Department of Economics and Business Sciences

My research interests are at the intersection of entrepreneurship, organization and innovation. Mainly, in my research, I am interested in understanding the mechanisms, such as learning, that drive entrepreneurial behaviour in the creation of new business and existing businesses.

Topics of interest include organizational learning, entrepreneurial organization, the creation of new businesses and, more generally, the individual-context nexus in the generation of change and innovation.

Teaching activity

  • "Innovation and Creativity", in the course of study in Managerial Economics
  • Co-teacher of "Healthcare Management" in the radiology technician course of study

Main publications

Loi, M., & Fayolle, A. (2022). Rethinking and reconceptualising entrepreneurship education a legacy from Alistair Anderson. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 34 (7-8), 701-721. DOI:

Loi, M., & M. Chiara, Di Guardo (2022). Imprenditorialità e creazione di impresa nel contesto universitario Italiano. Franco Angeli: Milano. ISBN: 9788835121886.

Loi, M., Marras, G., & Cabiddu (2022). Pensiero divergente e performance dei social media influence: quale ruolo per la creatività?. In G. Bertoli et al., (Eds.), Innovazione e Management (pp. 327-337). EGEA Editore, Milano.

Loi, M., Fayolle, A., van Gelderen, M., Riot, E., Refai, D., Higgins, D., ... & Cavarretta, F. (2021). Entrepreneurship Education at the Crossroads: Challenging Taken-for-Granted Assumptions and Opening New Perspectives. Journal of Management Inquiry, DOI: 10564926211042222.

Castriotta, M., Loi, M., Marku, E., & Moi, L. (2021). Disentangling the corporate entrepreneurship construct: conceptualizing through co-words. Scientometrics. DOI:

Loi, M., Barbieri, B., Castriotta, M. and Di Guardo, M.C. (2021). Strive towards a good performance or avoid a failure performance in entrepreneurship education: a look into growth and independence-oriented intentions. Education + Training, 63(4), 513-529. DOI:

Loi, M. & Fayolle, A. (2021). The impact of entrepreneurship education. An overview of the past, the present, and a glimpse of future trends. In C. H. Matthews and E. W. Liguori (Eds.), Annals of Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy (pp. 170-193). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Di Guardo, M. C., Marku, E., Bonivento, W. M., Castriotta, M., Ferroni, F., Galbiati, C., Gorini, G. & Loi, M. (2021). When nothing is certain, anything is possible: open innovation and lean approach at MVM. R&D Management.

Marku, E., Castriotta, E., Loi, M., & Di Guardo, M. C. (2020). General Purpose Technology: The Blockchain Domain. International Journal of Business and Management, 15(11), 192-205.

Castriotta, M., Di Guardo, M.C., Loi, M., & Marku, E. (2020). La strategia. In M. Martinez (Ed). Organizzazione aziendale. Giappichelli Editore.

Castriotta. M., Loi, M., Marku, E., & Naitana, L. (2019). What's in a name? Exploring the Conceptual Structure of Emerging Organizations. Scientometrics. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-018-2977-2.

Marku, E., Castriotta, M., Di Guardo, M.C. & Loi, M. (2019). Mapping innovation in the digital transformation era: The role of technology convergence. In K. Mezghani & W. Aloulou (Eds.), Business Transformations in the Era of Digitalization. PA: IGI-Global. ISBN: 9781522572626.

Loi, M. (2018). Dealing with the inconsistency of studies in entrepreneurship education effectiveness: A systemic approach to drive future research. In A. Fayolle (Ed.), A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship Education. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN: 978 1 78643 291 9.

Tixier J., Loi, M., Le Pontois, S., Tavakoli, M., & Fayolle, A. (2018). Entrepreneurship education effectiveness: What we can learn from education and organizational studies. In J. Turner & G. Mulhollandr (Eds.), Enterprising Education: International Perspectives, Challenges, and Practice. Routledge. ISBN: 9781315518206.

Loi, M. (2018). Dynamics of entrepreneurship education: How human and social capital interact with learning. In N. Zakaria, & L. Kaushal (Eds.), Global Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation in the Sharing Economy. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. ISBN: 9781522528357.

Loi, M., Castriotta, M., &  Di Guardo, M. C. (2018). The Power of optimism and the adaptive process in a learning context of venture creation. In P. Canonico, S. Consiglio, G. Mangia, M. Martinez, R. Mercurio, & L. Moschera (Eds), Organizing in the shadow of power: Voices from the Italian community of organization studies. Studi MOA. ISBN: 9781317749462.

