. Journal of Management Studies. DOI: 10.1111/joms.12432
  • Mazzelli, A., Kotlar, J, & De Massis, A. 2018. Blending in while standing out: Selective conformity and new product introduction in family firms. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 42(2): 206-230.
  • Mazzelli, A., Messeni Petruzzelli, A., Del Giudice, M., & Khan, Z. 2018. Ambidextrous Search and Performance in Family Versus Non-family Firms: A Simulation Model. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings 2018(1).
  • Mazzelli, A., Nason, R. S,, & Carney, M. 2018. Social Identity and Status in Action: The Diffusion of Entrepreneurship. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings 2018(1).
  • Miller, D., Mazzelli, A., Le Breton-Miller, I., Kotlar, J., & De Massis, A. 2018. A Longitudinal Investigation of Foreign Markets Entry and Survival in Family Firms. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings 2018(1).
  • Mazzelli, A., & De Massis, A. 2017. The effect of managerial interpretations of aspiration discrepancies on production asset growth. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings 2017(1).
  • Mazzelli, A., & De Massis, A. 2015. A contingent perspective and multidimensional conceptualization of problemistic search. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings 2015(1).
  • Mazzelli, A. 2015. Behavioral theory and the family business. In M. Nordqvist, L. Melin, M. Waldkirch, & G. Kumeto (eds.), Theoretical perspectives on family businesses. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

De Massis, A., Discua Cruz, A., Jackson, J., Kotlar, J., & Mazzelli, A. 2014. Beales Hotels: Embracing change while minding their own business for over 200 years. In P. Sharma, M. Yusof, J. Parada, R-L. DeWitt, & N. Auletta (eds.). The Global STEP Booklet Volume II, 81-86. Babson College Centre for Entrepreneurship.

  • Stairway to tax haven: Network position and deactivation of family-owned offshore entities in the Panama Papers.
    • OMT Junior Faculty Consortium, AOM 2019, Boston, USA. (Scheduled)
    • 35th EGOS Colloquium 2019, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Scheduled)
    • Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC), Grossman School of Business, The University of Vermont, Burlington, USA. (Best Paper Award)
    • AMJ Paper Idea and Development Workshop, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    • 7th Asian Invitational Conference on Family Businesses, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India.
  • A discursive perspective on social capital transferability
    • AMR Paper Idea and Development Workshop, IFERA 2019, Bergamo, Italy. (Scheduled)
  • Social identity and status in action: The diffusion of entrepreneurship.
    • Workshop: The future of conducting and publishing research in entrepreneurship, innovation management and strategy (https://events.unibo.it/future-of-research), University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. (Scheduled)
    • 2019 BCERC, Babson College, Wellesley, MA, United States
  • Foreign market entry and survival in family firms (with Miller, D., Le Breton-Miller, I., Kotlar, J., & De Massis, A.). ENT divisional paper session, AOM 2018, Chicago, USA.
  • Social identity and status in action: The diffusion of entrepreneurship (with Nason, R. S., & Carney, M.). ENT divisional paper session, AOM 2018, Chicago, USA.
  • Ambidextrous search and performance in family versus non-family firms: A simulation model (with Messeni Petruzzelli, A., Del Giudice, M., & Khan, Z). TIM divisional paper session, AOM 2018, Chicago, USA.
  • Imitating or not? Performance relative to social aspirations as a master switch of attention (with De Massis, A.). Macro-track junior faculty consortium, 2018 IACMR, Wuhan, China.
  • In the space of your mind: Mental representations and courses of action in problemistic search. Academy of Management Review PDW, 2018 IACMR, Wuhan, China.
  • Problem formulation and cognitive learning in culturally diverse teams (with Nungsari, M.), 2018 Annual AEA Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education (CTREE), San Antonio, United States
  • The effect of managerial interpretations of aspiration discrepancies on production asset growth (with De Massis, A.). OMT divisional paper session, AOM 2017, Atlanta, USA.
  • The effects of performance feedback permanence on strategic investments (with Nason, R.S.). PDW on Advancing Aspirations Research, AOM 2017, Atlanta, USA.
  • Conformity or divergence…To what? Selective imitative behavior and product innovation introduction in family firms (with Kotlar, J., & De Massis, A.). Theories of Family Enterprise Academic Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
  • A contingent perspective and multidimensional conceptualization of problemistic search (with De Massis, A.).
    • OMT divisional paper session, AOM 2015, Vancouver, Canada.
    • Paper Development and Review Workshop, Lancaster University Management School, UK.
    • Trans-Atlantic Doctoral Conference (TADC) 2015, London Business School, UK.