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Dr Alessandro Sancino

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Management
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
  • alessandro.sancino

Professional biography

Alessandro (31) is a Lecturer in Management of Open University Business School (UK), Department of Public Leadership & Social Enterprise. He graduated cum laude from Bocconi University (Italy) where he obtained a Bachelor and a Master of Science in “Economics and Management of Public Administration and International Institutions”. He obtained his PhD in Public Administration from University of Parma (Italy). Before joining the Open University Business School, Alessandro spent two years as Post-Doc in Public Governance at Catholic University of Piacenza (Italy) and several teaching and/or research periods at University of Lugano (Switzerland), University of Birmingham (UK) and Universidad Católica Sedes Sapientiae of Lima (Peru’).
He has a professional expertise in political-management skills, stakeholder management, and organizational design. His main research interests are in new models of business and public administration in society; public leadership; public management and democracy; the relationship between politicians, managers and citizens in public organizations; collaborative management in inter-organizational collaborations; city management. Currently, he is involved in several funded international research projects on “Co-production of public services”, “Management accounting and control systems in public networks", “Collaborative advantage: innovation and evidence use between policing organizations and higher education”. Beyond his academic career, he has also acted in Italy for nine years as local councillor (Municipality of Melzo and Province of Milan) and leader of the council (Municipality of Melzo) and chaired several non-profit organizations.

Research interests

Dr Sancino’s research interests deal with creating and managing for public and shared value in the new world(s). This research vision is based on a systemic approach for understanding governance, leadership and management in the contexts of public, private and voluntary sector. Particularly, he is interested in investigating how outcomes for the public interest are created within a place. He has carried out a series of research projects that focused on the managerial work of Italian city managers, on comparative local government institutional forms, on public network performance and on the relationship between politics and administration in public organizations. Currently, he is involved in several funded research projects on “co-production of public services”, “management accounting and control systems in public networks", “collaborative advantage: innovation and evidence use between policing organizations and higher education”. Future research plans will investigate the topics of “identity of public institutions” and of “power and politics in and around organizations – managing with political astuteness”.

Teaching interests

Dr Sancino’s teaching interests centre around the areas of strategic management for public purposes, corporate social responsibility, city management and political leadership. In the past he has taught postgraduate modules on human resource management in public sector, public network management, city management and co-production of public services at the Post Graduate School Business & Society of the Catholic University of Milan. At the Open University he is a team member of B120 “Introduction to business studies” and co-author of the new B100 “Introduction to business and management”.

Impact and engagement

Chair of the Leadership Discussion Group at The Open University Business School.
Member of the organizing committee of the 2nd Meeting of the IIAS Study Group on ‘Coproduction of Public Services’, Institute of Administrative Sciences, c/o University of Bergamo (Italy), 20-21 May 2014.

External collaborations

I acted as consultant for the ECREIN+ project (European interregional cooperation to strengthen eco-innovation) financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund.
I have been nominated as the youngest Leader of an Italian City Council for the year 2007.

He is member of the IIAS (International Institute of Administrative Sciences) Study Group X on "Co-production of Public Services". Member of the IPMN (International Public Management Network).


