PhD UWA; MA Penn; MSc Lond; BEcCom(Hons)UNIVE
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
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Dr Massimo Garbuio is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney. He's passionate about helping students and business leaders become master strategists.
Massimo teaches budding entrepreneurs how to realise their dreams, helping to spark several successful startups. His ability to inspire and guide was recognised in 2013 with a Wayne Lonergan Outstanding Teaching Award.
Working at the intersection of design thinking and strategy, Massimo's research explores how master strategists think about innovation and disruption, allocate resources and make decisions. Collaborative research projects include two global studies with the McKinsey Quarterly. Massimo is invited to speak at international conferences and is published in California Management Review and Journal of Management.
Massimo holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia and studied at University College London and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of Management and is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Management.
Australian Financial Review Boss
The Australian Financial Review’s Boss quoted Dr Massimo Garbuio about how large corporations can capture the start-up attitude.
Massimo Garbuio co-authored an article in Business Insider on why the agile business model may not be suitable for technology-led startups.
Dong A, Garbuio M and Lovallo D 2016 'Robust Design Review Conversations' in Analyzing Design Review Conversations, ed. R. S. Adams & J. A. Siddiqui, Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, United States, pp. 77-95
Dong A, Garbuio M and Lovallo D 2016 Forthcoming 'Generative Sensing: A design perspective on the microfoundations of sensing capabilities', California Management Review
Gheno G and Garbuio M 2016 Forthcoming 'ECrfBimax Algorithm: Using Bicluster Analysis to Improve Reference Class Forecasting', Royal Statistical Society Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 8th September 2016
Garbuio M, Wilden R and Mascia D 2016 Forthcoming 'Entrepreneurship in healthcare: Past contributions and future opportunities', 32nd European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium, Naples, Italy, 9th July 2016
Garbuio M, Lovallo D, Porac J and Dong A 2015 'A Design Cognition Perspective on Strategic Option Generation', Advances in Strategic Management, vol.32, pp. 437-65
Garbuio M, Lovallo D, Koller T and Williams Z 2015 'Improving Resource Allocation Decisions: The Role of Agility and Incentives', 35th Annual Strategic Management Society SMS International Conference, Denver, United States, 6th October 2015
Dong A, Garbuio M, Lovallo D and Porac J 2015 'The Design of Strategies: A Cognitive Perspective on Strategic Option Generation', Frontiers in Managerial and Organizational Cognition Conference, Roskilde, Denmark, 27th June 2015
Flyvbjerg B, Garbuio M and Lovallo D 2014 'Delusion and Deception in Large Infrastructure Projects: Two Models for Explaining and Preventing Executive Disaster' in Megaproject Planning and Management: Essential Readings, ed. Bent Flyvbjerg, Edward Elgar Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Dong A, Garbuio M and Lovallo D 2014 'Strategic Designerly Review Conversations', 10th Design Thinking Research Symposium, West Lafayette, United States, 15th October 2014
Garbuio M and Mascia D 2014 'Doing the same thing: The impact of CEOs’ characteristics on patterns of company strategies’ similarities', 34th Strategic Management Society SMS Annual International Conference, Madrid, Spain, 23rd September 2014
Flyvbjerg B, Garbuio M and Lovallo D 2014 'Better forecasting for large capital projects', McKinsey on Finance - Number 52, Autumn 2014 - Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy
Garbuio M, Lovallo D and Ketencioglu E 2013 'Behavioral Economics and Strategic Decision Making' in The Oxford Handbook of Managerial Economics, ed. Christopher R. Thomas and William F. Shughart II, Oxford University Press, New York, United States, pp. 179-200
Garbuio M, Mascia D and Morandi F 2013 'The source-dependence effect of the information: When better decision-making comes from unscheduled group meetings', XIV Workshop dei Docenti e dei Ricercatori di Organizzazione Aziendale WOA 2013 – “Organizing in turbulent times: the challenges ahead”, Rome, Italy, 31st May 2013
Garbuio M 2012 'The Strategic Leader in Transition', New Frontiers in Managerial and Organizational Cognition Conference 2012, Dublin, Ireland, 7th September 2012
Garbuio M and Mazzoleni I 2012 'Thinking about design: Bio-inspired design for the 21st century', 28th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2012 - "Design!?", Helsinki, Finland, 7th July 2012
Garbuio M, King AW and Lovallo D 2011 'Looking Inside: Psychological Influences on Structuring a Firm's Portfolio of Resources', Journal of Management, vol.37:5, pp. 1444-63
Garbuio M and Lovallo D 2011 'The under-appreciated role of quality conversations in strategic decision-making', 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management AoM 2011 - "West meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, and Transcending", San Antonio, United States, 16th August 2011
Garbuio M, Lovallo D and Horn J 2010 'Overcoming biases in M&A: A process perspective' in Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions (Volume 9), ed. Sydney Finkelstein and Cary L. Cooper , Emerald Group Publishing Limited, London, United Kingdom, pp. 83-104
Flyvbjerg B, Garbuio M and Lovallo D 2009 'Delusion and Deception in Large Infrastructure Projects: Two Models for Explaining and Preventing Executive Disaster', California Management Review, vol.51:2, pp. 170-93
Garbuio M, Lovallo D and Viguerie P 2009 'How companies make good decisions: McKinsey Global Survey Results', McKinsey Quarterly, vol.January
Garbuio M, Lovallo D and King AW 2009 'A beliefs-preferences-attributions model of strategic decision making', Strategic Management Society SMS 29th Annual International Conference, Washington D.C., United States, 14th October 2009
Garbuio M, Lovallo D and Viguerie P 2007 'How Companies Spend their Money: McKinsey Global Survey Results', McKinsey Quarterly, vol.June
The project seeks to provide theoretical insight and empirical evidence on the behavioural determinants of companies and executives that lead to market-creating growth. The question of how to support economic growth through innovation has drawn much attention and debate because Australian companies underperform in delivering value creation from new innovations. This project plans to test a model of growth based upon companies' changes to routines and resource configurations as they create actions to prove a new hypothesis, rather than to confirm what markets already know. The model will involve policies that executives may find beneficial in building up their companies’ capabilities in sensing and seizing options for growth before the market logics of those options have been proven elsewhere. Developing such capabilities could boost the rate of market-creating innovations arising from Australian research.
Australian Research Council Discovery Grant
- Strategic Decision Making
- Design Thinking
Recent Units Taught
CEMS6003 Advanced Strategy
2015: S1, S2,
IBUS3103 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
2015: S1, S2,
MMGT6004 Managing People and Organisations
MMGT6011 Teamwork and Innovation
When developing a strategy for engaging with start-ups, Dr Massimo Garbuio states that big companies need to have the right mindset to successfully capture the start-up attitude to expose untapped assets and fuel innovation.