Dr Luca Berchicci

Luca Berchicci

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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One of the fundamental issues for the field of strategy is to understand how managers develop and make use of firm’s capabilities to achieve greater performance. My work attempts to contribute to this field of research by investigating on one hand how managers exploit and transfer firm’s capabilities and on the other hand how managers explore firm’s capabilities by identifying new market opportunities.

My research also considers how firms acquire capabilities that allow them to improve their performance relative to new criteria. With growing demands on firms to improve their social and environmental performance, this research is of increasing importance. My work clarifies the role that both intentional search and unintentional discovery play in the acquisition or development of these capabilities.

There are three main themes in my research which explore a) the choice of where to source capabilities, b) mechanisms for the internal development of capabilities, and c) the consequences of capabilities on performance and firm strategy. My research uses innovative data from several sources and at multiple levels.

My latest research has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Research Policy, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal Product innovation Management and Academy of Management Annals.

Professional experience

Associate Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship


Professional Publications (4)

Scholarly Publications (20)


  • S. Ahmadi, L. Berchicci & J.J.P. Jansen (2015). A Motivational Perspective of Exploration: The Effects of Regulatory Focus and Managerial Decision-making Complexity on Exploration. Academy of Management Conference: Vacouver- Canada- August 2015.


Editorial positions (3)

  • Research Policy

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Strategic Management Journal

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • IISE Transactions

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

Organization Memberships (2)

  • Academy of Management (AoM)


  • Academy of Management (AoM)


Side positions (2)

  • SIFE Erasmus

    Faculty advisor

  • HOPE

    Business coach


Media item

  • MSc Programs in Entrepreneurship: A Path to Startup Success?

    An article discussing MSc programs in entrepreneurship. Luca Berchicci, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing at the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at RSM, argues that a…

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Entrepreneurial lab

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMME078
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

Opportunity Creation

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020
  • Code: BMSE01
  • ECTS: 5 Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

Past courses

Content Analysis

  • Study year: 2019/2020
  • Code: BERMAMC020
  • Level: Master

Strategic Entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2017/2018, 2014/2015
  • Code: BERMASC027
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Master

Start Up & Growth

  • Study year: 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BM02SE
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Start Up & Growth

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: RSM09ES
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Entrepreneurial growth

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: RSM05ES
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Learning from silicon valley

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: RSMME084
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Researching entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: RSMRMES
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master