Research Facilities


Research at LUM

At LUM University, an interdisciplinary approach to research is most welcome both in teaching and researching. Mixing researchers from different backgrounds and colleagues at other companies leads to a wide range of applied and innovative research in specific fields and /or topics.

The research structures are represented by the Departments, Research Centers and Observatories active in the University:

Department of Management, Finance and Technology
Department of Legal and Business Sciences
Research centers

Department of Management, Finance and Technology

The research strategy of the Department of Management, Finance and Technology, in line with the strategies contained in the University Strategic Plan,  is developed and periodically updated taking into account the research fields of the department’s Faculty, and the specific interests of the national and international context.

The research strategy is defined by the Department Council, with the support of the Department Research Committee outlined in the Department’s Research Regulations. Furthermore, the research strategy is developed on the basis of  the available research funds, with the aim of pursuing research results of national and international importance.

The Department’s Head of Research is Prof. Angeloantonio Russo (

Department’s Research Committee:

  • Prof. Angeloantonio Russo (
  • Prof. Antonello Garzoni (

LUM Enterprise



Coordinated by Prof. Angeloantonio Russo and Prof. Domenico Morrone, the Agrifood Observatory, established in 2018, intends to support industrial, financial and institutional operators, both national and international, operating in the agri-food industry. The Observatory’s activity focusses on the collection and analysis of data on the agri-food industry and the state of the art of the sector within the context of Industry 4.0 in Italy.


Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Observatory

Coordinated by Prof. Angeloantonio Russo, the Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Observatory, established in 2019, intends to study the hydrogen industry and the fuel cell technological cluster together with the their impact on the system in terms of sustainability.

The Observatory aims at fruitful knowledge exchange on these topics at national and international levels.

Lean Lab

The Lean Healthcare laboratory, an Accredited Training Organization (ATO),  aims at improving the quality of the services provided to patients and at reducing drastically the waste within healthcare facilities through the adoption of a lean approach in healthcare services (“lean healthcare “).

This goal can be achieved with an overall reorganization of human and technical resources that reduces inefficiencies and wastes.

The laboratory will monitor and support all the implementation phases, from the training part to the operational one. The Lab will also provide consultancy and support to companies wishing to implement the process in their organization.

The laboratory is directed by Prof. Angelo Rosa, Black Belt Lean Six Sigma Certified

Business Crisis Observatory

The Business Crisis Observatory is coordinated by Prof. Elbano de Nuccio, Professor of Accounting and Budget.

The main purpose of the Observatory will be to contribute to the knowledge on the business crisis and recovery and, more generally, on the company processes of change and development. These issues, object of a legislative reform, are of particular relevance today, due to the  COVID-19 pandemic dramatic effects on many companies.

The Observatory therefore will:

  • act as an aggregation center for studies and research on issues of crisis, reorganization and corporate change, both nationally and internationally
  • monitor the doctrinal evolution in the matter of business crisis, with particular regard to regulatory changes that reflect the evolution of the economic context
  • be a meeting point between academic study, the business world and professional operators
  • contribute to the development of tools to deal with change, stimulating doctrinal and normative production.

In order to promote research and analysis  relating to the crisis and the recovery of businesses, the Observatory:

  • will promote national and international conferences and seminars in collaboration with other universities, organizations and associations (Orders of Chartered Accountants and Lawyers and Notaries);
  • will participate in the main national and international scientific meetings and seminars, making the contribution of the experiences gained;
  • will develop specific managerial skills in the field of rehabilitation within the training offer promoted by the LUM Giuseppe Degennaro University; other initiatives will be developed jointly with other universities, including foreign ones, professional and entrepreneurial associations and with the bankruptcy section of the Bari and Trani Court.
  • will monitor the recovery processes of companies in the Italian system through constant reconnaissance and analysis and collects data on the business crisis;
  • will present an articulated set of research projects according to the following lines:
    – empirical research
    – theoretical insights
    – monitoring the progress of business crises in Italy
    – monitoring of regulatory and jurisprudential developments.

Family Business & SMEs Observatory

The Family Business Observatory aims to develop research, training and knowledge-transfer activities in family businesses, with particular reference to business models and typical sectors of Southern Italy.
Family-owned businesses represent the majority of Italian companies, especially in the context of small, medium and large businesses. In these companies, the role of the family is central both in terms of strategic choices and in terms of social and economic impact in the territories in which they have their production and operational sites.
The Family Business Observatory acts as a reference point for all entrepreneurs grappling with choices of growth, change, definition of governance policies, clarification of family-business relationships or engaged in generational succession processes.
The Family Business Observatory develops original surveys and researches and collaborates with a network of national and international academics and professionals, in order to translate the needs of companies into concrete policies to improve their practices.

The main areas of interest are:
– Processes of generational succession and transition in leadership
– Governance models and business-family relationships
– Innovation in tradition and new business models
– Internationalization paths of family businesses
– Digital transformation and change processes
– Sustainability and core values ​​of successful family businesses
– Financial policies for growth

In the coming months, the Family Business Observatory will carry out a survey on the innovation of business models following the generational change, through an exploratory research on the Apulian territory that will involve companies in the agro-industry, textile-clothing, mechatronics and tourism.
Seminars dedicated to companies registered in the network and strategic-organizational check-up, business model innovation and change planning services are also organized as knowledge-transfer activities.