Assistant Professor
Simone Poledrini


Universities & Institutions

  • University of Genoa

Areas of Interest

  • Non-profit organisations
  • NGOs
  • Social enterprise
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Civil society
  • Third sector


Simone Poledrini is an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Genoa. Previously, he was appointed for fifteen years as an Assistant Professor of Management of Innovation at the University of Perugia. In addition, from October 2014 to April 2015, he was a visiting researcher at the “Centre d’Economie Sociale” at the University of Liege in Belgium. Earlier, he worked as a Researcher with the SOCENT research program, the leading research project on social enterprises worldwide from 2013 to 2017. He has also coordinated two research projects on social enterprises, “Expertise to Grow” and “IN.NE.S.T.I. (Integration into society via Enterprise),” both funded by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. Since 2019, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of EMES.

Simone’s main research interests are social enterprises and social entrepreneurship, focusing on the accountability of social enterprises, motivations of social entrepreneurship and reciprocity. In particular, he published an article on this last topic in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly journal, which has the highest impact factor among journals for the nonprofit sector. He also has several publications on social enterprises and the nonprofit sector, including an authored book, an edited book, and several book chapters and articles published in various journals or presented in conferences.

Simone holds a PhD in SMEs in International Business from the University of Perugia, and an MSc in Industry and Innovation Analysis from the University of Sussex.

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