Stephen Diasio

Stephen Diasio

Associate Professor of Instruction
Campus: St. Petersburg
Room: LPH 314B
Phone: 727-873-4296
Personal Website

As a researcher of innovation, Stephen Diasio's contributions include extending the open innovation paradigm through his investigation with IBM Innovation Jams. He argues that inflows and outflows of knowledge within open innovation are relevant beyond product and service innovation and through the application of emerging technology can support managerial decision-making. Research during his PhD studies at ESADE Business School culminated in framing his Open Model of Decision-Support research agenda.

Download Not All That Jazz Jamband as a metaphor for Organizing New Models of Innovation article.

He has worked as a lead researcher on several European projects including the IA5 Research Project sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Industry focusing on open innovation- a precursor to Europe's Open Cities and the development of a cognitive system with the GREC research group on Project SENSUS and chocolatier Oriol Balaguer.

Diasio's research touches on the use of metaphors to understand models of innovation. He argues the dominant metaphor of a jazz band to understand innovation and creativity is outdated and limiting. He suggests new metaphors are needed to understand emerging models of innovation and he offers the metaphor of a ‘jamband’ as the new lens to view these new modes of innovation. Drawing from the legendary "jambands" such as The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band and even Dave Matthews Band, he forms insights into the microfoundations and mechanisms to design these emerging models of innovations.

Diasio is co-chair of the Innovation SIG and a track chair for the Open Innovation track at the European Academy of Management Conference.


  • ENT 3613 Creativity and Innovation

  • ENT 4244 Scalability- Corporate Innovation

  • ENT 4945 Student Consulting- Design Thinking

  • Innovation and Dali

  • Management Design Thinking

  • Improv for Business


  • Balser, W, Diasio, S., and T. Kendal (2021) "Societal Reorientation via Programmable Trust: A Case for Piloting New Models of Open Governance in Education" in Grech A, Media, "Technology and Education in a Post-Truth Society: From Fake News, Datafication and Mass Surveillance to the Death of Trust," Emerald Publishing Limited.

  • Diasio, S. (2021) "A Techno-Social Perspective of Innovation Jams: Defining and Characterizing. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management," February DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2021.1884674

  • Diasio, S. (2019) "An Alternative History of Open Innovation: A Complimentary View to Xerox PARC, European Academy of Management Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Diasio, S. (2017) "Open Models of Decision Support: Towards a Framework,"  International Society for Professional Innovation Management, Melbourne, Australia.

  • Diasio, S. (2017) "Problem-Solvers and Solution-Seeking Firms: Connecting Learning to Innovation Contests," European Academy of Management Conference, Glasgow, Scotland.

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