Between patronage and good governance: organizational arrangements in (local) public appointment processes (2019)
Sancino, Alessandro; Grossi, Giuseppe and Sicilia, Mariafrancesca
International Review of Administrative Sciences, 85(2) ((In Press))
Towards a multi-actor theory of public value co-creation (2017)
Bryson, John; Sancino, Alessandro; Benington, John and Sørensen, Eva
Public Management Review, 19(5) (pp. 640-654)
Varieties of Participation in Public Services: The Who, When, and What of Coproduction (2017)
Nabatchi, Tina; Sancino, Alessandro and Sicilia, Mariafrancesca
Public Administration Review, 77(5) (pp. 766-776)
Sport as a complex adaptive system for place-based leadership: Comparing five European cities with different administrative and socio-cultural traditions (2017)
Budd, Leslie; Sancino, Alessandro; Pagani, Michela; Kristmundsson, Ómar; Roncevic, Borut and Steiner, Michael
Local Economy, 32(4) (pp. 316-335)
The introduction of mandatory inter-municipal cooperation in small municipalities: preliminary lessons from Italy (2017)
Giacomini, Davide; Sancino, Alessandro and Simonetto, Anna
International Journal of Public Sector Management ((In Press))
Sport as a system of city leadership: comparing the case of Milton Keynes (UK) and Brescia (Italy) (2016-06-16)
Budd, Leslie and Sancino, Alessandro
Regions, 302(1) (pp. 19-21)
Public services management and co-production in multi-level governance settings (2016-03)
Sicilia, Mariafrancesca; Guarini, Enrico; Sancino, Alessandro; Andreani, Martino and Ruffini, Renato
International Review of Administrative Sciences, 82(1) (pp. 8-27)
A Framework for city leadership in multilevel governance settings: the comparative contexts of Italy and the UK (2016-02-05)
Budd, Leslie and Sancino, Alessandro
Regional Studies, Regional Science, 3(1) (pp. 129-145)
The meta co-production of community outcomes: towards a citizens’ capabilities approach (2016-02)
Sancino, Alessandro
VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary Nonprofit Organizations, 27(1) (pp. 409-424)
New development: Directly elected mayors in Italy: creating a strong leader doesn’t mean creating strong leadership (2016-02)
Sancino, Alessandro and Castellani, Lorenzo
Public Money and Management, 36(2) (pp. 153-156)
Motivazioni, condizioni organizzative e competenze manageriali per la co-produzione dei servizi pubblici: un caso di studio (Motivations, organizational arrangements and managerial skills for co-production of public services: a case study) (2015)
Sicilia, Mariafrancesca; Guarini, Enrico; Sancino, Alessandro; Andreani, Martino and Ruffini, Renato
Azienda Pubblica, 28(2) (pp. 157-173)
Stakeholder management e governance locale: quale ruolo per il management pubblico? (Stakeholder management and local governance: which role for public managers?) (2014)
Sancino, Alessandro
Azienda Pubblica, 27(3) (pp. 260-279)
The transactional and the relational approach to contracting out public services: how do they work? (2013-01)
Sancino, Alessandro and Sicilia, Mariafrancesca
Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services, 11(1) (pp. 1-13)
Il New public management in alcuni paesi in via di sviluppo tra eterogenesi dei fini e managerial fashion (Public management reforms in developing countries between heteregenesis of purpose and managerial fashion) (2013)
Braga, Alessandro and Sancino, Alessandro
Rivista Italiana di Ragioneria e di Economia Aziendale RIREA, 113(7-8-9) (pp. 695-708)
New development: the crisis and European local government reforms” (2013)
Meneguzzo, Marco; Sancino, Alessandro; Guenon, Marcel and Fiorani, Gloria
Public Money and Management, 33(6) (pp. 459-462)
Gli enti locali tra crisi e spending review: quale ruolo per il non-profit? (Local authorities between crisis and spending review: what role for non-profit sector?) (2013)
Braga, Alessandro; Sancino, Alessandro and Sicilia, Mariafrancesca
Non Profit: diritto e management degli enti non commerciali, 19(2/3) (pp. 21-36)
Il Direttore Generale dei Comuni tra (city) management, politica e governance locale (City managers between (city) management, politics and local governance) (2012-04)
Sancino, Alessandro
Economia & Management, 2 (pp. 101-119)
Between democracy and management: local government and the dilemma of spoils system. An analysis of the UK model. (2011)
Sancino, Alessandro
Economia Aziendale Online, 2(3) (pp. 303-310)
Debate: Community governance as a response to economic crisis (2010-03)
Sancino, Alessandro
Public Money and Management, 30(2) (pp. 117-118)
L’attuazione del paradigma della public governance negli enti locali: implicazioni per il management (The implementation of public governance model in local government: managerial implications (2010-01)
Sancino, Alessandro
Economia Aziendale Online, 1 (pp. 49-58)
The managerial work of Italian city managers: an empirical analysis (2009-08)
Sancino, Alessandro and Turrini, Alex
Local Government Studies, 35(4) (pp. 475-491)
L’esercizio dello spoil system nella governance dell’ente locale: alcuni casi a confronto (Spoils system in Italian local governments: a comparison among some case studies) (2009)
Sancino, Alessandro
Azienda Pubblica, 22(3) (pp. 533-559)
Le caratteristiche del lavoro del city manager: una risposta esplorativa [What do city managers really do? An exploratory analysis] (2008)
Sancino, Alessandro
Azienda Pubblica, 21(2-3) (pp. 235-257)
Italian city managers: caged leaders? (2014)
Sancino, Alessandro; Meneguzzo, Marco and Cristofoli, Daniela
In: Diamond, John and Liddle, Joyce eds. European Public Leadership in Crisis?. Critical Perspectives on International Public Sector Management (3) (pp. 75-84)
ISBN : 9781783509010 | Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Coinvolgimento degli stakeholder e generazione di valore condiviso nelle amministrazioni pubbliche (Stakeholder engagement and the creation of shared value in public organizations) (2012-11)
Sancino, Alessandro
In: Fiorani, Gloria; Jannelli, Roberto and Meneguzzo, Marco eds. CSR 2.0 proattiva e sostenibile. Tra mercati globali e gestione della crisi. (Corporate Social Responsibility 2.0 proactive and sustainable. Between global markets and crisis management) (pp. 127-142)
ISBN : 9788823843509 | Publisher : Egea | Published : Milan
Managing successful networks: the case of intermunicipality collaboration” (2011)
Cristofoli, Daniela; Maccio, Laura and Sancino, Alessandro
In: Yearbook of Swiss Administrative Sciences (pp. 121-139)
ISBN : 978-3-905839-13-5 | Publisher : Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Verwaltungswissenschaften | Published : Winterthur
Un confronto internazionale: come altri Paesi europei hanno declinato il Patto di stabilità interno (An international comparison: how some European countries have applied the Internal Stability and Growth Pact) (2009-10)
Caperchione, Eugenio; Pattaro, Anna Francesca and Sancino, Alessandro
In: Amatucci, Fabio; Pezzani, Fabrizio and Vecchi, Veronica eds. Le Scelte Di Finanziamento Degli Enti Locali (pp. 91-110)
ISBN : 978-88-238-4240-3 | Publisher : Egea | Published : Milan
The search of a new logic of public administration reforms: the case of metropolitan areas in Italy (2014)
Ruffini, Renato; Tuca, Mihaela; Sancino, Alessandro and Andreani, Martino
In : 9th International Conference on European Integration, Realities and Perspectives (16-17 May 2014, Galati, Romania) (pp. 396-399)
Reshaping (local) public management in turbulent times: conceptualizing domains and providing recommendations for public managers (2014)
Borgonovi, Elio and Sancino, Alessandro
In : Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (3-5 December 2014, Sydney)