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Anna Spadavecchia


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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.

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution book
  • 1 Discussion paper

Fundamental patents, national intellectual property regimes, and the development of new industries in Britain and America during the second industrial revolution

Scott, P. & Spadavecchia, A., 27 May 2019, In : Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook. 60, 1, p. 181-208 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intellectual property
Industrial revolution
Banking industry
Universal banks


European Business History Association (EBHA) Dissertation Prize

Anna Spadavecchia (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Herman E. Krooss Prize for Best Dissertation in Business History

Anna Spadavecchia (Recipient), 21 May 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2003 2017

  • 4 Visiting an external academic institution

Copenhagen Business School

Anna Spadavecchia (Visiting researcher)
Mar 2017Apr 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

University of Siena

Anna Spadavecchia (Visiting researcher)
Jan 2017Feb 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution