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FONTI Fabio

PhD, Management

Fabio Fonti is Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and Full Professor at NEOMA Business School. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and held full-time appointments at Rennes School of Business, Boston College, and the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. His research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of social networks (specifically on network evolution, network embeddedness, and network multiplexity). He is also interested in categorization processes, managerial cognition, and design. He also studies the effects of (in)congruency across multiple institutional logics and/or classifications on organizations and/or individuals. His work has been published in Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, and Advances in Strategic Management, among others. He is a member of the Academy of Management, EGOS, and INFORMS. Dr. Fonti has worked extensively with organizations and managers, both in the US and Europe.

 

Areas of research

  • Strategic and organizational implications of social networks (intra-and inter-organizational), with a focus on embeddedness, multiplexity, and evolution
  • Categorization and classification processes
  • Managerial Cognition
  • Social network Analysis
  • Institutional Complexity, Institutional Logics, and Stakeholders’ Management

Recent academic contributions

  • BRANDS, R., G. ERTUG, F. FONTI, S. TASSELLI, "Theorizing Gender in Social Network Research: What We Do and What We Can Do Differently", Academy of Management Annals, February 2022
    DOI : 10.5465/annals.2020.0370
  • FONTI, F., G.ERTUG, S.COOPER, "Sports as contexts for inclusion and exclusion: Antecedents, mechanisms, and lessons learned" in Sub-theme track, 37th EGOS Colloquium, 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • FONTI, F., M. BATIKAS, "The whole world is watching: The dual role of audiences for individual performance. Advancing management theory with sports data." in Paper and Idea Development Workshop, 2020, Online/Stockholm, Sweden

Academic Journals

  • BRANDS, R., G. ERTUG, F. FONTI, S. TASSELLI, "Theorizing Gender in Social Network Research: What We Do and What We Can Do Differently", Academy of Management Annals, February 2022
    DOI : 10.5465/annals.2020.0370
  • FONTI, F., M.MAORET, R.WHITBRED, "Free-riding in multi-party alliances: The role of perceived alliance effectiveness and peers' collaboration in a research consortium", Strategic Management Journal, February 2017, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 363-383
    DOI : 10.1002/smj.2470
  • FONTI, F., M.MAORET, "The direct and indirect effects of core and peripheral social capital on organizational performance", Strategic Management Journal, August 2016, vol. 37, no. 8, pp. 1765-1786
    DOI : 10.1002/smj.2409
  • FONTI, F., M.MAORET, R.WHITBRED, "Cognitive categorization and network perception: Cognitive Aggregated Social Structures in opaque networks in G. Gavetti & W. Ocasio (Eds.)", Advances in Strategic Management, August 2015, vol. 32, pp. 147–179
  • FONTI, F., M. MAORET, R. WHITBRED, "Cognitive Categorization and Network Perception: Cognitive Aggregated Social Structures in Opaque Networks", Advances in Strategic Management, 2015, vol. 32, pp. 147-179
    DOI : 10.1108/S0742-332220150000032005
  • FERRIANI, S., F.FONTI, R.CORRADO, "The social and economic bases of network multiplexity: Exploring the emergence of multiplex ties", Strategic Organization, February 2013, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 7-34
    DOI : 10.1177/1476127012461576
  • CONTRACTOR, N. S., R. C.WHITBRED, F.FONTI, C.STEGLICH, "Understanding the Ties that Bind: A Longitudinal Investigation of the Evolution of a Communication Network", Western Journal of Communication, July 2012, vol. 76, no. 4, pp. 333-357
    DOI : 10.1080/10570314.2012.674172
  • FONTI, F., R.WHITBRED, "Where do weak ties come from? An empirical investigation of the antecedents of weak network ties", Sinergie Italian Journal of Management, April 2012, pp. 93-111
  • LOMI, A., F.FONTI, "Networks in markets and the propensity of companies to collaborate: An empirical test of three mechanisms", Applied Economics Letters, February 2012, vol. 114, no. 2, pp. 216-220
    DOI : 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.10.004
  • WHITBRED, R., F.FONTI, C.STEGLICH, N.CONTRACTOR, "From Microactions to Macrostructure and Back: A Structurational Approach to the Evolution of Organizational Networks", Human Communication Research, July 2011, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 404-433
    DOI : 10.1111/j.1468-2958.2011.01404.x

