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Dr Alessandro Merendino joined the Centre for Business in Society as Research Assistant in January 2015. He completed his PhD in Business Economics and Management at the University of Ferrara (Italy) and his Master’s Degree (cum laude and honours) in Business and Management at the Faculty of Economics (University of Ferrara, Italy). Dr Merendino’s PhD thesis had a special focus on accounting and corporate governance and the purpose was to measure and quantify the relationship between the board of directors and performance of listed companies. He is also Chartered Accountant and Internal Auditor. He was teaching assistant for courses in ‘Operational Accounting’ and ‘Financial Accounting’ at the University of Ferrara (Italy) and he is Professor at USAC (United States Abroad Consortium), i.e. a consortium of US universities for courses in ‘Global Economics’, ‘Comparative Economic Systems’ and ‘Economic and Political Institutions of EU’. He was trainee accountant and trainee accountant auditor during which time he analysed financial statements, accounting and financial ratios, and corporate governance compliance. He has collaborated in an Italian consulting firm where he experience different kinds of roles (e.g. consulting, financial statement analysis, etc.). He is also visiting research fellow at Cass Business School City University London (UK).


Area of Expertise:

Corporate Governance, the Board of Directors, Top Management Team, Big Data, Listed Companies, Mega Yacht Sector, Accounting and Firm Performance


Research Interests

Firm performance; Corporate finance; Corporate governance; Luxury nautical sector; Corporate social responsibility

Vision Statement

My research interests lie in the area of corporate governance, the board of directors, the mega yacht sector, CSR and corporate finance. In particular, I am interested to study how corporate governance, and the board of directors, its mechanisms and processes could affect firm performance and interactions among stakeholders. Corporate governance, including the board of directors, has become one of the central issues in the running of company, due to worldwide and rapid change in environmental conditions. I plan to expand research on corporate social responsibility in Europe. Furthermore, another of my research topics is the mega yacht sector and its ‘anti-cyclical nature’. Future research may deal with relations among luxury sectors (e.g. the jewellery one) and how board mechanisms perform on such niche markets.

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Research Output 2013 2019

Contributing to Community Enhancement through Rural Touring Arts (CONCERTA)

Dunham, P., Henry, N., Warwick, F., Webster, M., Bos, E., Challis, S., Tornari, M., Merendino, A. & Broughton, K., 30 May 2019, (Unpublished) 142 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

social geography
community development
research method

How Big Data Can Destroy Organisations’ Legitimacy

Ferreira, C., Merendino, A. & Meadows, M., Jun 2019, In : International Corporate Rescue. 16, 3, p. (In-Press) 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Agency theory
Independent directors
Corporate governance
Identity theory
5 Citations (Scopus)
127 Downloads (Pure)

The Board of Directors and Firm Performance: Empirical Evidence from Listed Companies

Merendino, A. & Melville, R., 3 Jun 2019, In : Corporate Governance. 19, 3, p. 508-551 44 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Empirical evidence
Firm performance
Listed companies
Board of directors
Agency theory

Activities 2014 2019

Emmaus UK - Coventry and Warwickshire (External organisation)

Alessandro Merendino (Member)
2019 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Governance Group

Alessandro Merendino (Speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Coventry University Brussels

Alessandro Merendino (Speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Development Studies Association SIG Business and Development Winter Workshop

David Bek (Speaker), Jill Timms (Speaker), Alessandro Merendino (Speaker), Kamilla Swart (Speaker)
12 Dec 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Technological Forecasting and Social Change (Journal)

Alessandro Merendino (Associate Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity


Awards for the master's degree (honours)

Alessandro Merendino (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Paper Award

Alessandro Merendino (Recipient), Jill Timms (Recipient) & David Bek (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

Crisis Management in Business: Finding Resilience?

Alessandro Merendino


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

The Mega Yacht Industry: What Financial Crisis?

Alessandro Merendino


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment