Alex Turrini

Alex Turrini

Chair of Arts Management Division at Meadows School of the Arts at the Cox Business School at Southern Methodist University

Co-author with Ornella Larenza and Greta Nasi of Bocconi School of Management of the case “Oltre La Norma! Collaborating for the Reconstruction of Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari” a winner in 2013. This case helps students explore the methods used for the construction of collaborative processes or governance and to discuss the skills of the manager in the public sector who will manage the network of people involved. When the Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari, Italy, was destroyed by arson in 1991, people in the public and private sectors, representing profit and nonprofit organizations at the local and national level, took part in the public debate on about next steps and possible ways of funding the rebuilding of the theater. 

Dr. Alex Turrini is chair of the SMU Meadows Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship as well as visiting professor of arts management and cultural policy at SMU Meadows and Cox School of Business. Previously, he was faculty director of the Government, Health and Not for Profit Division at SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, and director of the Arts and Cultural Management Master of Science program at Bocconi University. Tenured as professor in arts policy and in management at Bocconi University, he carried forward several research, training and consulting projects with different national and international public sector organizations involved in the arts. His research activities center on two main areas. The first area focuses on public policies and management in the arts and cultural sector, the second on public sector leadership and change.


Turrini is the author of numerous books and papers on these topics. His works have been published in International Journal of Arts Management;Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society; International Journal of Cultural Policy; Public Administration Review; and American Behavioral Scientist,among others. He serves as reviewer of some national and international journals and is associate editor in management for the International Journal of Arts Management. Turrini earned both his Laurea degree and his Ph.D. in management from Bocconi University.


Among other appointments, he has been visiting research associate at Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Richard Wagner School of Public Service, New York City; Research Centre for Social Innovation, Heidelberg University, Germany; and SKEMA Business School, Sophia Antipolis, France. In 2017 he received an executive coaching certification from Teachers College, Columbia University’s Columbia Coaching Certification program.