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Dr. Giulio Buciuni
Assistant Professor, Trinity Business School


Dr. Giulio Buciuni is an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship at Trinity College Dublin and the director of the M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship, which he launched in September 2017. Dr. Buciuni is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center on Global Value Chains at Duke University since 2011. Prior to joining Trinity Business School, he worked as a research fellow at the University of Toronto and at Cà Foscari University of Venice.

Giulio's research interest focuses on entrepreneurial ecosystems, SMEs' internationalization strategies and innovation in Global Value Chains (GVC). In particular, his most recent research analyses the evolution of industrial clusters and entrepreneurial ecosystems in the global economic scenario. The results of his works have been published in leading academic journals such as Industrial and Corporate Change, Regional Studies and Journal of Economic Geography.

In addition to working in the academic sector, Dr. Buciuni is the co-founder of a born-global firm operating in the furniture sector and is involved in several consulting and mentoring activities supporting the establishment and growth of new businesses.

Dr. Buciuni is the co-founder of a marketing and consulting firm based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Paul Ryan, Giulio Buciuni, Majella Giblin, Ulf Andersson, Global Value Chain Governance in the MNE: A Dynamic Hierarchy Perspective , California Management Review , 2022 Journal Article, 2022

Ryan, P., Buciuni, G., Giblin M., Kogler, D., ., The Role of MNEs in the Genesis and Growth of a Resilient Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 33, (1), 2021, p36 - 53 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Sunghwan Cho, Paul Ryan, Giulio Buciuni , Evolutionary entrepreneurial ecosystems: a research pathway, Small Business Economics, 2021 Journal Article, 2021

Buciuni Giulio, Pisano Gary, Variety of Innovation in Global Value Chains, Journal of World Business, 56, 2021, p101167- Journal Article, 2021

Ryan, P., Buciuni, G., Giblin M., and Andersson, U.., ., Subsidiary Upgrading and Global Value Chain Governance in the Multinational Enterprise, Global Strategy Journal, 10, (3), 2020, p496 - 519 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Buciuni G.; Pisano, G., Knowledge integrators and the survival of manufacturing clusters, Journal of Economic Geography, 18, (5), 2018, p1069 - 1089 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Ryan, P., Buciuni, G., Giblin, M., Andersson, U., Intra-MNE Global Value Chain orchestration for Innovation, iBEGIN Annual Conference, University of Venice, December 18-19, 2017, pp20 - 40 Conference Paper, 2017

Buciuni, G., Finotto, V., Innovation in Global Value Chains: Co-location of Production and Development in Italian Low-Tech Industries, Regional Studies, 50, (12), 2016, p2010-2023 Journal Article, 2016

"Keeping up in an era of global specialization. Semi-public goods and the competitiveness of integrated manufacturing districts", in, editor(s)D. Audretsch, A. Link, and M. Walshok , The Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015, [Buciuni; Breznitz] Book Chapter, 2015

Giulio Buciuni; Giancarlo Coro'; Stefano Micelli, "Rethinking Manufacturing in Global Value Chains. An International Comparative Study in the Furniture Industry",, Industrial and Corporate Change, 2014 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Buciuni, G., Mola, L., How do entrepreneurial firms establish cross-border relationships? A global value chain perspective, Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 12, (1), 2014, p67-84 Journal Article, 2014

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Buciuni G., The elgar companion to innovation and knowledge creation, Journal of Economic Geography, 19, (5), 2019, p1171 - 1172 Journal Article, 2019

Research Expertise


My research focuses on the evolution of entrepreneurial ecosystems and the dynamics underlying innovation development in global value chains (GVCs). Overall, I am interested in analysing how small and medium-sized enterprises develop innovation in the global economy, and what is their impact on local economic development. To date, I have published 9 articles in ABS 3 and ABS 4 journals, with 7 of them published after I joined TCD 5 years ago. As for my ongoing research, I have lately dedicated specific attention to a relatively new topic in Business Studies, notably Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (EEs). After having published a first article on the evolution of the entrepreneurial ecosystem on the Galway medical devices production, I am currently focusing on the impact of multinational enterprises on the Dublin's tech ecosystem. In parallel, I have recently started an international research project comparing the evolution of the entrepreneurial ecosystems of Galway and San Jose, Costa Rica. The results emerging from these projects should carry important implications for managers and policymakers interested in the analysis of new ventures creation and local economic development from foreign direct investments (FDIs). The analysis that I have conducted over the past decade relied on fieldwork that I conducted in several different industries and countries. While I started my research career analysing low-tech industries like furniture and bicycle in Italy and the US, more recently I have turned to high-tech sectors like biomedical production and internet-based firms in Ireland and Costa Rica. The variety of sectors and firms that I have analysed over the years has allowed me to obtain an in-depth knowledge of the phenomena that I direct my research to. This represents a key strength of my research production, which is reflected in the several articles that I was able to publish recently in highly-ranked journals.


  • Title
    • The Furniture Value Chain in North Carolina
  • Summary
    • Project developed by the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC) at Duke University
  • Funding Agency
    • The High Point Market Authority
  • Date From
    • January 2013
  • Date To
    • September 2013



Journal review for Journal of Economic Geography and Journal of World Business

Awards and Honours

Finalist, best published paper in Global Strategy Journal (year 2021) December, 2021

Best Referee Award, Journal of Economic Geography September, 2020

Finalist, best paper in Applied International Management, Academy of Management Conference August, 2013


Member of the Society for the Advancement of Socio Economics 2010 – 2020

Member of the Regional Studies Association 2017 – Ongoing

Member of the Association of International Business 2021 – Ongoing