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Dr Alessandro Merendino joined the Centre for Business in Society in 2015 after completing his PhD in corporate governance 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). Prior to joining Coventry University, he worked as an accounting consultant and teaching professor at USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium), i.e. a consortium of US universities

His research interests lie in the area of corporate governance, the board of directors, top executive teams, conflicts, crisis, strategic decisions and big data in a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, mega-events, accountancy, e-businesses and mega yachts. He works with colleagues, companies, directors and institutions across the world, including Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the US. He applies both qualitative and quantitative methods to study the boardroom and its dynamics. 

Alessandro’s teaching expertise includes the topics of corporate governance, managerial finance, accounting and research methods, at undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA and DBA level, both in the UK and overseas.

Alessandro is also a qualified chartered accountant in Italy and the UK.

Area of Expertise:

  • Corporate Governance
  • The Board of Directors
  • Top Management Team
  • Big Data
  • Listed companies and large companies
  • Mega Yacht Sector
  • Accounting
  • Decision-making process
  • Firm Performance

Research Interests

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 in studying 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 a company, due to worldwide and rapid change in environmental conditions. 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

How smart technologies can support sustainable business models: Insights from an air navigation service provider

Merendino, A., Fiorentino, R., Grimaldi, F. & Lamboglia, R., 18 May 2020, In : Management Decision. (In-press), p. (In-press) 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    5 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • Open Access
  • 3 Downloads (Pure)

    How Big Data Can Destroy Organisations’ Legitimacy

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 34 Downloads (Pure)
  • 16 Downloads (Pure)


    Emmaus UK - Coventry and Warwickshire (External organisation)

    Alessandro Merendino (Member)
    2019 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    Coventry University Brussels

    Alessandro Merendino (Speaker)

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

    Technological Forecasting and Social Change (Journal)

    Alessandro Merendino (Associate Editor)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Governance Group

    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


    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