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.


'Old' and recent knowledge in a global industry; the integrated circuit industry and France, 1970s-2013
Spadavecchia Anna, Ho Yen-Chen
Entreprises et Histoire (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)
The banking-industry relationship in Italy : large national banks and small local banks compared, 1913-1936
Rinaldi Alberto, Spadavecchia Anna
Business History (2019)
L’economia politica del credito alla piccola e media impresa in Italia: 1945-2000
Rinaldi Alberto, Spadavecchia Anna
Le diseguaglianze economiche nella storia Convegno Annuale Societa Italiana degli Storici Economici, pp. 76-92 (2018)
The political economy of financing local production in Italy, 1950-1990’
Rinaldi Alberto, Spadavecchia Anna
People, Places and Business Cultures Essays in Honour of Francesca Carnevali, (2017) (2017)

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Research interests

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

Professional activities

Business History Conference, Charlotte (NC, USA)
Copenhagen Business School
Visiting researcher
University of Siena
Visiting researcher
Corporate Innovation and the Technological Advantage of British Regions in the Interwar Period
Rutgers School of Business
Visiting researcher
University of Tuebingen
Visiting researcher

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