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Dr. Giulio Buciuni
Associate Professor, Trinity Business School


Dr. Giulio Buciuni is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Trinity College Dublin and is the Associate Director of the M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which he launched in September 2017. 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 several leading academic journals such as Global Strategy Journal, Regional Studies and Journal of Economic Geography.

In addition to working in the academic sector, Dr. Buciuni is the co-founder of two entrepreneurial ventures.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Breznitz, D., Buciuni, G., and Murphree, M., "Still sticky after all those years? The resurgence of Marshallian districts in a world of global production networks.", Regional Studies, 2023, p1-15 Journal Article, 2023

Canello, J., Buciuni, G, and Gereffi, G., "Reshoring by small firms: dual sourcing strategies and local subcontracting in value chains.", Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 2022, p237-259 Journal Article, 2022

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

Buciuni, G., Canello, J., and Gereffi, G., Buciuni, Giulio, Jacopo Canello, and Gary Gereffi. "Microfoundations of global value chain research: Big decisions by small firms.", Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 2022, p1086-1111 Journal Article, 2022

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., 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

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

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

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

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


Dr. Buciuni's research focuses on the evolution of entrepreneurial ecosystems and the dynamics underlying innovation development in global value chains (GVCs). Overall, his research analyses how small and medium-sized enterprises develop innovation in the global economy, and what is their impact on local economic development. To date, Dr. Buciuni has published 12 articles in ABS 3 and ABS 4 journals, with 10 of them published after he joined TCD in 2016. As for his ongoing research, Dr. Buciuni has 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, Giulio is currently focusing on the impact of multinational enterprises on the Dublin's tech ecosystem. In parallel, he has 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 Dr. Buciuni has conducted over the past decade relied on fieldwork that he conducted in several different industries and countries. While Dr. Buciuni started his research career analysing low-tech industries like furniture and bicycle in Italy and the US, more recently he has turned to high-tech sectors like biomedical production and internet-based firms in Ireland and Costa Rica. The variety of sectors and firms that Giulio has analysed over the years has allowed him to obtain an in-depth knowledge of the economic phenomena that he investigates. This represents a key strength of Dr. Buciuni's research production, which is reflected in the several articles that he was able to publish recently in highly-ranked journals.


  • Title
  • Summary
    • Exploring the impact of remote working on rural places' ecosystem development.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission
  • 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

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

Best Referee Award, Journal of Economic Geography September, 2020


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