Cultural area, museums and organizations, special events

  • Michele Piazzai
      Michele PiazzaiMuseum and cultural Area Manager

    Deaccessioning of museum collections

    Michele Piazzai is a Ph.D.-candidate in organizational behavior and strategic management. His research focuses on classification systems and the influence of categories in competitive environments. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at the Delft University of Technology, while working as a guest researcher at the University of Amsterdam Business School.

    Michele obtained his master’s degree in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2012. Previously, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV. He also studied Cultural and Environmental Heritage in L’Aquila, Italy, and Management and Marketing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    Michele’s interest in museum management stems from a 1-year internship as curatorial assistant at the Nevada Museum of Arts in Reno, NV, and is reflected by his academic research on the practice of deaccessioning. His work on this topic has been invited for publication on the Journal of Cultural Heritage and it has been presented at cultural economics conferences at the University of Aix-Marseille (2015) and the University of Quebec, Montreal (2014).

    Michele Piazzai

    Date of birth: December 25, 1988
    Nationality: Italian
    Place of residence: Amsterdam, The Netherlands


    Delft University of Technology
    Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management Building 31, room b4.120
    Jaffalaan 5, 2628 BX
    Delft, The Netherlands

    Academic positions


    2011-2012 2007-2011

    Delft University of Technology
    Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management Ph.D.-candidate

    University of Amsterdam Amsterdam Business School Guest researcher

    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Guest researcher

    Ph.D. Management Science
    Delft University of Technology Title: Logics for Categorization Supervisors:
    Alessandra Palmigiano (TU Delft) Nachoem M. Wijnberg (UvA)

    M.A. Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship, cum laude Erasmus University Rotterdam

    B.A. Humanities and Social Sciences, summa cum laude Sierra Nevada College

    Other education

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong (exchange, 2012) Università degli Studi dell’Aquila (2007-2009)

    Teaching experience

    Amsterdam Business School

    Strategic Management and Marketing Theory in the Creative Industries (MSc) Cultural Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MSc)
    Master thesis supervision

    Delft University of Technology

    Ethics and engineering for Applied Sciences (MSc) Ethics and engineering for Aerospace Engineering (MSc)


    Journal publications


    Vecco, M., and M. Piazzai. Deaccessioning of museum collections: What do we know and where do we stand in Europe? Journal of Cultural Heritage 16, 221-227.

    Conference papers


    Piazzai, M., and N. M. Wijnberg. Death of a star: How pursuing multi- categorical identities over time affects the survival of producers in the US market for popular music. European Group for Organizational Studies: July 2-4, Athens, Greece.

    Vecco, M., and M. Piazzai. Deaccessioning in the European Union: Between the subsidiarity and inalienability principles. International Association of Arts and Cultural Management: June 26-July 1, Marseille, France.


    Piazzai, M., and N. M. Wijnberg. Death of a star: A survival analysis on the effects of category spanning in the market for popular music. International Association for the Study of Popular Music: November 6- 7, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

    Kackovic, M., M. Piazzai, N. M. Wijnberg, and A. Palmigiano. Status, signals, and sequences of signals: Determinants of the first affiliation with a higher status core gatekeeper. European Group for Organizational Studies: July 3-5, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

    Piazzai, M., and M. Vecco. Stop amassing crusts and stones: A quantitative inquiry on the practice of deaccessioning for Italian public

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    museums. Association for Cultural Economics International: June 24- 27, Montreal, Canada.



    Medici Summer School in Management Studies. MIT Sloan School of Management, HEC School of Management Paris, and University of Bologna: May 31-June 5, Bologna Business School, Italy.

    Logic and Algebra Day. Department of Pure Mathematics of the University of Johannesburg: January 9, Johannesburg, South Africa.


    Music Matters Master Class. International Association for the Study of Popular Music: November 5, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

    PDW Markets and Valuation. European Group for Organizational Studies: July 2, Rotterdam School of Management, The Netherlands.

    Non-research positions

    2013 Development & Communications Foundation FONDEMA

    The Hague, The Netherlands.

    2012-2013 Customer Service
    Información y Comunicación Local S.A.

    Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

    2010-2011 Curatorial Intern Nevada Museum of Art

    Reno, NV, United States

    2009 Archaeologist
    Università degli Studi dell’Aquila

    L’Aquila, Italy Additional information

    Awards & scholarships

    Departmental Scholar in Humanities and Social Sciences, SNC, 2011 1st Annual Student Symposium, SNC, 2011
    Camille & Larry Ruvo Scholarship, 2010-2011
    National Italian American Foundation Scholarship, 2009-2010


    Italian (native), English (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Dutch (beginner)