Diletta Pegoraro

Diletta PegoraroDoctoral researcher
Department of Management

Contact details: d.pegoraro@pgr.bham.ac.uk

Global trends and their role in shaping everyday life have been an interesting topic for Diletta since her first university years. Her MSc in Business Administration focused on the firm’s business network and internationalization strategies. During her master, she actively participated in a Summer School on Entrepreneurship and Business Planning at the Michigan-Dearborn Business School (U.S.) and attended the Sustainable and Globalization Spring Semester offered by the Venice International University (IT).

She designed her Master’s thesis by applying the Global Value Chain Framework to the Denim and Jeans sector by comparing Italy and United States. The thesis suggests a model in which suppliers location, cooperation between actors (firm, suppliers, consumers, and policymakers) and proximity of manufacturing to R&D function nurtures value-added crucial for pursuing a sustainable international competitive advantage. She was a Visitor Scholar in Duke University (U.S.) at the Centre on Globalization, Governance, and Competitiveness and won the prize offered by the Fondazione Manlio Masi as best dissertation 2015 on Globalization and Made In Italy.


  • MSc Business Administration, Ca’ Foscari University - 2014
  • BSc (Hons) Business Administration, Ca’ Foscari University - 2008

Research interests

  • Manufacturing Reshoring
  • Global Value Chain/Global Production Network
  • Innovation and Competitiveness in Advanced Economies

PhD details

Title of PhD:  Manufacturing Reshoring into Advanced Economies

Supervisors: Professor Lisa De Propris and Dr Agnieszka Chidlow 

Summary: The aim of my doctoral research is to explain the novel phenomenon of ‘Manufacturing Reshoring’. The purpose of the research is twofold: first, to contribute to the emerging academic debate on reshoring by proving a multidiscipline approach under the lenses of Economic Geography, International Business, and Supply Chain Management via a cross-country project; second to develop a theoretical framework for analysing the reshoring. The objectives are: (i) to measure the magnitude of reshoring, (ii) to identify the role of a territory’s value in nurturing a reshoring strategy; and (iii) to highlight the best reshoring practices in Italy, United Kingdom, and the United States. The project adopts the framework of the Global Production Network/Global Value Chain for identifying the value-added generated by the reshoring strategies. 

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