Stefano Zambon is Professor of Business Economics at the Faculty of Economics of Ferrara University, where he teaches also Business Strategy and Advanced Accounting.
From 2001 he is Director of the CIRAMAP (International Research Centre on the Management of Public Administrations). Institutional partners: the University of Ferrara, the University of Bologna (Forlì Campus), and the Faculty of Economics and Commerce of the University of Melbourne.
In 1985 he graduated in Business Economics with the University "Ca' Foscari" of Venice. He has a Master of Science in International Acconting and Finance with the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD in Accounting and Management Studies with the University of London.
From 1986 to 1991 he has worked as a teaching assistant at the University "Ca' Foscari" of Venice, from 1991 to 2000 as a research fellow of business economics at the Faculty of Statistics of the University of Padua, and from 2000 to 2004 as an associate professor of business economics at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ferrara.
His scientific interests deal with international and comparative accounting, intangibles management and reporting, the representation of intellectual and knowledge capital, social and environmental reports, accounting history.
He has held visiting positions at Warwick Business School (1989-90); London Business School (LBS) (1994); the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) (1997) and the Ecole Superieure de Commerce (ESCP) (1992) both in Paris; the University of Melbourne (1996, 2000, 2003); the Università di Reading (1996-98); the School of Management of the University of Boston (1999); the University of Metz (2000); the University of Canterbury at Christchurch (New Zealand) (2005 and 2006); the Waseda University of Tokyo (2009); the Stern School of Business of the New York University (2009); and the Free University of Bolzano/Bozen (2010).
He is and has been a member of the editorial boards of European Accounting Review (1988-2007), International Journal of Accounting (Associate Editor) (2002-2005), Journal of Information Systems, International Journal of Accounting Literature, Comptabilité-Controle-Audit (1998-2003), The International Journal of Digital Accounting Research, and De Computis - Spanish Journal of Accounting History.
He has chaired the Conference Committee of the European Accounting Association (EAA) and, in this capacity, he has been a member of the Executive Committee of this Association (1998-2003).
He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the EAA Congresses of Bordeaux (1999), Athens (2001), Seville (2003), Prague (2004) and Rome (2011).
He has presented papers in many national and international congresses, as well as at several foreign universities (Sydney, New South Wales, Deakin, Reading, London Business School, Melbourne, HEC-Paris, Canterbury, Waseda, New York University-Stern).
In 2000 he has been a member of the “High Level Expert Group on the Intangibile Economy” of the European Commission (Enterprise Directorate General).
From 2001 he is a member of the official Study Group of the Italian Association of Financial Analysts (AIAF) on the valuation and reporting of intangible resources ("Mission Intangibles").
Upon official appointment by the Enterprise Directorate General of the European Commission, he has been coordinator and editor of the Study on “The measurement of intangible assets and associated reporting practices”, with scientific partners the Stern School of Business of the New York University, and the Department of Accounting of the Facolty of Economics and Commerce of the University of Melbourne (2001-2003; available at
He has coordinated the empirical investigation on “The Introduction of the IAS/IFRS in Italy” carried out in the second half of 2004 in collaboration with AIAF, AIFIRM, AITI, ANDAF, ASSIOM, ATIC FOREX, General Accountancy Office of the Italian State (cf. the newspaper "Il Sole 24 Ore", Monday, 21.2.2005, p. 2).
From December 2004 to July 2005 he has been a member of the “High Level Expert Group on Intellectual Capital Reporting” of the European Commission (Research Directorate General) that has prepared a report called "RICARDIS" (Reporting Intellectual Capital to Augment Research, Development and Innovation in Small and Medium Enterprises).
He has been "Chair" of the 1st and 3rd EIASM Workshops on "Visualising, Measuring, and Managing Intangibles and Intellectual Capital" held at the University of Ferrara on, respectively, 18-20.10.2005 (130 delegates, 80 papers presented in 4 streams of parallel sessions), and 29-31.10.2007 (131 delegates, 77 papers presented in 4 streams of parallel sessions).
He has been Convenor of the International Policy Conference on “Intellectual Assets and Innovation: Value Creation in the Knowledge Economy” jointly organised by the University of Ferrara and the Organisation for the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) held in Ferrara, 20-22 October 2005 (185 delegates from 30 countries, 50 presentations;
He is the promoter and coordinator of the Network World Intellectual Capital Initiative (WICI), which has among its members or observers the OCDE, the European Commission, the Japanese Ministery of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the European Association of Financial Analysts (EFFAS), the US Enhanced Business Reporting Consortium (EBRC), the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), the Society for the Knowledge Economics in Australia, the Japanese Waseda University, and the University of Ferrara ( Currently he is the Chairman of WICI Europe and Coordinator of WICI Italy.