Book chapter

  • FONTI, F., G.STEVANCEVIC, "Innovativeness in Teaching European Studies: An Empirical Investigation" in Teaching and Learning the European Union., Stefania Baroncelli, Roberto Farneti, Ioan Horga, Sophie Vanhoonacker Eds, Springer Netherlands, pp. 111-131, 2014
    DOI : 10.1007/978-94-007-7043-0_8
  • BARONCELLI, S., F.FONTI, G.STEVANCEVIC, "Mapping Innovative Teaching Methods and Tools in European Studies: Results from a Comprehensive Study" in Teaching and Learning the European Union., Stefania Baroncelli, Roberto Farneti, Ioan Horga, Sophie Vanhoonacker Eds, Springer Netherlands, pp. 89-109, 2014
    DOI : 10.1007/978-94-007-7043-0_7
  • FONTI, F., A.LOMI, G.NEGRO, "Evolutionary perspectives on interorganizational relations" in Oxford Handbook of Inter- Organizational Relations., S. Cropper, M. Ebers, C. Huxham and P.S. Ring Eds, Oxford University Press, pp. 313-338, 2008

Academic conferences

  • FONTI, F., G.ERTUG, S.COOPER, "Sports as contexts for inclusion and exclusion: Antecedents, mechanisms, and lessons learned" in Sub-theme track, 37th EGOS Colloquium, 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • WEI, T., F.FONTI, "The effect of Cognitive Flexibility on Multi-Level Competitive Categorization", Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2020, no. 1, pp. 18850, 2020
    DOI : 10.5465/AMBPP.2020.18850abstract
  • FONTI, F., T. WEI, "What’s good for the goose might not be good for the gander: How community and global networks embeddedness affect performance" in Advancing management theory with sports data, Paper and Idea Development Workshop, 2020, Online/Stockholm, Sweden
  • FONTI, F., M. BATIKAS, "The whole world is watching: The dual role of audiences for individual performance. Advancing management theory with sports data." in Paper and Idea Development Workshop, 2020, Online/Stockholm, Sweden
  • FONTI, F., N.MASHABA, "Attending Conflicting Logics when “Doing Good”: The Role of External Fit for CSR Activities Outcomes", Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2019, no. 1, pp. 19607, 2019
    DOI : 10.5465/AMBPP.2019.19607abstract
  • PIEPENBRINK, A., F.FONTI, "Routines dynamics in multi-party alliances: A mixed-method exploration of how routines deal with heterogenous organizational goals" in 35th European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, 2019, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • FONTI, F., L.MITROJORGJI, J.LIESER, "The Role of Design Practices and Tools for Technological and Managerial Innovation in Startup Firms" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2018, no. 1, pp. 1-5, 2018, Chicago, IL, United States
  • MAORET, M., F.FONTI, "The company behind – and on – the chart: How informal ties moderate the relationship between formal ties and knowledge flows", 34th European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, 2018, Tallinn, Estonia
  • FONTI, F., S.THERESIANTO, "Unmoored, yet unfazed: Coworking spaces as a key to understand how workers cope with unassigned workspaces", 34th European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, 2018, Tallinn, Estonia
  • MASHABA, N., F.FONTI, "Attending multiple logics when “doing good”: The influence of internal and external fit on CSR activities outcomes", 33rd European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • MITROJORGJI, L., F.FONTI, Y.VAILLANT, "Design for Innovation: The Effect of Design Methods and Processes on Idea Generation and Selection", Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2016, no. 1, pp. 1-5, 2017
    DOI : 10.5465/ambpp.2016.15590abstract
  • FONTI, F., J.LIESER, L.MITROJORGJI, "Design for innovation: The role of design for technological and organizational innovation in entrepreneurial firms", 33rd European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • MAORET, M., F.FONTI, R.MO, "Against the grain: Peers’ affective and cognitive responses to employees’ network-up", 33rd European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • MAORET, M., F.FONTI, R.MO, "Against the grain: Peers’ affective and behavioral responses to employees’ network-up", Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2017, Atlanta, GA, United States
