Dr Ivano Bongiovanni
- Adam Smith Business School Fellow (Management)
Ivano joined the Adam Smith Business School in January 2018. Prior to this, 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).
Ivano is a member of the School's Strategy and Decision Making research cluster.
Areas of expertise:
- Information security management (e.g. Is cybersecurity becoming more strategic in modern companies? How does a user-friendly security system look like?)
- Design thinking and design led-innovation (e.g. How do entrepreneurs come up with brilliant ideas? How can we design the University of the Future?)
- Physical safety and security management (e.g. How can we reduce the number of safety accidents in modern airports?)
- 2018: Bongiovanni, I. – College Strategic Research Fund “Perceptions on information security management in European universities and research centres” £1000
- 2017: 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
- 2019: Bongiovanni, I., Fischbacher-Smith, D. and We Are Snook Ltd. – ESRC IAA Business Booster Fund “A framework to design user-centric information security in financial institutions” £9250
- 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” £4600
- 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 is also interested in supervising research on design thinking, design-led innovation and their impact on the business world.
Ivano regularly delivers workshops and seminars on design thinking and design-led innovation for a variety of programs, including the University of Glasgow MBA.
- Strategic management
- Risk management
- Impact of IT
- Public management and governance
- Management of international institutions and NGOs
Ivano’s research currently focuses on the strategic implications of information security in the university and research industry, on user-centric information security systems in financial institutions and on risk assessment frameworks for cybersecurity. Ivano also does extensive work on utilising design thinking perspectives and tools to produce solutions for end-users that are attractive for organisations and yield value for society (design-led innovation). Ivano is one of the organisers of the ‘Start-Up Factory’, a start-up weekend for students at the University of Glasgow and is currently a Digital Fellow with the Chair in Digital Economy at QUT (Brisbane, Australia) and regularly contributes on his topics of interest on The Conversation and Medium. He is also a reviewer with the European Journal of Information Systems and Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
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., Emergency Communication of the Future report).
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. 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”.
Recent presentations, keynotes and seminars
- November 2018: “Great minds think design” – Workshop for the University of Glasgow MBA, Glasgow
- October 2018: “Design 4 business and business 4 design” – Invited presentation for the Glasgow School of Arts, Glasgow
- October 2018: “Sustainable Futures” – Invited presentation for the Universitas 21 Early Career workshop, Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
- September 2018: “Chasing storms in the Tornado Alley: Infosec Management in Higher Education” – Invited presentation for the Russell Universities Group of IT Directors, London
- September 2018: “Insider Threat and Information Security: towards a User-Centric Approach” – Invited presentation for the University of Antwerp, Antwerp
- August 2018: “Design-led Innovation: Understanding Users to Solve Big Problems” – Workshop for the ASBS Student Enterprise Summer Program, Glasgow
- July 2018: “Wellcome Biodata Hackathon” – Hackathon for the Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton
- June 2018: “The ART of Digital: Trusted Technology?” – Panel discussion for the 2018 London Tech Week, London
- June 2018: “Safety and Security: What synergies, what tensions?” – Invited presentation for the Fondation pour une Culture de Sécurité Industrielle, Chateau de Montvillargenne
- September 2017: “Collaborate to Compete: co-innovation as an organisational capability” – Keynote speech for the QuestNet Lite Forum for ICT professionals in Higher Education, Brisbane
- May 2017: “The Future of Emergency Communication Services” – Keynote speech for the National Emergency Communication Working Group AUS/NZL, Sydney