Courses a.y. 2023/2024

  • Strategy Execution
  • Strategy Research
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International Strategy

Biographical note

Charlie Williams is Associate Professor of Management and Technology at Bocconi University and Director of Bocconi’s Bachelors in International Economics and Management. His research and teaching interests center around strategy implementation, corporate strategy, and organizational structure in companies. His research focuses on how people, structure, and experience affect the evolution of firms, with studies that examine how firms adapt their knowledge while expanding abroad, how entrepreneurial firms face the challenges of growth, and how market frictions shape the rewards to different business positions. His research has been published in Management Science and Strategic Management Journal, and he has served on the editorial boards of Strategic Management Journal and Organization Science. He teaches strategy and entrepreneurship at Bocconi and previously taught at University of Illinois and Duke University. Before earning his PhD at the University of Michigan he worked in journalism and technology consulting.


2020 Glueck Award for Best Paper, STR Division of the Academy of Management

Research interests

How do new and established firms grow and thrive?; How does prior experience shape firms’ adaptive capabilities?; How do organizational structure, people, and systems influence adaptation and innovation?; How do executives and founders shape strategic and structural change?