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Faculty member

Enrico COLLA
PhD in Business Administration
HDR - French Qualification for PhD Supervisor

Emeritus Professor
Campus : Paris


Enrico Colla is Emeritus Professor of ESCP-Europe, fellow of the E. Leclerc/ESCP-Europe chair on future retailing.  He holds a PhD in Management Science from Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University and HDR (French qualification for PhD supervision) from Paris Est Creteil University. His research interests fall into the following areas: comparative retailing, strategies of multinational retailers, e-commerce and multichannel retailing, industry-distribution relationships and regulation. On these subjects, he has published ten books and fifty articles on peer reviewed journals, he advices private and public organisations and lectures on an international level. He is a member of the “Académie des Sciences Commerciales”, of “Cercle de l’ObSoCo” and of the Scientific Council of Istec after having been member of its Board of Administrators and Vice-President.


Enrico Colla earned a a Laurea (Bachelor) at the Department of Law of the University of Turin (Italy) and a Master in Industrial Economics and Management of the Scuola Superiore "Enrico Mattei" of ENI at Milan, where he taught industrial economics and organisation. He specialised in Business Policy at London Business School (International Teachers Programme) and Harvard Business School (Visitor Individual Studies Programme). He has been Adjunct Professor of “Economy and organisation of commercial firms” at Bocconi University in Milan and vice-director of Ifor, Institute for Management Education and Research in Commerce, then Director of Scuola Superiore del Commercio, del Turismo et dei Servizi of Milan. 


In France since 1996, he has been Associated Professor of Management Science at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, Visiting Professor of International Retailing at Paris I - Panthéon/Sorbonne University then Professor of Marketing and Retailing at NEGOCIA, where he served also as a Research Dean, then at ADVANCIA-NEGOCIA, where he directed CRC (Research Center on Retailing). He has been also fellow, member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer, of Ceridice (Centre of international research on retailing and e-commerce at ESCP-EAP) and Emeritus Professor at Novancia.


Enrico Colla is member of the Advisory board of «International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management », of Publication Committee of « Revue Française du Marketing », of Evaluation Committee of “Management et Avenir” Journal, and of Scientific Committee of ERR (European Retail Research). He is a member of Scientific Committees of many conferences of Marketing and Retailing,  of “Etienne Thil International Colloquium on Retailing” and ancient president of the scientific committee of the 14th Etienne Thil Colloquium, and ancient co-President (with Marc Dupuis and Sandrine Macé) of the “12th EARCD Conference”, at ESCP-EAP, Paris. Enrico Colla has been expert in Commercial Distribution for European Commission and Eurostat (1990-2000) and member of “Commission des Comptes Commerciaux de la Nation” (1999-2010).