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Associate Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Courses a.y. 2021/2022

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

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

Visiting lecturer from 2013, Université de Genève (Corporate citizenship and cross-sector partnerships) and Associate visiitng professor (non resident), Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, in 2019 and 2020. 

Senior Editor, Journal of Public Policy (Cambridge University Press). Editorial Board Member: Governance and Public Administration Review.

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

She has been Resarch Fellow at LSE (Center for Analysis of 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 and scholarships including the Bocconi Research Award (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), and the Italian National Research Council  grants (1999 and 2003).


Research areas

  • Global governance and cross-sector partnerships
  • Organization dynamics in international organizations
  • Corporate sustainability and corporate self-regulation
  • Processes of policy change and public sector reform
  • Diffusion and management of innovation in public organizations





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. The article has received the International Geneva Award.

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. The article has been awarded the Best published paper, OMT Divison, AOM 2016.

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. The article has received the International Geneva Award.

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. 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.