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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 2018

2 Citations

Big Data, Big Decisions: The Impact of Big Data on Board Level Decision-Making

Merendino, A., Dibb, S., Meadows, M., Quinn, L., Wilson, D., Simkin, L. & Cahnoto, A. 1 Sep 2018 In : Journal of Business Research. 93, p. 67-78 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Decision making
Environmental change
Strategic decision making
Levels of analysis
research method

How Big Data Can Destroy Organisations’ Legitimacy

Ferreira, C., Merendino, A. & Meadows, M. 15 Nov 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : International Corporate Rescue. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


How far that little candle throws his beams! An interview with Mats Isaksson

Merendino, A. & Goergen, M. Oct 2018 In : Journal of Management Inquiry. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Corporate governance
Research agenda

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

Merendino, A. & Melville, R. 17 Dec 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Corporate Governance. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Empirical evidence
Firm performance
Listed companies
Board of directors
Agency theory

Activities 2014 2018

  • 9 Participation in conference
  • 4 Publication peer-review
  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Editorial activity

All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Governance Group

Merendino, A. (Speaker)

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Coventry University Brussels

Merendino, A. (Speaker)

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Strategic Management Society

Merendino, A. (Speaker)
10 Nov 201712 Nov 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

British Academy of Management Conference 2017

Merendino, A. (Speaker)

Activity: Participation in conference


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