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Dr Alessandra Vecchi

Senior Research Fellow in Management
London College of Fashion
Researcher Research
Alessandra  Vecchi


Alessandra Vecchi is a Senior Research Fellow at London College of Fashion. She was formerly based in the School of Business and in the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS) at Trinity College in Dublin in Ireland. She has been also nominated Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Bologna in Italy, where she holds a Marie Curie Fellowship.

Besides teaching several subjects mostly in the field of International Business and Operations Management at postgraduate level, she supervises MA and PhD. students in a wide array of Fashion Management related subjects.

She has a significant track of high-profile publications and her research interests tend to be of multidisciplinary nature and rather eclectic. They span from Chinese acquisitions of Made in Italy luxury brands, value creation and strategic upgrading of fashion clusters, governance of family business groups, luxury firms’ strategic use of social media to quality management and the adoption of disruptive technologies both from a Marketing and Supply Chain Management perspective.

She is author of two books – ‘The Viability of Industrial Districts’ (2006) and ‘The Business of Space – The Next Frontier of International Competition’ (2011).

Her research interests focus on the adoption of disruptive technology both from an Operations Management and a Marketing perspectives.

Alessandra has just published a book on the globalisation of the space industry in collaboration with Prof. Brennan (School of Business, Trinity College, Dublin) along with several journal articles on quality management and the adoption of new technology from a cross-cultural perspective. Additionally, she is collaborating with Dr. Della Piana and Claudia Cacia (DISTRA, University of Salerno, Italy) in relation to the joint production of several journal articles and conference papers on family business groups and their dynamics in the fashion industry. She is also collaborating with the Department of Business Studies and ALMA Graduate School of the University of Bologna.

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), e-Size, £85,121.28, (2014-2015)

Research Outputs


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Current research students

  • James Clark, An evaluation of the resilience of business model design within a disrupted fashion high street retail industry (Lead supervisor)
  • Lisa Mann, "An investigation of the experiences of emerging fashion designers in the UK fashion system; how can innovative retail business models support them in navigating a route to market?" (Lead supervisor)
  • Yvonne Ntiamoah Konadu, How can Fashion Design Education Aid in Ghana’s Development? (Lead supervisor)
  • Edwin Phiri, Inclusive Marketing to Enhance Access for Disabled People. (Lead supervisor)
  • Minji Seo, Fashion Technology Industry. An exploratory cross-cultural study of fashion tech firms in Seoul and London to create effective supporting measures. (Joint supervisor)
  • Evgenia Tarasova, Social Media and Fashion Consumption in Russia, 2002-12. (Lead supervisor)