Multi-disciplinary Social Scientist
Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Business at the University of Bologna
Senior Consultant and Advisor at the Great Place To Work Institute
Dr. Filippo Dal Fiore is a multi-disciplinary and internationally-minded social scientist. He complemented his initial MA in Communication Sciences (University of Padua) with a a PhD in Economics (Free University of Amsterdam, jointly with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
After working many years on the topics of technological innovation – as a researcher at MIT and a hi-tech entrepreneur – Filippo realized the need for a deeper exploration of issues of sustainability in business and mindfulness in leadership. Today these two themes are the subject of his educational activities at the University of Bologna and business consulting through the Great Place To Work Institute.
Filippo now lives with his wife and their two beloved children in the quaint and bustling university town of Padova, just half an hour away from Venice. More on: www.filippodalfiore.com
Which organisation(s) are you linked to and in what capacity?
University of Bologna, Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Business; Great Place To Work Institute (Italy), Senior Consultant and Advisor
What you would like to achieve by participating in this initiative and comment briefly on what skills/specific experience/resources/knowledge or other value you envisage bringing to the GRLI…
I’d like to share my ideas and educational initiatives on the need for a radically new leadership in our rapidly changing world. I’d like to connect with other academics and professionals who can help me accomplish my dreams and can be hopefully be enriched by the breath of my vision and expertise. I’d love to contribute to the GRLI network and to the projects of its associates in whatever capacity
What emerging and significant industry development(s) keep you awake at night?
I try to cultivate a look of the world as comprehensive and multi-disciplinary as possible. My vocation is for a “meta” approach to research, trying to fully understand the fundamental assumptions that inform disciplines and fields of practice. In this respect, my unique intellectual and human journey is bringing me to explore the possibility for a paradigm change in the social sciences as a whole. My focus on sustainability – in business and in economics – is to some extent serving as an anchor for this purpose.
What are the burning issues and opportunities in your work or role that you would be interested in addressing within the context of the GRLI?
My most immediate focus would be on the future of university and business school education. Here is an excerpt from a position paper for a roundtable discussion that I recently promoted:
“The 21st century is bringing humanity a multitude of unexpected complex challenges, but the current system of higher education seems to maintain its character from the modern industrial age. Compartmentalization, both among strictly confined disciplines and among narrowly defined educational scopes, still appears to be the dominant framework. Classrooms and workstations, namely neutral locations that are segregated from the outside world, still represent the predominant setting for knowledge acquisition and discussion.
On the other end a rapidly increasing number of students and educators alike find themselves unable to fit with the requirements of conventional career (and life) paths, while realizing that today’s world is desperate for a new breed of attitudes, solutions and innovations that the current system can not provide. At the same time, the depth and variety of human potential for learning remains vastly unexplained and unexplored.
For these reasons, there seems to be an unmet societal need for the creation of entirely new educational programmes and institutions, that is ones authentically centered on human beings and the natural environment. Far from being purely idealistic or opposition endeavors, they could serve as pragmatic and evolutionary alternatives to those existing organizations and modus operandi that are understandably tailored on the needs of the current scientific and business establishments.”