Dr Ivano Bongiovanni
- Adam Smith Business School Fellow (Management)
Ivano joined the Adam Smith Business School in January 2018. Prior to this appointment, Ivano worked for nearly two years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the PwC Chair in Digital Economy at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT, Australia), a team tasked with supporting public and private organisations in their transition into the Digital Age. At the PwC Chair, Ivano was also in charge of running Innovation Sprints aimed at producing innovative digital solutions to wicked organisational problems, by applying design thinking methodologies. In June 2016, Ivano obtained his PhD from QUT, with a thesis that explored organisational vulnerability to safety and security disruptions in Australian international airports. At QUT, Ivano was unit coordinator for Risk Management and lectured in Strategic Management and Impact of IT at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining QUT as a PhD student in 2012, Ivano worked for three years as an Academic with the Public Management and Policy department of Bocconi University and SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan). Ivano was also coordinator for the Executive Master in Management of Public Administrations (2009, 2010, and 2011) and the Academy of City Managers (2011) and taught, among others, Strategic Management and Governance, and Management of International Institutions and NGOs. In 2008, Ivano was an intern with the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations (Geneva), with appointment to the UN Conference on Disarmament. In 2005, he worked for the XX Olympic Winter Games Turin 2006, where he held the position of Deputy Venue Security Manager at the games' Main Media Centre, with further roles at the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony and Paralympic Games. Ivano’s career started as a Police Officer for the Italian Ministry of Interior (2002-2005).
In 2008, Ivano graduated summa cum laude with a double degree (MSc) in Economy and Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions (Bocconi University, Milan) and in International Security (Sciences Po, Paris). Ivano also holds a BSc in International Relations (Turin University). In 2005, he was an Erasmus student in Political Science at Sorbonne University (Paris IV).
Areas of expertise:
- Cybersecurity and Information Security Management (e.g. how strategic vs. operational is cybersecurity in modern organisations?)
- Physical Safety and Security Management (e.g. how can we reduce the number of safety accidents in modern airports?)
- Digital Economy and Business Model Innovation (e.g. how can we create profitable digital platforms?)
- Design Thinking and Design Led-Innovation (e.g. how can we make airport security a ‘fun’ process for travellers?)
2017 – ongoing: Garrett, A., Bongiovanni, I., Kowalkiewicz, M. and Townson, P. – Institute for Future Environments at QUT “Are design methodologies the research methodologies of the future? A case-study on Innovation Sprints” £ 29,000
Commercial research grants:
2017: Bongiovanni, I. and Perrons, R. – “Upgrade of the physical security systems of an Australian electric utility company” £ 11,500
2017 – ongoing: Bongiovanni, I., Kowalkiewicz, M., Donnet, T. and Salunke, S. – Brisbane Airport Corporation “The World’s First Proactive Airport” £ 83,000
2017: Bongiovanni, I, Kowalkiewicz, M. and Townson, P. – National Emergency Communication Working Group Australia/New Zealand “The Emergency Communication Centre of the Future” £ 4,600
2017: Kowalkiewicz, M., Bongiovanni, I., Townson, P. and McNaughton, M. – “Innovation Sprint with an Australian superannuation services provider” £ 28,000
2016-2017: Kowalkiewicz, M., Bongiovanni, I. and Townson, P. – Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation of the Queensland Government “Innovation Sprints” £ 82,000
Ivano is interested in supervising research in the field of information security, cybersecurity management and physical safety and security, with particular reference to the practical business and organisational implications that these domains have on modern companies (public, private, or both).
Ivano’s research is currently focusing on the strategic implications of cybersecurity in the university and research industry. Ivano is a Digital Fellow with the PwC Chair in Digital Economy at QUT and a member of the Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI). He regularly contributes on his topics of interest on The Conversation and Medium. He is also a reviewer with the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2017-2018).
In his various appointments, Ivano has provided management consulting services to a number of public and private organisations. His research has always originated from real-world problems of modern organisations, and resulted in a number of industry reports (e.g., http://necwg-anz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/The-Emergency-Communication-Centre-of-the-Future-report-FINAL.pdf).
Ivano was invited as a keynote speaker to a number of conferences and public events. In September 2017, he was keynote speaker at the QUESTNet Lite Forum for ICT Professionals working in Higher Education & Research (“Collaborate to Compete: Co-innovation as an organisational capability”, https://qudit.edu.au/qn17/). In May 2017, he gave a keynote speech at the 2017 Industry Engagement Forum of the National Emergency Communication Working Group Australia/New Zealand (“The Future of Emergency Communication Services”, http://necwg-anz.org/?p=347).
During his PhD, Ivano was the recipient of two scholarships from the QUT Business School (post-graduate studies and write-up). In 2015, Ivano won the QUT Business School “Three Minute Thesis Competition” and was People’s Choice at the university-wide competition (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YqMnU7BlOE). In 2011, Ivano won the Innovative Teaching Award from SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan) for his coordination of the Academy of City Managers. In the same year, he participated in the Teaching Excellence Program of the same institution. From 2004 to 2010, Ivano was a member of the Italian Association of Journalists as a freelancer. In 2002, he won a national award and published the book of poems “Strati di Spirito”.