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As a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, Elisa has developed and taught courses at the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive Levels. Key topics, concepts and tools are highlighted below.

Private equity and venture capital

Understanding the financing of high-risk and high-reward projects.

Navigating and assessing different investors, their selection strategies and contribution.

Key concepts and tools:

  • Venture capital and corporate venture capital
  • Accelerators and incubators
  • Corporate investment and open innovation
  • International investment

Technological change and innovation

Formulating strategies for radical and incremental innovation.

Leading organizations through technological change.

Key concepts and tools:

  • Radical and incremental innovation
  • Deep-tech innovation
  • Internal and external fit
  • Timing investments in new technologies
  • Strategic renewal

International entrepreneurship

Scaling up through international expansion.

Balancing opportunities and costs of internationalization.

Key concepts and tools:

  • De-risking and acceleration
  • Formulating value creation and appropriation strategies
  • Developing minimum viable products (MVPs) for international markets
  • Innovation protection and IP management

Innovation ecosystems and platforms

Innovation ecosystems.

Key concepts and tools:

  • Drivers of innovation ecosystems
  • Establishing and growing clusters
  • Understanding the role of government and regulation

Innovation platforms.

Key concepts and tools:

  • Platform business models
  • Developing supply and demand
  • Globalization vs. localization

Competitive and corporate strategy

Understanding market entry and competitive dynamics.

Crafting business models for sustainable value creation.

Leveraging synergies across business units and crafting business portfolios.

Key concepts and tools:

  • Industry and value chain structure
  • Business models and value analysis
  • Integrating and outsourcing
  • Strategic alliances and M&A

Global strategy

Managing multinational businesses and leveraging global value chains.

Key concepts and tools:

  • Where to enter: Analyzing strengths and weaknesses of different markets
  • When to enter: Developing a path and timing of global expansion
  • How to enter: Leveraging strategic alliances and M&A
  • Managing subsidiary-headquarter relationships