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 a 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. By focusing on the relationship between multiple aspiration discrepancies and such constructs as attention, problem framing, and search, she has taken an approach that combines multiple theoretical perspectives – including behavioral theory of the firm, institutional theory, and cognitive theory – to stake out comprehensive and dynamic avenues for exploring how diverse organizations and their decision makers try to make sense of different situations, search for solutions to problems, and take actions. Her research has been published in leading journals including Academy of Management Review and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.

  • 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
  • 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., 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.

  • 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.
  • The effects of categorical overlap and categorical ordering on the probability of getting funded (with Boulongne, R., Favaron, S.D., & Piazza, A.).
    • PDW on Optimal Distinctiveness, AOM 2017, Atlanta, USA.
    • The 2017 Medici Summer School in Management Studies MIT Sloan, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 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.