Sarah Behnam

Sarah Behnam




POLIMI - Milan


UPM - Madrid




Sarah did carry out her Ph.D. under EDIM program.
Prior to her PhD studies, Sarah Behnam pursued multidiplanary master studies with fullfilling two masters:
Master of Science in Tecknology specialization of Mechanical Engineering at KTH Royal Insitute of Technology
and Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering at University Technology Manalaysia.
Prior, Sarah Behnam holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (2008).
These international experiences have given her the opportunity to immerge, understand and compare different education systems and cultures to widen her worldview.
After PhD, Sarah started working in the National Research Council of Italy, with research activities focus on Circular Economy Business Models.



Articles on Peer Reviewed Journals

- Behnam, S., Cagliano, R., & Grijalvo, M. (2018). How should firms reconcile their open innovation capabilities for incorporating external actors in innovations aimed at sustainable development?. Journal of cleaner production, 170, 950-965.

- Copani, G., & Behnam, S. (2018). Remanufacturing with upgrade PSS for new sustainable business models. CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology.

-Behnam, S., & Cagliano, R. (2019). Are innovation resources and capabilities enough to make businesses sustainable? An empirical study of leading sustainable innovative firms. International Journal of Technology Management, 79(1), 1-20.

- Behnam, S., & Cagliano, R. (2017). Be sustainable to be innovative: An analysis of their mutual reinforcement. Sustainability, 9(1), 17.

- Behnam, S., Cagliano, R., & Grijalvo, M. (2015). Secondary stakeholder integration in the context of new sustainable product/service development: Empirical findings of European cases. In Proceedings of the 22nd EurOMA Conference (Vol. 26).


Current research:

• Link between Innovation and Sustainability 
• Mediators in manufacturing firms for being more sustainable and innovative
• The International Manufacturing Strategy Survey (IMSS) carried out in 1992, 1996, 2001, 2005 and 2009 by a global network.

After years of experience at National Research Council of Italy, where she builds a solid knowledge on coordination and development of Innovation Action projects, she started working as Senior Consultant at Capgemini, working on Digital Transformation.

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Our participants

  • Emrah Karakaya - Edition I

    EDIM is a great opportunity to learn from diverse cultures, grow in double academic areas, contribute to each other and be recognized in a large network. It is a unique doctoral program with its multi-disciplinary research topics and quarterly workshops. I love EDIM!
  • Andres Ramirez Portilla – Edition I

    One of the great advantages of this program is the EDIM workshops, where you can develop and enhance your academic and professional networking. The EDIM workshops need to be considered as a best practice by other Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programs
  • Sudipa Sarker – Edition II

    I am glad to be part of this program not only because of the opportunities EDIM has created for me but also for the wonderful people I have come across during this program. I hope that the future days will be as thrilling, inspiring and stimulating as it has been
  • Simon Okwir – Edition II

    EDIM for me is an industry of knowledge and where you find a career. When it comes to my future uncertainties, EDIM is a combination of both: present partners and future lifelong contacts
  • Maksim Miterev – Edition II

    EDIM is a life changing experience: it has changed where I live, what I do, whom I know and what I want. It's also a great source of friends and potential future colleagues. I feel part of a large international community of interesting people with lots of common interests
  • Anna Darmani – Edition I

    EDIM is like a journey. But, not only a research journey! EDIM is a program by which you can explore different cultures, systems, environments as well as knowledge perspectives. I believe EDIM is one of the best programs for experiencing different managerial contexts
  • Seyoum Birkie Eshetu - Edition I

    Being part of EDIM is more than just doing a PhD. It is about creating family within the academic circle. I am happy to be part of this diverse community with ample informal learning opportunities