Bellò, B., Mattana, V., & Loi, M. (2018). The power of peers: A new look at the impact of creativity, social context and self-efficacy on entrepreneurial intentions. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 24(1), 214-233.

Castriotta, M., & Loi, M. (2017). Entrepreneurship education and the rise of new organizations. Mapping research and future tendencies. Franco Angeli: Milano. ISBN: 9788891763860.

Di Guardo, M. C., & Loi, M. (2016). Nuova Impresa – Cercasi studente esperto con forte propensione imprenditoriale. Prospettive in Organizzazione, 5, 1-7.

Loi, M., Castriotta, M., & Di Guardo, M. C. (2016). The Theoretical foundation of entrepreneurship education: How co-citations are shaping the field, International Small Business Journal, 34(7), 948-971.

Loi, M., & Di Guardo, M. C. (2015). The third mission of universities: An investigation of the espoused values. Science and Public Policy, 42(6), 855-870.

Loi, M., & Di Guardo, M. C. (2015). A start-up generation approach for teaching entrepreneurship: An overview of affective learning results. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 20(04), 1550027.

Loi, M., Bellò, B., & Mattana, V. (2015). Valutazione del rischio stress lavoro correlato: il caso di una pubblica amministrazione. Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia, 37 (1), 56-64.

Peer-reviewed Proceedings

Loi, M., Castriotta, E., Marku, E., Di Guardo, M. C., & Patriotta, G. (2021). Prospecting, balancing and reversing: entrepreneurial learning from positive and negative events. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2021, No. 1, p. 15755). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.

Opizzi, M., & Loi, M. (2021). A theory-driven model of the spin-off creation process: A Social Information Processing perspective. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2021, No. 1, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management. DOI_

Opizzi, M., & Loi, M. (2021). Looking at the spin-off process through a social information processing lens: a systematic literature review. In Workshop di Organizzazione Aziendale (WOA) 2021.

Loi, M., Castriotta, E., Marku, E., Di Guardo, M. C., & Patriotta, G. (2020). Everyday experience and entrepreneurial learning: When ordinary events trigger learning. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2019: BCERC Proceedings (Best paper - BCERC).

Loi, M., Barbieri, B., Castriotta, M., & Di Guardo, M. C. (2020). Strive or Avoid: A Motivational Perspective of Growth and Independence-oriented Intentions. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ISSN: 0065-0668.

Maryami, S., Loi, M., & Martinez, M. (2020). Peers and Social Network in the Entrepreneurial Development: A Systematic Literature Review. EURAM The business of now: the future starts here.

Maryami, S., Loi, M., Di Guardo, MC., & Martinez, M. (2020). Teams: A systematic literature review and implications for entrepreneurship education". ESU Conference - Helsinki, Finland.

Loi, M., Cogoni, M., Di Guardo, M. C., & Filatotchev, I. (2019, July). The Cognitive Base of Educational Background and its Impact on Entrepreneurial Knowledge Structures. Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2019, No. 1, p. 12077). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.

Loi, M., Castriotta, M., Marku, E., & Di Guardo, M.C. (2018). Entrepreneurs’ practical wisdom: Entrepreneur-event nexus in the entrepreneurial learning process. XXXII Rent Conference. ISSN: 2219-5572.

Loi, M., Castriotta, M., Barbosa, S., Di Guardo, M. C., Fayolle, A., & Linan, F. (2017). Modes of thought in entrepreneurial intention studies: A collective intelligence perspective. In Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, Atlanta. ISSN: 0065-0668.

Loi, M., Barbieri, B., Castriotta, M., & Di Guardo, M. C. (2017). Entrepreneurial intention or intentions? An empirical investigation on Douglas’ conceptualization. XXXI Rent Conference. ISSN: 2219-5572.

Loi, M., Cogoni, M., & Di Guardo, M. C. (2015). An investigation on entrepreneurial knowledge structures: The role of university students background. In Linking Technology and Feeding the Mind, ECP Congress; Innexta: Milano. ISBN: 978-8898116225.

Loi, M., & Di Guardo, M. C. (2015). Fostering entrepreneurship: Which outcomes for Entrepreneurial education?. In Linking Technology and Feeding the Mind, EPC Congress; Innexta: Milano. ISBN: 978-8898116225.

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