  • FONTI, F., D.RAVASI, I.STIGLIANI, "Design in organizations: Building a research agenda." in Sub-theme track, 33rd EGOS Colloquium, 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • FONTI, F., M.MAORET, "Using sports data to advance management theory – The direct and indirect effects of core and peripheral social capital on organizational performance", Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2017, Atlanta, GA, United States
  • MITROJORGJI, L., F.FONTI, Y.VAILLANT, "Design for innovation: The influence of design methods and processes on idea generation and selection", Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2016, Anaheim, CA, United States
  • FONTI, F., I.STIGLIANI, "Design in management: Themes, challenges, and opportunities" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting Caucus, 2016, Anaheim, CA, United States
  • MIROWSKA, A., F.FONTI, "Crossing Audiences: The Influence of Consumer Reviews on Organizational Prestige and Attraction", Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2015, no. 1, pp. 16267, 2015, Vancouver, Canada-British Columbia, Canada
    DOI : 10.5465/ambpp.2015.16267abstract
  • MITROJORGJI, L., F.FONTI, Y.VAILLANT, "Design for innovation: The influence of design methods and processes on idea generation and selection" in 35th Strategic Management Society (SMS) Conference, 2015, Denver, United States
  • FONTI, F., R.WHITBRED, "When Networks Cut Both Ways: The Dual Impact of Networks on Organizational Commitment", Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2014, no. 1, pp. 16670, 2014
    DOI : 10.5465/ambpp.2014.16670abstract
  • FONTI, F., M.MAORET, R.WHITBRED, "The relationship between network perception and free-riding in inter-organizational networks" in 34th Strategic Management Society (SMS) Conference, 2014, Spain
  • FONTI, F., R.WHITBRED, M.MAORET, "Who is the first ? The role of network percpetion in organizational free-riding behavior", Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2011, no. 1, pp. 1-6, 2011
    DOI : 10.5465/ambpp.2011.65870493
  • FONTI, F., R. WHITBRED, M. MAORET, "Who is on first? The role of network perception in free-riding behavior" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2011, San Antonio, United States
  • BERTAGNOLLI, D., F.FONTI, A.NARDUZZO, "La struttutra delle relazioni nei progetti di fostware libero: un'analisi comparata" in IV Conferenza Italiana sul Software Libero, 2010
  • FONTI, F., "Networks and space: Reconsidering the effects of locales on firm’s performance" in 26th European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, 2010, Lisbon, Portugal
  • FONTI, F., M. MAORET, "The influence of CEOs’ and organizational prior experience on post-acquisition performance." in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2010, Montreal, Canada
  • FERRIANI, S., F. FONTI, R. CORRADO, "Social ties, economic ties, and third party referrals: Explaining the evolution of multiplex networks in geographic clusters" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2010, Montreal, Canada
  • FONTI, F., A. NARDUZZO, "Sustaining communities of practice: The relevance of network roles in supporting knowledge creation and exchange" in 25th European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, 2009, Barcelona, Spain
  • FONTI, F., M. MAORET, F. MONTANARI, "Re-thinking the “war for talent”: Team stability and relational legacy as determinants of team performance" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2009, Chicago, United States
  • FONTI, F., R.WHITBRED, C.STEGLICH, "To broker or to reach closure? A longitudinal investigation of the dynamics of social capital" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2008, Anaheim, CA, United States
  • FONTI, F., A. NARDUZZO, "Sustaining communities of practice: The relevance of network roles in supporting knowledge creation and exchange" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2008, Anaheim, United States
  • LOMI, A., F.FONTI, "Markets from networks and the propensity of companies to collaborate: An empirical test of two mechanisms" in 5th Conference on Applications of Social Network Analysis, 2008, Zurich, Sweden
