Roberto Dandi

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Short bio
Hi! My name is Roberto Dandi, 40 years old, Italian. I am an Assistant Professor of Management at Luiss Guido Carli where I teach Management, Organizational Design, Public Administration Strategic Analysis, and International Business. Since 2007 I work also as research coordinator and educational program developer at the Public Administration, Health Care and Non Profit Unit at LUISS Business School. 

Previously I served as: Post-Doc Researcher at LUISS Guido Carli on Health Care Management (2007-2010), Adjunct Professor of Information Systems Management at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuorein Rome (2009 to 2012), post-doctoral research scientist of cybercommunity social networks at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2005-2006), and Teaching Assistant of Organizational Design and Organizational Behavior at LUISS Guido Carli and Università degli Studi de L'Aquila

In 2004 I obtained my PhD in Organizational Behavior at Università degli Studi del Molise (Campobasso, Italy). The dissertation dealt with the relationship between email use and participation in decision making in organizations. 

Currently I live in Rome with the loves of my life, my wife Katia and my daughter Maria Francesca. 

My research interests

Broadly speaking my main research interest is to help public administrations, health care and social care providers work better in the interest of their users and customers. I do that by teaching, consulting, and researching on strategic decision-making processes, organizational design methods, good uses of information and communication technologies, and development of key performance indicators

In particular, I focused my attention so far on Business Process Reengineering, Knowledge Management, Computer-Mediated Communication, Information System Management, Social Network Analysis, Text Analysis, Organizational Simulations, Cyberinfrastructure/ e-Science, Health Care Information Systems.


Main research activities

Currently, I am part of a broad European effort (the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging) aimed to adding an average of 2 Healthy Life Years (years without diasbilities) to the EU population by 2020. In order to do so, other than efforts in Life Science Research, we need now more than ever some governance and organizational innovation in order to develop the so called integrated care across sectors (social and health care) and levels (primary and secondary care). My role, as management scholar, is to study and spread best practices in governance and organizational models across regions. 

On this topic, I previously worked in a FP7 project, ANCIEN (2009-2012), on long-term care econmic sustainability in Europe, where I served as Work Package Leader of the Quality of LTC WP and partner reasercher in the WP on technologies for LTC. 

Also, I have completed a national project on primary care organizational models in pediatrics. This project was funded by the Ministry of University and Research under the PRIN 2007 framework funded and applied social network analysis as a method to study collaboration and knowledge sharing among pediatricians in Italy. 

Another project I completed, funded by the Ministry of Health in Italy, was about the performance indicators of clinical directorates in Italy. Specifically we explored the directorates about women and children health. 

I have conducted also a research on the role of mission statements and organizational values in affecting the management of US Catholic health care organizations with prof. Kenneth R. White from Virginia Commonwealth University. The research dealt with the struggle in balancing economic goals and Catholic values. 

Other than focusing on health and social care I studied the theory-practice gap in management research in a self-funded project (with prof. Alessia Sammarra, Università dell'Aquila) on the link between social network analysis-based management research and practice (see this preprint paper). 

Since April 2005 through August 2006 I was a post-doctoral research associate at NCSA in the project SONIC (Science of Networks in Communities). SONIC's general purpose was to apply Social Network Analysis and Simulation Models in order to help cybercommunities to achieve their goals.

In 2004 and 2005 I worked on a project, funded by Osservatorio FILAS, aimed to the identification of inter-organizational knowledge networks in the Aerospace, Information Technology and Telecommunications industries of the Region of Lazio, Italy.

From May 2001 through October 2003 I was involved as researcher in the EU-funded (FP5-IST) research project COMMORG on the organizational consequences of email introduction and diffusion.

In the first half of 2002 I was visiting research scholar at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). There I joined the Teclab and I was involved in the project Co-Evolution of Knowledge Networks and 21st Century Organizational Form 

I studied also supply chain networks by participating in a research project funded by MIUR (Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca) on Virtual Organizations.