Secretary-General of the Foundation since 1 January 2002
After graduating in law from the Catholic University, Milan, in 1958, he focused on the study of social sciences applied to business management. He was an assistant lecturer and then lecturer in organisational behaviour at the CUOA (University Centre for Business Organisation), Padua, in the 1960s. Since 1986 he has been professor of the sociology of organisations in the Faculty of Political Sciences at the Catholic University, Milan.
From 1961 to 1970 he was involved in research, and managerial training and consultancy, mainly for Pietro Gennaro & Associati and the Boston Consulting Group.
From 1970 to 1977 he worked in companies with direct managerial responsibilities: he was managing director of the UPIM chain, part of the Rinascente Group, from 1970 to 1974, and then joint general manager of an industrial conglomerate.
From 1977 to 2005 he was the head of ISTUD (an institute of management studies, now the ISTUD Foundation), where he achieved his mission of making the institute economically and financially independent and enabling it to take an active part in scientific thinking about management and organisations in the Italian and international scientific community.
As a scholar, Pasquale Gagliardi has contributed to the international spread of the use of cultural and social anthropology in studying the issues faced by companies and contemporary institutions. On this subject he has published articles, essays and books both in Italy and abroad; the best-known is Le imprese come culture (1986), published by ISEDI. He is a member of the editorial board of Organization and Organization Studies, and a member of the scientific committee of AICIS- Åland International Institute of Comparative Island Studies.