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Professore Associato
Dipartimento di Scienze sociali e politiche

Insegnamenti a.a. 2021/2022

11738 Building the organization's capacity

Insegnamenti a.a. precedenti

Note biografiche

PhD in Management, London School of Economics & Political Sciences. Master in Public Policy & Administration. Columbia University. Laurea in Economia e Gestione delle Amministrazioni Pubbliche & Istituzioni Internazionali, Università Bocconi.

Curriculum Accademico

Professore Associato Università Bocconi dal 2013, Assistant professor, Università Bocconi (2007-2013). Ricercatrice Università Parthenope di Napoli (2005/2007).

Visiting lecturer dal 2013, Università di Ginevra (Corporate citizenship & cross-sector partnerships) e Associate visiitng professor (non resident), Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University  nel 2019 e 2020 . 

E' Senior Editor del Journal of Public Policy (Cambridge University Press) e Membro dell'Editorial Board di Governance e di Public Administration Review.

Direttrice Corso di laurea specialistica CLAPI/GIO - Msc in Economics and Management of Government and International Organizations (2014-2019).

E' stata Resarch Fellow at LSE (Center for Analysis of risk and regulation), Adjunct research scientist, Columbia University (Earth Institute) and Visiting researcher, University of California, Irvine (Center for research on information technology and organizations).

Ha conseguito varie borse di studio/ricerca e premi per la ricerca, inclusi il Premio per l'eccellenza nella ricerca Bocconi (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019), Best Published Paper - OMT Division, Academy of Management (2016), International Geneva Award (2011 e 2015), Fulbright Scholarship (2010), Fulbright Studentship (2001/2002), Borse CNR  (1999 e 2003)

Aree di interesse scientifico

  • Organizzazioni internazionali e international governance.
  • Relazioni imprese-pubbliche amministrazioni, sostenibilità e autoregolamentazione di impresa.
  • Processi di riforma e cambiamento nella amministrazioni pubbliche.
  • Processi di introduzione e diffusione di innovazione nelle organizzazioni pubbliche.




Bertelli, T., V. Mele and A. Whitford. 2020. “When New Public Management Fails: Infrastructure Partnerships and Political Constraints in Developing and Transitional Economies”. Governance, 33(3), 477-493. 

Bertelli, T., V. Mele and E. Woodhouse. 2020. “Corruption, democracy and privately financed infrastructure”. Administration and Society

Osborne, S, V. Mele, T. Brandsen, J. Nemec, M. van Genugten and S. Flemig. 2020 “Risking Innovation. Understanding risk and public service innovation - evidence from a four nation study”. Public Money & Management 40(1): 52-62.

Mele, V., M. Esteve, S. Lee, G. Bel, G. Cappellaro, N. Petrovsky, and S. Ospina. 2020. Enhancing Methodological Reporting in Public Administration: The Functional Equivalents Framework. The American Review of Public Administration, 50(8), 811-824.

Mele V. and P. Belardinelli. 2019. Mixed methods in public administration research: Selecting, sequencing, and connecting. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 29(2): 334-347.

Mele, V. and G. Cappellaro. 2018. "Cross‐level coordination among international organizations: Dilemmas and practices." Public Administration 96:4(736-752).

Bellé, N., P. Belardinelli, P. Cantarelli and V.Mele. 2018. “On iron cages and suboptimal choices: An experimental test of the micro-foundations of isomorphism in the public sector”. International Public Management Journal.1-42.

Mele, V., S. Anderfuhren-Biget and F.Varone. 2016. “Exploring conflict of interest in International Organizations”. Public Administration, 94(2): 490-508. L'articolo ha ricevuto l'International Geneva Award 2015.

Compagni, A., V. Mele and D. Ravasi. 2015. How early implementations influence later adoptions of innovation: social positioning and skill reproduction in the diffusion of robotic surgery”. Academy of Management Journal. 68(1): 242-278. Best published paper, OMT Divison, AOM.

Mele, V., A. Compagni and M. Cavazza. 2014. Governing through Evidence. A Study of Technological Innovation in Healthcare. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 4(4): 843-877.

Mele, V. and E. Ongaro. 2014. Public Management Reform in a Context of Political Instability: Italy 1992-2007. International Public Management Journal. 17(1):1-31

Mele V. and D. Schepers. 2013. E pluribus unum? Legitimacy issues and multi-stakeholder codes of conduct. Journal of Business Ethics.

Baccaro, L. and Mele, V. 2012. Pathologies of Path-Dependency? The ILO and the challenges of 'New Governance'. Industrial and Labor Relations Review. L'articolo ha ricevuto l'International Geneva Award 2015.

Baccaro, L. and Mele, V. 2011. For Lack of Anything Better. International Organizations and Global Corporate Codes. Public Administration 89(2).

Mele, V. and Compagni, A. 2010. Explaining the unexpected success of the smoking ban in Italy: political strategy and transition to practice. Public Administration 88(3).

Mele, V. 2010. Government Innovation Policy in Italy (1993-2002). Understanding the Invention and Persistance of a Public Management Reform. Governance 23(2).

Mele, V. 2008. Explaining Programmes for Change. The Policy Cycle of Electronic Government in Italy (1993-2002). Public Management Review Vol. 1



Belardinelli, P. and V. Mele. 2020. "Mixed methods in public administration: advantages and challenges." In Vigoda-Gadot, E. and D. Vashdi (Eds) Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Management and Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing (pp.28-41).

Asquer, A. and V.Mele “Policy making and public management”. 2018. In S. van Thiel and E. Ongaro (Eds.) Public administration and public management in Europe. Palgrave MacMillan.

Mele, V. 2014. Analyzing policies for government innovation in practice: electronic government policy in Italy,1993–2003”. In S. Osborne and L. Brown (Eds.) Innovation in Public Service. Routledge.  

Mele, V. 2008. Streamlining Volunteer Management through ICTs: the case of Sidelines. In M. Liao-Troth (Ed.). Challenges for Volunteer Management. Idea Publishing. Chapter XIII.

Mele, V. 2005. Paradigm and practice. The Innovative Organization to deal with E-Gov. E-Government: A Global Perspective. Edited by Edi Koshro Pour. OECD and Information Age Publishing. Chapter 13.