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Piera Morlacchi

Lecturer, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex


Dr. Morlacchi is an organizational scholar who studies the relationship between technologies and organization with a focus on healthcare and medicine. Initially she studied engineering science at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) where she completed her Bachelor and Master degrees in management and industrial engineering, with a specialization in complex systems modelling and artificial intelligence (dissertation title "Design of neural networks for modelling and managing of production systems"). After working as a research assistant during my master studies at graduation she was hired in Milano as a research fellow and lecturer, where she stayed for three years. In 1998 she moved to the UK to do her PhD in the School of Management, University of Bath (UK) completing a thesis on innovation in the medical device field (title "How new technologies become legitimated: the co-evolution of technologies and networks in the cardiac implantable device field") and graduating in 2003. She joined the University of Sussex in May 2003. Here, she is affiliated to SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) and B&M (Business & Management) department within the BMEc School and she has been involved in research, administration and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the area of entrepreneurship, management and organization, research methodology and policy.