  • WHITBRED, R., F.FONTI, N.CONTRACTOR, C.STEGLICH, "From micro-actions to macrostructure: A structurational approach to the evolution of organizational networks" in National Communication Association Annual Convention, 2008, San Diego, CA
  • FONTI, F., A.LOMI, "Cross-classifications: An empirical study of multiplex identities in organizational communities" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2008, Anaheim, CA, United States
  • FONTI, F., R. WHITBRED, N. CONTRACTOR, C. STEGLICH, "From micro-actions to macro-structure: A structurational approach to the evolution of organizational networks.This paper received NCA’s Top Paper Award for Organizational Communication" in National Communication Association Annual Convention, 2008, San Diego
  • FONTI, F., A. NARDUZZO, "Sustaining communities of practice: The relevance of network roles in supporting knowledge creation and exchange" in 1st Workshop “The practice of communities: Research and applications on work practices and communities.”, 2007, Bolzano, Italy
  • FONTI, F., A. NARDUZZO, A. PRENCIPE, "The structure of communities of practice: Antecedents and consequences across organizational contexts" in 1st Workshop “The practice of communities: Research and applications on work practices and communities, 2007, Bolzano, Italy
  • WHITBRED, R., F.FONTI, C.STEGLICH, "A longitudinal investigation of the evolution of a communication network" in 57th International Communication Association Annual Conference, 2007, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • FONTI, F., "Networks and space: Reconsidering the effects of locales on firm’s performance" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2006, Atlanta, United States
  • FONTI, F., "Localized, generalized or both? Interorganizational trust and the robustness of network effects." in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2006, Atlanta, United States
  • FONTI, F., F.MONTANARI, M.MAORET, "Exploring the micro-foundations of organizational routines: The role of network stability and relational intensity" in 22nd European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, 2006, Bergen, Norway
  • FONTI, F., M.MAORET, E.MOLLONA, "The role of multiplexity and space in the evolution and sustainability of networks: An agent-based modeling approach" in Rethinking Economies: Clusters, Network Organization & the Informal Economy., 2006, Bologna, Italy
  • FERRIANI, S., R.CORRADO, F.FONTI, "Geographical clustering and network evolution: A study on the determinants of interfirm networking" in Rethinking Economies: Clusters, Network Organization & the Informal Economy., 2006, Bologna, Italy
  • FONTI, F., "Why the ‘war for talent’ is not the only answer: Team stability and relational intensity as determinants of team performance" in Universita' della Svizzera Italiana, 2006, Sweden
  • FONTI, F., A.NARDUZZO, "Sustaining communities of practice: The role of communication in supporting knowledge creation and exchange" in 21st European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, 2005, Berlin, Germany
  • CONTRACTOR, N., F.FONTI, C.STEGLICH, C.SU, R.WHITBRED, "Understanding the ties that bind: A longitudinal investigation of the evolution of a communication network" in 55th International Communication Association Conference, 2005, New York, United States
  • CONTRACTOR, N., F.FONTI, C.STEGLICH, C.SU, R.WHITBRED, "Understanding the ties that bind: A longitudinal investigation of communication network evolution" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2005, Honolulu, United States
  • MONTANARI, F., F.FONTI, "Between change and stability: The team-based foundation of firms’ competitive advantage" in 24th Strategic Management Society (SMS) Conference, 2004, San Juan,Puerto Rico, United States
  • FONTI, F., A. NARDUZZO, "Beyond the oxymoron: How ‘cultivating communities of practice’ may actually start to make sense This presentation received the VIP (Very Interesting Presentation) Award." in 10th Annual Organization Science Winter Conference. Steamboat Springs, CO, 2004, United States
