Dr Anna Spadavecchia

Senior Lecturer

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

Anna Spadavecchia is a Senior Lecturer in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Previously, she was Associate Professor at the Henley Business School, University of Reading. She holds a PhD in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the Best PhD Dissertation Prize by the European Business History Association (2004) and by the USA-based Business History Conference (Krooss Prize, 2005).

Anna’s research interests are in the fields of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, and Innovation from a regional perspective. She has worked on various historical and contemporary facets of these topics. One facet concerns the role of national and regional policies in promoting the development of small businesses (SMEs) and clusters in Italy from 1951 to 1991. An additional angle is the impact of external economies on the innovation activity of independent inventors, SMEs and large corporations. A further perspective concerns the use of patents by independent inventors and corporations in their attempts to control markets in the early 20th century.

Anna held visiting fellowships at the Centre for Business History, Copenhagen Business School (March-April 2017); Department of Political Economy and Statistics, Università di Siena (January-February 2017); Rutgers Business School, Newark, USA (October, 2009); Department of Economics, University of Tübingen (August, 2003). She is a member of the British Academy of Management, the Business History Conference and the European Business History Association.


Patents, industry control, and the rise of the giant American corporation
Scott Peter, Spadavecchia Anna
Research Policy Vol 52 (2022)
Which actors drove national patterns of technological specialization into the science-based age? The British experience, 1918-1932
Cantwell John, Spadavecchia Anna
Industrial and Corporate Change (2022)
The banking-industry relationship in Italy : large national banks and small local banks compared, 1913-1936
Rinaldi Alberto, Spadavecchia Anna
Business History Vol 63, pp. 988-1006 (2021)
'Old' and recent knowledge in a global industry; the integrated circuit industry and France, 1970s-2013
Ho Yen-Chen, Spadavecchia Anna
Entreprises et Histoire, pp. 56-72 (2020)
Building industrial districts : do subsidies help? Evidence from post-war Italy
Spadavecchia Anna
Business History Review Vol 94, pp. 399-423 (2020)
Fundamental patents, national intellectual property regimes, and the development of new industries in Britain and America during the second industrial revolution
Scott Peter, Spadavecchia Anna
Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook Vol 60, pp. 181-208 (2019)

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Research interests

Development of Clusters, Cluster Policies, Policies for SMEs, Innovation, Business History 

Professional activities

Harvard Business School
Visiting researcher
World Economic History Congress (2022)
Association of Business Historians Conference
25th European Business History Association Congress
Revista de Historia Industrial – Industrial History Review (Journal)
Peer reviewer
World Congress of Business History

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Quantitative Business History _ Special Issue
Spadavecchia, Anna (Principal Investigator) Binda, Veronica (Academic)
10-Jan-2022 - 23-Jan-2023
How does technology travel?
Spadavecchia, Anna (Principal Investigator)
10-Jan-2022 - 09-Jan-2024
Innovation and foreign technology in Italy, 1861-2011
Spadavecchia, Anna (Co-investigator) Cantwell, John (Co-investigator) Barbiellini Amidei, Federico (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2010 - 31-Jan-2011
Innovation and foreign technology in Italy, 1861-2011’
Spadavecchia, Anna (Principal Investigator) Barbiellini Amidei, Federico (Principal Investigator) Cantwell, John (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2010 - 31-Jan-2010
‘Innovation and industrial leadership in interwar Britain’
Spadavecchia, Anna (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2006 - 01-Jan-2007
Innovation and industrial leadership in interwar Britain
Cantwell, John (Co-investigator) Spadavecchia, Anna (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2006 - 30-Jan-2007

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Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Stenhouse Wing

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