Damiana Rigamonti

Staff portrait: Damiana Rigamonti

Damiana Rigamonti is assistant professor at the Department.

How long have you been employed at the Department of Economics and Business?
I started here in May, so actually four months.

What is your background?
I did my Bachelor and Master studies in Management Engineering and last January I got my PhD in Economics and Industrial Organization, all at Bergamo University, Italy. In 2012 I spent six months as a visiting PhD student at the Rotterdam School of Management, in The Netherlands.

What are your main areas of research?
Management, Strategy, Innovation, and Finance.

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
I am working on a couple of projects that focus on Mergers & Acquisitions. The first one analyses the industry relatedness between the parties involved in the deal, while the second relates to the innovative performance of the firms involved.
I also have a project in finance - about the exit strategy of the private equity firms.

In addition, recently I started to develop a very nice research interest in the wine economy, in connection with the culture of wine point of view.

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
I will start teaching the incoming week. I will teach Basic Financial Accounting to bachelor students and a part of Internationalisation of the Firm with Mikael Søndergaard and Pernilla Rørsø at Master level. I will also have a lecture about Mergers & Acquisitions and Innovation in the course of Innovation Management. Then, I will be thinking about an elective course on M&A for the next year.

Are you planning to take part in any conferences or the like abroad in the near future?
In the near future I will participate in the “Technology Transfer Society” conference organized by the Bergamo University and the conference of the Italian Association of Management Engineers (AiIG) which will be held in Milan this time. So it looks like I will be back in my hometown a couple of times in the next months.

Are you expecting any visiting researchers from abroad in the near future (or have you had any visitors from abroad recently)?

Are you cooperating with researchers from other departments at AU at the moment?
Not at moment, but it would be very interesting in the future.

What do you do when you are not at work?
As some of you already know, as I have been quite annoying about that in the past months, I am a horse rider, and I have just been able to move my horse here to Aarhus, at Vilhelmsborg to be precise. So this is what I am gonna do most of my free time. I also like to practice other sports or just biking around, reading and travelling. Then, as a good Italian, I love having a nice dinner with friends.

Supplementary question from Dan Mønster: What has puzzled you the most about Danish culture?
Actually there is one thing that puzzled me in a positive way. As a new employee and also as new in the town I had a very good welcome. And there is a scene that is still happening quite often: a Danish colleague or mate in the horse stable comes to me with a good smile, starts talking, asking, gives good advice and then asks “what do you think about Danish people, we are very closed, right? Everybody says it is difficult to make friendship with us.” Actually, no, I don’t think so and I am happy for that.

Please give us your suggestion for the next department staff member to be presented:
Francesco Violante

What specific supplementary question would you like him or her to answer?
Three..two..one.. What is the first thing that comes to your mind if somebody asks you about Denmark?

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