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Associate Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Courses a.y. 2020/2021

11562 International organizations and the management of development
11738 Building the organization's capacity

Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

PhD in Management, London School of Economics & Political Sciences.

Master in Public Policy & Administration, Columbia University.

Graduate degree in Economics & Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions, Bocconi University.

Academic CV

Visiting Professor, Université de Genève. 

Field Editor, Journal of Public Policy (Cambridge Uiversity Press). Editorial Board Member,  Governance and Public Administratio Review.

Director of the Msc GIO - Economics and Management of Government and International Organizations, Bocconi University (2014-2019).

Associate professor, Bocconi University from 2013. Assistant professor, Bocconi University (2007-2013). Lecurer, Parthenope University, Naples (2005/2007).

She has been Resarch Fellow at LSE (Center for the analysis on risk and regulation), Adjunct research scientist at Columbia University (Earth Institute) and Visiting researcher at the University of California, Irvine (Center for research on information technology and organizations).

She has received research awards, scholarships and studentships including the Bocconi Award for Excellence in Research (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019), Best Published Paper - OMT Division, Academy of Management (2016), the International Geneva Award (2011 and 2015), Fulbright Scholarship (2010), Fulbright Studentship (2001/2002), the Italian National Research Council Short-term mobility grant (1999) and 'Study-abroad' grant (2003).


Research areas

  • Global governance and multi-stakeholder initiatives
  • Organization dynamics in international organizations
  • Corporate citizenship and cross-sector partnerships
  • Diffusion and management of innovation in public organizations
  • Processes of public policy change and public sector reform





Bertelli, T., V.Mele and A. Whitford. Forthcoming. "When New Public Management Fails". Infrastructure Partnerships and Political Constraints in Developing and Transitional Economies". Governance.

Mele V. and P. Belardinelli. 2018. "Mixed methods in public administration research. Selecting, sequencing and connecting". Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Mele V. and G. Cappellaro. 2018. "Dilemmas and practices of cross-level coordination in interational organizations". Public Administration.

Bellé, N., P. Belardinelli, P.Cantarelli and V. Mele 2018. "On iron cages and suboptimal choices. An experimental test of the micro-foundations of isomophism in the pubic sector". International Pubic Management Journal.

Mele, V., S. Anderfuhren-Biget and F. Varone. Forthcoming. Conflicts of interest in International Organizations. Evidence from two United Nations humanitarian organizations. Public Administration. Paper awareded with the 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. Paper awareded with the International Geneva Award 2011.

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. 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



Asquer, A. and V.Mele “Policy making and public management”. Forthcoming. 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. Chapter XIII. Challenges for Volunteer Management. Edited by Matthew Liao-Troth. Idea Publishing.

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