  • FONTI, F., "One relationship is not enough: Toward a theory of multiplex embeddedness" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2003, Seattle, WA, United States
  • FONTI, F., F.CASTELLUCCI, "Creation and diffusion of knowledge via personnel migration: The case of the America’s Cup" in 19th European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, 2003, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • CONTRACTOR, N., R. WHITBRED, F. FONTI, A. HYATT, B. O’KEEFE, P. JONES, "2000. Structuration theory and self-organizing networks" in Sixth Annual Organization Science Winter Conference, 2000, Keystone
  • FONTI, F., R. WHITBRED, N. CONTRACTOR, "Focusing on the forest when you can’t see all the trees: The importance of Cognitive Aggregated Structures (CAS) in new organizational forms" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2000, Toronto, Canada
  • HOUSTON, D., R.RICE, R.WHITBRED, F.FONTI, "The influence of individual and structural aspects of self-producing systems and job satisfaction at the Western Transit Authority" in Sunbelt XX, International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, 2000, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • FONTI, F., R.WHITBRED, N.CONTRACTOR, "Adding perception to the landscape: Introducing cognitive social capital" in Sunbelt XX, International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, 2000, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • CONTRACTOR, N., R.WHITBRED, F.FONTI, A.HYATT, B.O’KEEFE, P.JONES, "Structuration theory and self-organizing networks" in Sixth Annual Organization Science Winter Conference, 2000, Keystone, CO, United States
  • FONTI, F., N. CONTRACTOR, R. WHITBRED, A. HYATT, B. O’KEEFE, P. JONES, "Self-organizing communication networks in organizations: Validation of a computational modeling using exogenous and endogenous theoretical mechanisms.This paper received ICA’s Top Paper Award for Organizational Communication." in 48th International Communication Association Annual Conference, 1998, Jerusalem, Israel
  • FONTI, F., N.CONTRACTOR, R.WHITBRED, "Focusing on the forest when you can't see all the trees II: Antecedents and outcomes of Cognitive Aggregated Structures (CAS) in a virtual organization." in ICA/NCA Joint International Conference: “Communication: Organizing for the Future.”, 1998, Rome, Italy
  • FONTI, F., R.WHITBRED, N.CONTRACTOR, "Focusing on the forest when you can't see all the trees: The influence of Cognitive Aggregated Structures (CAS) in a virtual organization" in Sunbelt XVIII, International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, 1998, Sitges, Spain
  • CONTRACTOR, N., R.WHITBRED, F.FONTI, A.HYATT, B.O’KEEFE, P.JONES, "Selforganizing communication networks in organizations: Validation of a computational modeling using exogenous and endogenous theoretical mechanisms" in 48th International Communication Association Annual Conference, 1998, Jerusalem, Israel
  • FONTI, F., "Social structure and economic action: A network approach" in EMOT (European Management and Organizations in Transition) Summer School on “Relational Perspective in Organizational Research.”, 1997, Bologna, Italy
  • FONTI, F., "Social structure and economic action: The effects of network evolution on organizational performance" in Sunbelt XVII, International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, 1997, San Diego, CA, United States
  • WHITBRED, R., F.FONTI, "Building social capital in ‘bureaucratic’, ‘platform’, and ‘virtual’ organizations", 1997, West Lafayette, IN, United States
  • CONTRACTOR, N., R.WHITBRED, F.FONTI, "Self-organizing communication networks in organizations: Validation of a computational modeling using exogenous and endogenous theoretical mechanisms" in Alta Conference on Self-Organizing Systems, 1997, Alta, UT, United States

Dissemination activity

  • FONTI, F., J.LIEDTKA, I.STIGLIANI, T.TSCHANG, "Using design to build (more) meaningful organizations: Toward a research agenda" in Academy of Management Annual Meeting Professional Development Workshop (PDW), 2016, Anaheim, CA, United States