Laboratory in Management and Innovation (MAIN)

Beneficiary n°: 3

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSUP)


The Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, founded in 1967, is an autonomous, special-statute University operating in the field of applied sciences, i.e. law, medicine, agriculture, engineering, political science, economics and management.

The Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies is a research institute characterised by a multidisciplinary approach, by an empirical orientation and by a commitment to theory building.

The aim of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies is to offer high-quality undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education, promote the development of cultural, scientific and technological research, and innovation and assure the continuous interaction between research and education in order to assure high-quality  teaching.

The Laboratory in Management and Innovation (MAIN) is a research laboratory of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies; it includes professors and researchers from the fields of economics, management, engineering and political science. The mission of the MAIN Lab is to study and suggest new approaches to innovation management in private firms, public administrations and regions. These innovations can be of a technological, managerial, cultural and institutional  nature.

MAIN Lab researchers work on several related areas, among which:

· Environmental Management

· High-tech marketing

· Innovation in insurance and finance

· Innovation in technology intensive services

· Innovation Management

· Innovation policies and real services

· North-South technological divide

· Regional systems of innovation and technological districts

· Statistical tools for service management

· Technology and R&D Management


The Environmental Management Group works in 3 areas of activities: Environmental management, Corporate social responsibility, Renewable energy sources. The MAIN laboratory has relevant experience in the implementation of EU projects and national projects focused on the following topics:


– Cluster approach

– Ecoinnovation and SMEs

– Environmental reporting

– Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

– Mandatory and voluntary regulation


– Assessment of best available techniques


The MAIN laboratory is also involved in the organization of the Master in “Environment Management and control: techniques and technologies for the waste Cycle”, and participates to projects at regional and national level on the waste management topic.


Contact name: Francesco Rizzi  URL:  (SSSUP),  (MAIN Lab)


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