Paolo Russo is Affiliate Professor of Strategy and Enterpreneurship at SDA Bocconi School of Management. He is Full Professor of Business Administration and Accounting, Economics Faculty, at Catholic University of Milan.
At SDA Bocconi, he designed and launched several programs for owners and general managers in the field of Strategy, with a particular emphasis on financial improvement. Some of these programs reached special visibility among SDA Bocconi activities, as it was the case for the program on “Decisions and Financial improvement” (offered since 1993), “General Management and Corporate Success” (since 2001) and “Buying and selling the business” (since 2008). He also led several custom programs, both in training and in “tailored research”.
His research activities focus on business strategy, strategic change, shareholder value and performance improvement. His current research addresses three main questions: the impact of the financial conditions of the purchaser on the quality of the acquisition process and post-acquisition integration; the determinants of shareholder value and its impact on management decisions and compensation systems; the strategic appraisal and on the techniques to take into account both strategic position and strategic change in the appraisal process. In the early 2000s, he took part in research projects with MIT colleagues (including Nobel Prize Franco Modigliani) on the issue of cost of capital and corporate evaluation.
He is the author of numerous books and articles on several issues, both on business strategy and on the drivers of shareholder value. He was chairman of the Committee for the qualification exam as Dottore Commercialista at the Catholic University of Milan (2001-2002). He holds a lifelong and broad experience as a consultant to both family owned companies and large multinationals. He travels regularly to China, where he has been serving for more than five years to Chinese companies in the process of acquisition of Italian companies and in IPO projects in Chinese stock market. He is enrolled in the Ordine dei Dottori Commercialisti di Milano (the association of Public Accountants), of whom is a member (CPA).
Paolo earned an MSc in Economics and Management and a Ph.D. in Management both from Bocconi University. A reserve officer in the Italian Navy, he was awarded the officer sword and sash as first ranked in 75^ graduate training program for reserve officer trainees at the Italian Navy Academy (1987).